Category Archives: Latest Wine News

In our latest news section we endeavour to provide an informative and up-to-date view on all that is happening at Hic! This is the first point of reference for our business opening hours, wines that have received recent press or awards and anything else deemed worthy of putting words onto page!

Winemaker Profiles: Rhebokskloof Wine Estate | Paarl, South Africa

Rhebokskloof News BannerRhebokskloof Wine Estate is a magnificent 600-hectare property spanning two lush valleys and lies at the foot of the Cape’s imposing Paarl Mountain. Dating from 1692, this historic estate was carved up into several smaller farms during the early 20th century, though recent owners have sought to reverse this. Rhebokskloof is now under the ownership of a group of wine-passionate South African business people with a vision, to restore it to its former glory. The project will see Rhebokskloof’s splendid Cape Dutch buildings refurbished to their former glory.

Rhebokskloof has an unique terroir, composed of decomposed granite from the hills surrounding the estate and the slopes of the famous Paarl Rock mountain. The estate is especially known for its Shiraz vineyards, but the rolling hills of vineyards surrounding Rhebokskloof produce various varietals, including Grenache, Mourvèdre, Pinotage, Viognier and Chardonnay.

Buy a selection of Rhebokskloof Wines Online at the Hic! Wine Shop:

Rhebokskloof Wines For Sale

Great Value Californian Wines from The Hobo Wine Co.

The Hobo Wine CompanyA great selection of Californian wines from The Hobo Wine Company have found their way onto the Hic! wine portfolio…..and they offer superb value for money too!

Based in Sonoma, The Hobo Wine Company is the the brainchild, side job, menace to the wine industry, hedged bet, cash strain, mental anguish, late night musing, bruised hands, dirty t-shirts and constant companion of Kenny Likitprakong, who despite knowing better started his own label in 2002 with the simple idea to have some good fun.

Kenny has a few different labels under his Hobo Wines brand as well as Ghostwriter in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where he spent his formative winemaking years. This is a proper ghetto winery, brimming with energy and ideas – (skateboards on the walls alongside trophy bottles of JL Chave and Roumier).

Kenny is talented and self-effacing – a real, honest face of the new Californian wine scene, who imparts his extraordinary knowledge with ease and charm. He buys his fruit from all over the place and depicts the essence of each wine with eye-catching packaging that’s simply about great wine from great sites. There’s so much to enjoy with these wines – and at unbelievably good value for money. There’s no doubt about it, Kenny’s wines are extremely finely tuned, expressing a time and place that effortlessly capture the zeitgeist.

The current selection of wines to buy online from the Hic! wine shop can be found here: The Hobo Wine Company Wines For Sale

Astrolabe Wines from New Zealand available at Hic!

Astrolabe Wines For Sale Online

We are very pleased to announce the arrival of Astrolabe Wines to our New Zealand portfolio.

Astrolabe Wines was established in 1996 and is named after the ship that in 1827 charted and explored the Marlborough Coast of New Zealand. It is the personal project for winemaker Simon Waghorn and his wife Jane, and marks the culmination of a winemaking career for Simon that began back in 1982.

Simon and Jane have developed a range of distinctive wines that express the purity and intensity of fruit flavours naturally afforded by the climate and soils of the Marlborough wine region.

Astrolabe own 10 hectares and work with a number of growers scattered all over Marlborough, from Awatere Valley to the Kekerengu Coast and the Wairau Valley. Each site is chosen for the distinctive flavour it produces and the growers who work with Simon and Jane understand the rhythms of the land and know how to grow grapes that express the terroir.

Astrolabe also has a second label called Durvillea whose wines are made in a classic Marlborough style using parcels of fruit from the Astrolabe vineyards.

If you would like to find out more about Astrolabe Wines take a look at their website here: Official Astrolabe Wines Website

To view the range available to buy online either by the bottle, case, or as part of your own mixed case selection then visit the Hic! online wine shop here: Astrolabe Wines For Sale Online

Two Bird Tipples!

Two Birds Countryside Spirits

Two Birds Countryside Spirits are based in the quaint market town of Market Harborough. They produce a range of exceptional, artisanal spirits that capture the amazing flavours and character of the great outdoors. All the Two Birds spirits are produced in small batches of 100 bottles at a time, with care and perfection ensuring each batch is always as good as the first.

The range of Two Birds spirits include an award winning London Dry Gin, Vodka and Absinthe and depending on the botanics available at specific times of the year, they produce hedgerow and seasonal spirits too.

The handcrafted nature and attention to detail in the spirit production is continued throughout in the final presentation, as all the Two Birds bottles have been meticulously designed and hand decorated with organic inks.

We have put together the following serving suggestions to help our customers get the most from their Two Birds Spirits experience.

LONDON DRY GIN

London Dry Gin ThumbThis is a classic London Dry Gin, packed full of juniper flavour and distilled with only 4 other botanicals. With notes of coriander, citrus and orris root combining with the Two Birds secret ingredient to create a very distinctive and unique flavour.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

Something Simple: In a tumbler glass pour a 50ml serve of London Dry Gin, around 150ml of top quality tonic, plenty of ice and then garnish with a cucumber tongue.

Something Fancy:  NegroniInto an old fashioned glass filled with ice, pour 20ml London Dry Gin, 20ml Vermouth and 20ml Campari. Stir with a bar spoon and drop in a fresh orange peel.

BUY TWO BIRDS LONDON DRY GIN ONLINE HERE

OLD TOM GIN

Old Tom Gin ThumbnailNothing to do with a chap called ‘Tom’…..this Gin gets it’s name from the unusual Tom cat-shaped plaque that hung outside illegal gin houses at the height of the ‘Gin Craze’. Two Birds have refined the original 18th Century recipe a touch, while still retaining the slightly sweeter taste which made this spirit so popular.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

Something Simple: In a highball glass pour a 50ml serve of Old Tom Gin, around 150ml of top quality Indian tonic water, plenty of ice and add a squeeze of lemon and lime. Garnish with a lemon and lime peel.

Something Fancy:  Old Tom Collins – Add the juice from half a freshly squeezed lemon, 2 tsp of sugar and 50ml Old Tom Gin to a highball glass and stir. Add plenty of cubed ice and stir again. Top with soda water and stir for a final time and garnish with lemon wedge.

BUY TWO BIRDS OLD TOM GIN ONLINE HERE

SPECIALITY COCKTAIL GIN

Cocktail Gin ThumbnailOne of the most popular base spirits in cocktail making. Two Birds have developed a specially distilled version of their award winning London Dry Gin by ramping up the juniper intensity – yet still keeping to a modest 40% alcohol-by-volume for a well balanced finish.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

Something Simple: Take a large balloon Brandy glass, fill with ice and pour in 50ml Two Birds Speciality Cocktail Gin, 200ml pressed apple juice, 25ml elderflower syrup and muddle in bottom of glass. Serve with cucumber garnish.

Something Fancy: Passion Fruit Vesper Martini – Take 5ml extra dry martini, 25ml Speciality Cocktail Gin, 25ml Passion Fruit Vodka and 10ml simple sugar syrup and pour into a Boston shaker with ice. Slowly shake and strain into chilled martini glass. Run a lime wedge round the rim of the glass and leave as garnish.

BUY TWO BIRDS SPECIALITY COCKTAIL GIN ONLINE HERE

SIPPING GIN

Sipping Gin ThumbnailMade in ridiculously small batches (only ever 50 bottles available at any one time) the Two Birds Sipping Gin is cask rested for a whole three months prior to bottling. Distilled with a rich mix of classic gin botanicals and then left to rest in two different kind of wood chippings and bottled at 47% alcohol-by-volume.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

Something Simple: Enjoy neat in a rocks glass with ice and served with fresh orange peel to garnish.

Something Fancy:  Old Fashioned Wood Gin – In a rocks glass muddle a touch of demerara sugar and a dash of bitters (such as Angostura). Add 60ml Sipping Gin and a large ice cube. Twist slices of lemon and orange peel over the drink and drop slices in.

BUY TWO BIRDS SIPPING GIN ONLINE HERE

ENGLISH VODKA

English Vodka ThumbnailSmooth, is the only word to describe Two Birds English countryside Vodka. Made from an infusion of distilled English barley and sugar beet, this classic combination of cereal and root crops creates a naturally sweetened and exceptionally smooth spirit.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

Something Simple: In a collins glass pour 50ml English Vodka, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and 125ml of ginger beer, fill with ice and garnish with lime wedge.

Something Fancy: Dirty English Martini – Pit four olives and muddle them with olive brine in a Boston glass. Then add 60ml English Vodka and 10ml dry vermouth, top with ice cubes and stir. Finally, drain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with Mediterranean olives.

BUY TWO BIRDS ENGLISH VODKA ONLINE HERE

AFTER DINNER MINT & ENGLISH VODKA

After Dinner Mint Vodka ThumbnailBased on a well known chocolate mint, the Two Birds After Dinner Mint Vodka delivers bountiful notes of chocolate to start, then rounds off with a refreshing taste of peppermint.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

Something Simple: Serve in a tallboy (half pint) glass with plenty of ice, 25ml measure of After Dinner Mint Vodka and top with approximately 175ml coca cola.

Something Different: Serve in a glass of your choice, fill with ice, 25ml measure of After Dinner Mint Vodka and 125ml of cherry juice. Garnish with a glacé cherry and a straw.

Something Fancy: The One – Half fill a large tallboy with crushed ice, squeeze in 2 lime wedges and add 50ml After Dinner Mint Vodka, 12.5ml sugar syrup and a batch (7ish) of mint leaves. Muddle well with the flat end of a bar spoon. Add the rest of the ice and top with root beer then garnish with a mint sprig, lime wedge and two straws.

BUY TWO BIRDS AFTER DINNER MINT VODKA ONLINE HERE

SALTED CARAMEL ENGLISH VODKA

Salted Caramel ThumbnailThe Two Birds Salted English Caramel Vodka is the classic English Vodka infused with a little indulgence of organic caramel and finished with a hint of salt, to create a wondrous drink of pure delight.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS:

Something Simple: Pour 50ml Salted Caramel Vodka and 150ml quality Soda water into a large tallboy, over ice and then garnish with an apple slice and 2 straws.

Something Different: Pour 50ml Salted Caramel Vodka and 100ml coke over ice in a large tallboy glass. Garnish with a caramel stick and 2 straws.

Something Fancy: Salted Caramel Espresso Martini – Into an ice filled Boston shaker pour 50ml Salted Caramel Vodka; 12.5ml Tia Maria; 5ml simple sugar syrup and a single shot of espresso. Shake well, double/fine strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with caramel wafer  quarter & coffee beans.

BUY TWO BIRDS SALTED CARAMEL ENGLISH VODKA ONLINE HERE

Quinta Da Falorca Wines From Portugal Score with the Wine Advocate!

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Visit our online wine shop to see the current range and vintages of Quinta da Falorca wines available to buy either by the bottle, case or as part of your own self-selected mixed case.

Quinta da Falorca Wines For Sale

 

The Wines of Schiopetto, Friuli – North East Italy

Schiopetto Wines

Hic! is pleased to announce that the wines of Schiopetto, one of the oldest wine estates in the Friuli wine region of North East Italy, are now part of our online wine portfolio.

Mario Schiopetto, son of Angela and Giorgio, was born in 1930 and grew up in the historic inn “Ai Pompieri” located in Udine which belonged to the family. Here Mario experienced at first hand the life of a fireman and then that of a lorry driver. For years he accompanied and helped his father to select the wines for the inn eventually running it himself after the death of his parents.

Before turning to wine making, Mario travelled across Europe in search of quality wines in the most famous wine cellars of Germany and France and it was during these travels that Mario learned the art of making excellent wines.

Guided only by his personal taste and his love for fine wine, in 1963 Mario started to dedicate his time to wine production and in 1965 brought out his first vintage of ‘Tocai (Friulano)’; thus giving birth to the era of modern white wine production in Friuli and transforming the perception of Italian white wine.

Mario soon became part of a group of wine producers who worked from the end of the 1960s and through the 1970s to improve and modernise the methods of Italian wine production. Amongst these pioneers were revolutionary winemakers such as Piero Antinori (Antinori); Niccolò Incisa della Rocchetta (Sassicaia); Angelo Gaja (Gaja); Maurizio Zanella (Ca’ del Bosco) to name but a few.

Mario, fully aware that the real wealth and strength of the business, are the soil and the plants, transformed old unkempt terrain in vineyards cured in great detail, he worked hard to render his vineyards unique and he took advantage of the potential of the Terroir of “Ponca” ( typical Friuli terrain composed mainly of clay and limestone ).

Gradually his children, Maria Angela, Carlo and Giorgio joined him in running the business, carrying on his project with sensitivity and respect, with love of tradition and real passion.

In April 2014 the business passed into the hands of the Rotolo family who intend to maintain intact Mario’s mission and productive philosophy for the sake of continuity.

“A brilliant producer, Schiopetto is the reference point for just how flavourful, perfumed and compelling dry whites from Friuli can be”.

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

You can see the full range of Schiopetto wines available to buy online by the bottle, case or mixed case at our online wine shop here > Schiopetto Wines For Sale <

Digby Fine English Sparklers Join the Hic! Portfolio

Digby Fine English

We are pleased to announce that a range of Digby Fine English Sparkling Wines have been introduced into the Hic! portfolio of wines.

Digby Fine English Wines was launched in 2013 and gained instant global recognition by winning the best sparkling English wine with their vintage 2009 Brut Reserve in the 2014 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships.

Determined to produce wines that are distinctively English in character, the experienced team at Digby have built long-term relationships with the best vineyards across England’s finest wine producing counties (Kent, Sussex and Hampshire). This diversity allows Digby, with one of England’s most celebrated winemakers Dermot Sugure at the helm, to produce a range of sparkling wines with a hallmark richness of flavour and texture focusing on Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.

Inspired by the extraordinary life of the 17th Century philosopher, theologian, writer, pirate, inventor and ‘father of the modern wine bottle’, Sir Kenelm Digby, ‘Digby Fine English’ are wines of distinctively English character.

You can shop online for your favourite Digby fizz here > Buy Digby Fine English Wines Online <

To find out more about Digby Fine English Wines visit their website here: Digby Fine English

Matetic Vineyards | 2016 – Great Accolades in Parker’s Latest Wine Advocate

Matetic Vineyards

 

Chile’s leading biodynamic wine producer Matetic Vineyards have cause to celebrate this month as a range of their wines achieve 90+ points in Robert Parker’s latest Wine Advocate (Issue December 2015).

Leading the impressive line up of scores with 93 points each were the flagship Matetic Syrah and wonderful EQ Pinot Noir.

The white wine’s produced by Matetic also gained favourable reviews with the EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc and EQ Chardonnay both gaining 92 points and the Corralillo Riesling 91 points.

To find out more about Matetic Vineyards, their range of wines and to review the latest news and awards, visit the official Matetic Website

The range of Matetic Vineyards wines are available to buy online by the bottle, case or as part of a mixed case from the Hic! wine shop here > Matetic Wines for Sale Online

Matetic will also feature next month in our meet-the-maker monthly wine producer focus with up-to-date information and special offers available.

To find out more about Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate visit the ‘eRobertParker website

Rooster’s Free Range Yorkshire Beers Now Available to Buy Online from Hic!

Rooster's Trio of Ales

Rooster’s Ales in 330ml Cans For Sale Online

We are very pleased to announce the new arrival of Rooster’s Beers to our line up of soporific sauces!

A long-time favourite ale of ours on draught we are pleased to say the transition to 330ml can is a refreshing change in the growing specialist beer and ale category.

The range for sale on offer includes:

Yankee 330ml Can

Yankee® (4.3% ABV) – an outstanding pale ale that is light and easy to drink. It’s a beer that showcases the floral and citrus fruit aromas of the Cascade hop – grown in the Yakima Valley of Washington State, USA – projected against a backdrop of soft Yorkshire water and Golden Promise pale malt.

 

 

Fort Smith Can 330ml

Fort – Smith (5.0% ABV) – Rooster’s Fort Smith is named after the town in which Rooster Cogburn lived and is a big, bold American Pale Ale. Brewed using Citra and Chinook hops from the USA to create tropical and passion fruit aromas and a lasting bitter finish.

 

 

Baby Face News

Baby-Faced Assassin (6.1% ABV) – Brewed using 100% Citra hops that create aromas of mango, apricot, grapefruit and mandarin orange along with a lasting juicy, tropical fruit bitterness. The Baby-Faced Assassin is a deceptively drinkable India Pale Ale that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

 

 

To buy these brilliant craft ales by the can, case or as part of your own mixed case quantity visit our online shop here > Rooster’s Yorkshire Ales For Sale

Fowles Wine….A great range of wines to set off the Glorious 12th!

Fowles Wine Game Friendly WinesAugust 12th marks the traditional first day of the British Grouse shooting season and for all those looking to put a smart game dish on the table should seriously consider the excellent ‘food’ friendly wines made by Fowles Wine as the perfect accompaniment.

Fowles Wine is a family owned winery that has vineyards located high-up in the imposing granite landscape of Victoria’s Strathbogie Ranges; giving a long, cool ripening season that accentuates colour, freshness and flavour in their wines.

The concept of food-friendly wines is hardly new, but Fowles broke new ground by creating a range of wine designed specifically to be consumed with ‘Game’, repeatedly testing out the wines against boar, venison, pheasant and fish until the blends were just right. Throw in the names ‘Ladies who Shoot their Lunch’ and ‘Are you Game?’ together with brightly-coloured labels designed by Matt Fowles’ wife Lu and, even in Australian terms, Fowles is a breath of fresh air.

They are also the first winery from the Victoria wine region of Australia to win the Great Australian Shiraz Challenge trophy for Australia’s Best Shiraz.

The range of Fowles Wine can be bought online by the bottle, case or as part of a mixed case from the Hic! wine shop > Buy Fowles Wine Online