Fruit wines & Mead

Wines made from fermenting the juice of fruit, and drinks made from fermenting honey

Open Weekend at DJ Wines

6 December 2013 - 8 December 2013

DJ Wines is an enterprising artisan producer of fruit wines, liqueurs and mead in Monk Soham, Suffolk.

Long established, the business was bought by Derek a few years ago, and the whole range has been freshened up.

Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival

5 September 2013 - 15 September 2013

Once more the residents of Brighton & Hove are putting on a food and drink spectacular for locals and visitors alike this September. With some of England's finest beers, wines and ciders on its doorstep, not to mention some of the most creative chefs this side of the world, this is a must for any food and drink lover.

I've got my eye on the Harveys Beer & Foraging Dinner, the evening or Regency Wine & Cheese with Mr Butler and Mr Deaves, to kick it all off, the Bitter & Twisted local beer and cider evening, and to finish proceedings – of course – the Brighton Beer & Cider Festival.

A trilogy of Lurgashall liqueurs

These three berry-based liqueurs in varying brilliant shades of red are all especially appealing at this time of year. They're dark, sumptuous, intensely aromatic and offer the warming comfort of a mulled wine or port, with the added appeal of being made with English-grown fruit. All three expressions - sloe, black cherry, and elderberry port - are new additions to the Lurgashall range, thanks to the stellar efforts of owner and producer Sarah Thompson who only took over the operation a year ago and has spent her time fruitfully by befriending producers in her area with gluts of berries to share. 

British Cassis & friends

Jo Hilditch rose to fame in 2008 when she was awarded a Great Taste Award for her British Cassis, a blackcurrant wine made with fruit from her Herefordshire family farm.

Essentially a British reworking of a French staple, this is like a little black dress - highly versatile and equally at home on many occasions.