A Great Variety of Wines and Beers to Suit All Tastes and Pockets
We stock a great selection and invite you to browse our range - you're sure to find something you like and can enjoy at home or give as a gift. You'll find some surprises amongst our selection and some locally sourced gems too! What ever your taste you can be sure that we've carefully put together a great choice.
A brief explanation of French wine ‘Appellations’
Most specific is AOC (Appellation d’origine controlee) with rigid rules about grape varieties and blends. A much wider - indeed Europe wide - category is IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée). This category focuses on geographical origin rather than style and tradition, and gives winemakers greater stylistic freedom than AOC. In France IGP is still often known as Vin de Pays a category introduced in the 1970s. By 2000 there were more than 150 individual VDP titles, covering about a quarter of French wine production. Vin de Pays - literally ‘wine of the land’ - is often translated as ‘country wine’.
Next Tasting Friday 26th May at 7 for 7.30pm
10 wines, including rosés, dry and fruity whites and interesting reds.
Tickets £12.00. Includes nibbles at half time.
Hosted by Tracy Claridge of Maison Sichel SA and Nick Hillman of Wineservice.
SHOP NEWS: Additional Tipples
SHOP NEWS: Additional Tipples
With the lively front cover of the April edition of the Benenden Magazine still fresh in our minds and another wonderful Benenden’s wine tasting evening on the horizon on May 26th it seems appropriate to look at additional tipples on offer at the shop. There is a fine selection of beers including a range of specialist beers from family-run Romney Marsh Brewery situated by the sea on the border of Kent and Sussex. Each ale has its own distinctive flavour and recommendation as to which food it might accompany. Romney beers are made from locally sourced hops including whole flower ones. Likewise, Old Dairy Brewery, originally set up in a remote, disused milking parlour, now operating from a new brewery in WW2 Nissen Buildings off Tenterden High Street, is well represented in Benenden’s. On the shelves you will find beers to enhance all seasons, from light and fruity to a real winter warmer as well as ‘The Dark Side of Moo’, a speciality ale offering a punchy 7% ABV!
For those who might prefer something a little fruitier, there is also a choice of scrumptious local ciders. Biddenden vineyard, already well known for its wine, also produces ciders made from carefully selected Kentish dessert apples. In the shop, these popular wine-like ciders are available in dry, medium and sweet and there is a speciality cider, named ‘Red Love’ which is made with red fleshed apples to give it its natural, distinctive pink colouring. Also on sale in Benenden’s is Wise Owl Cider, winner of the 2015 Taste of Kent Award for best cider. Based in Tenterden, Wise Owl’s founders have gleaned much of their expertise from their frequent visits to the West Country. Their apples are sourced from Pluckley and Bodiam; milled, pressed and left to ferment for two months after which the cider is matured in tanks for a further four months, producing well rounded, dry or medium, slightly sparkling cider.
Considering this enticing range at Benenden’s, there seems to be little reason to deny ourselves a very enjoyable tipple as the summer approaches!