Santa’s Coming To The Toon!
With the Festive Season now upon us, what better way to get celebrations underway than at St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle; even better as Guest Wines had a bounty of fabulous wines on hand. Now that’s what we call a good start to Christmas!
We were honoured this year by being asked to provide our services to two very important events both happening at the Cathedral within the space of less than a week.
The first was to hand-out mulled wine at the 12th Bishop of Newcastle’s Inauguration on Saturday 12th December (a bit of good timing there or was it in the planning!).
Now, Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a drop of two of mulled wine, and we were not about to disappoint, especially a bishop or the kind folk of Newcastle!
This Inauguration was made even more special as this was the first time that the position had been taken by a woman, Christine Hardman.
Snow flurried outside whilst the ceremony was performed, giving the day a festive feel.
Afterwards, the congregation enjoyed a warming glass of non-alcoholic mulled wine (or two) prepared and served by Guest Wines!
Here’s to the Bishop!
Firstly, we were invited to be part of the St Nicholas Christmas Market outside the Cathedral, which took place in the late afternoon to early evening. Here, we showcased a range of English wines, with plenty of fizz on offer, giving great party and gift ideas for now and into the New Year!
Our mulled wine (this time alcoholic) was well received by the passing public, as well as those arriving for the Christmas at the Cathedral event!
And it wouldn’t be a Guest Wines market stall without our “Guess the Corks” competition. This time, we charged a fee to help raise money to help bolster the donations for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Those either spot-on or close to the actual amount of corks in the glass, have the chance of winning either a scrumptious bottle of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2010 or a signed copy of Oz Clarke’s latest A-Z Wine Guide for 2016!
After a quick turn-around, we moved inside the Cathedral and set up our pop-up bar for the event’s VIPs, and stocked with our lovely range of wines, each kindly donated to the charity event from three kind sponsors!
We were able to take a few moments and watch part of the show that took place in front of a packed audience. What a lovely atmosphere!
Once the show was over, it was all hands on deck to serve the thirsty VIPs!
Not only did we manage to quench their thirsts, but also gave them a proper Christmas treat!
Corks popped with Nyetimber’s Classic Cuvee 2010. It was great to get the reaction of the VIPs when they learned that it was an English fizz and how lovely it was too! Boy Meets Girl actress Rebecca Root was very impressed and spent time talking about English wine, having just read the recent article about Champagne officially buying into our burgeoning industry!
In order to ensure that we catered for differing tastes, we had two contrasting white wines on offer courtesy of Majestic Wine. The first, the crisp Brancott Sauvignon Blanc 2015 from New Zealand, matched against a Yering Station Chardonnay 2013 from Australia.
Majestic Wine also provided our luscious spicy red in the form of a Marquis de Riscal Reserva 2011 Rioja – this was also a great crowd pleaser.
The all-important mince pies where aplenty too!
A great night was had by all, and most importantly a fantastic amount of money raised for the all-important Teenage Cancer Trust. It’s never too late to donate, if you wish to raise the bar further then please go to here and make a donation!
Guest Wines wish to thank Christmas at the Cathedral and St Nicholas Cathedral for their kind invitation to be a part of their events. We are humbled!
We would also like to thank our wonderful sponsors for our wines for the VIP after-show bar: