Well as if trying to run a fledgling business during a pandemic wasn’t challenging enough, we’ve also been building a new website over the last couple of months. And here it is. Bear with us, folks, this is still very much work in progress, but you can now use this site to make your orders and pay for them.
If you’ve already used our old PDF/email ordering system, we’ve already got your details in our point of sale software and we’re in the process of pulling all your order history over to here. It’ll be very useful to all of us, when it’s finished. If your personal data has been transferred, you can identify yourself by going to MY RISE & VINE and using you email address to request a password. If your details are not there yet just register with us and we’ll merge your data in the days to come. The easiest way to do this is by placing an order
If you’re new to ordering from Rise & Vine, then just push on by selecting products from our wine, beer and spirits list. The order confirmation process will do the rest.
We’ve worked hard to get this site to be best suited to meeting your needs and doing so in our own inimitable style. We hope you enjoy it and find it useful. We look forward to hearing your feedback which will help us hone this new tool. Have fun!
There are a few wines back in after differing lengths of absence:
After a couple of weeks waiting for stock to arrive from the continent with one of our suppliers, we welcome back Kensal favourites, Crémant de Die and our Alsace Riesling (great value, minerally, dry Riesling).
After more than a month, we now have the new vintage (2019) of the Defaix Bourgogne Blanc, a super crisp, refreshing, flinty white Burgundy from a Chablis producer in the north of the region
And after 18 months absence, we are absolutely delighted to welcome back the gorgeous, biodynamic/organic Bourgeois Diaz ‘3C’ Champagne – which now has a super chic label, to boot. It’s called ‘3C’ because it includes all 3 of the classic Champagne grape varieties – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Between them they provide the full gamut of classic Champagne flavours, from a clean, lemony citrus upper range to deeper, rounder, yeasty, biscuity bass notes. And good organic Champagnes are still few and far between.
A few new wines in this week too:
From Bergdolt-Reif & Nett in Germany, we have recently taken delivery of two great Rieslings and a Muskateller. The ‘Glaube, Liebe, Hoffnung’ (Faith, Love, Hope) is a great value dry Riesling with a predominantly grapefruit crispness. It’s only £12. A little dearer, but still a pretty accessible £17, is the similarly dry, but all together more complex Avant Garde Riesling.
The Muskateller is a dry fermented Muscat. Muscat is a naturally sweet grape, but in this case has been fermented to completely turn all of its sugar to alcohol to produce a dry, refreshing wine with a whole orchard of blossom and fruit wafting around inside it. Absolutely delicious, super-chilled, in the garden (or the park), with a salty snack!
Last week, we also took delivery of Renegade Urban Winery’s ‘Jamie’ Pet Nat. It’s a light, zesty, naturally sparkling wine (pétillant naturel) made in Bethnal Green (yup!) from elderflowery Bacchus grapes grown in Hertfordshire. Again, a cracker for afternoon drinking in summer gardens.
A new rosé that I don’t think I told you about yet is the Gris Marin. A very pale ‘gris’ wine – so pale it’s called grey. It’s grown down in the Camargue, coastal marshland home of pink flamingoes, white horses and black bulls, down on the French Mediterranean coast, where it’s sandy soils produce a light, ever so slightly salty, crisp, dry wine. We have another rosé from down that way arriving on a pallet imminently: A rare, delicious Picpoul rosé. There’s still a chance it will be available at the end of the week, but next week is looking more likely. Finally, at the same time, from the producers of the Versant Viognier, we’re also taking delivery of a delicious, creamy, very well priced Chardonnay – “Romarion”, only £12.
I believe it’s 16 weeks that have passed between the end of the Great British Bog Roll Buy Off and the start of The Summer of Love 3.0 – “The Daisy Nook Mix”. Never has The Chemical Brothers’ Out of Control seemed more appropriate.
Of course, the big dairy date for this weekend is “Independence Day”, alternatively the celebration of American independence from British rule, the day the pubs open, or, somewhat ironically, the day the pubs close in at least a handful of American states. But this weekend in England all but Leicester’s pubs open for non-essential drinking and the world’s largest experiment in inebriated social distancing. Of course, for home-based essential drinking, we’re still here for you.
And it’s not just 30ish years since the Second Summer of Love, but next week also heralds a particularly loved-up anniversary of my own, as next Tuesday it will be precisely 30 years (a pearl anniversary) since I married my business collaborator, fellow adventurer, wise councillor, best friend and soulmate, Lindsay. (Really, you thought I was going to say Shaun?) And she stuck with me! What did she see in me? Potential? (Remember – for 29 of those years I didn’t own a wine shop!)
This is all a very meandering way – and if you’ve ready any of my Co.Ro.Missives, you’ll be well aware that I alwaystake the scenic route? – of coming to the point that I’m taking a couple of days off at the start of next week. L and I are going, like Cummings, up North for a few days to hunker down in an isolated, unattractive farm bunker. (Note to self: check vision before journey.)
As Luca is returning to his “proper” job, next week too, Shaun will be flying solo on Monday and Tuesday next week. In past times, that was never a challenge for us, but it does mean that we’ll be running a reduced delivery service on those two days. If you need it, Shaun will get your order to you, but it will not be until after he closes the shop, so don’t bank on anything much before 8pm. If you can, please plan ahead and get us to deliver this weekend? If you do order on Monday or Tuesday and are not in a hurry, please let Shaun know that it’s OK to deliver the next day, before we open, maybe? But like I say, if you’re gagging for a drink, Shaun won’t let you go thirsty!
If you dropped into the shop last week, you’ll have noticed everything in upheaval once again. Last week we had heating and air conditioning installed in the shop and cellar… just in time for last week’s mini heat wave to come to a grinding halt! Whilst we were not looking forward to melting in the next […]
There are a few wines back in after differing lengths of absence: After a couple of weeks waiting for stock to arrive from the continent with one of our suppliers, we welcome back Kensal favourites, Crémant de Die and our Alsace Riesling (great value, minerally, dry Riesling). After more than a month, we now have […]
If you dropped into the shop last week, you’ll have noticed everything in upheaval once again. Last week we had heating and air conditioning installed in the shop and cellar… just in time for last week’s mini heat wave to come to a grinding halt!
Whilst we were not looking forward to melting in the next big heat wave, there’s a more fundamental reason for keeping the shop and cellar temperature under control – the wine. Last year, during the record spike in heat in July, some of the bottles got so warm that they began to ease their corks out! Having significantly increased the shop’s range and stock holding in the intervening 12 months, we can’t afford to risk the stock going off and need to look after those babies.
A disadvantage to this is that we now need to keep the shop door closed to keep the cool air in. All the more reason for continuing to limit the number of people in the shop and limiting the amount of time that people spend in here too. We’re taking extra care to wipe the shop door handle with anti-viral surface cleaner regularly, to minimise the chances of contagion at touch points and have ordered a hand sanitiser unit to stand outside the door, so you can clean your hands before entering and after leaving the premises.
Other cool news (Shaun may have mentioned this if you were in the shop lately?) for when the sun comes back, we now sell ice in 2kg bags.