New House Wine

Last year saw the introduction of a joint venture between Milsom Hotels and The Hoste Arms in Burnham Market, Norfolk. Paul Milsom and Paul Whittome decided it would be a great idea to have their own label house wines.

There were two obvious advantages – cross marketing between our two companies and a chance to improve the quality and value of the house wines. With the assistance of Johnny Wheeler at Wheeler Cellars a 2006 Sauvignon Blanc, terres des ollieres and a 2006 Merlot, terres des olliers were chosen and have proved extremely popular. So much so, earlier this year it was decided to add a rose to the collection.

The Two Paul’s flew out to Carcassonne (on a very wet and windy day in March) for a tour of the winery where they tasted and helped in the final blending of the Rosé wine. They both thought that this predominately Grenache rose benefited from a splash of syrah and mouverde to add to its complexity.

The result is a fabulous wine, perfect for drinking over the summer months – the 2007 Grenache Rose, terres des ollieres is available in all our hotels and restaurants and at The Hoste Arms so do give it a try next time you visit us.

+Sue Bunting

Fri 6 Jun 2008, Sue Bunting