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Buy Sussex, Buy Local. . .

June 5, 2012

We’re delighted that Holly Caulfield, of Chocoholly, and David Deaves, of La Cave à Fromage, both based in Hove, will be offering samples to try alongside more than 40 wines, at our Summer Tasting & Festival of the Senses evening at Lighthouse Arts on Thursday 21 June.

The idea behind the evening is not only to give you a chance to taste some excellent quality wines, but also to give you the opportunity to try some first class cheese and chocolate to support local businesses.

Artist and master chocolatier Holly, who makes all her organic chocolate at her shop in Hove, will be bringing along some of her award-winning chocolate.  Holly said,  “Tasting chocolate is all about educating people. We will be bringing chocolate from Peru and Madagascar, for example, and giving people a chance to try them and see the difference.  All our chocolate has very high cocoa content and we specialise in unusual flavours like geranium and cardamom. We are trying to educate people because the chocolate they are used to tasting on the high street is not really chocolate in the true sense – it is sugar and milk with a bit of dry chocolate powder and not the same thing at all.”

Holly is as enthusiastic about chocolate as David Deaves is about cheese.  As the manager of La Cave à Fromage, he will be offering a number of select cheeses from around Sussex for people to taste.  They will include the award-winning Lord of the Hundreds from The Traditional Cheese Dairy, Stonegate, and the St Giles from High Weald Dairy, Horsted Keynes.

David said: “The cheeses we will have for tasting are all from Sussex dairies and all have quite different flavours which will work well with the wines on offer.  I am looking forward to the evening and working with and supporting other local businesses. With so much competition from larger companies it is great to give people in Brighton and Hove the opportunity to learn about independent producers and to encourage them to shop with them instead.”

It’s really great to be able to have two exceptional and local foodie experts on the night – Hollyʼs and Davidʼs enthusiasm and knowledge will be as popular as their produce!

As well as David and Holly, Simon Woodhead from Stopham Estate, near Pulborough, will be there explaining why the South Downs is so good for wine production.  There will also be several other French producers together with artwork from renowned printmaker Anita Klein, which will be on display, courtesy of our friends at Fawn Art Consultancy.We’re also hosting a “Vinolympics” where you’ll get a chance to rate different wines with an opportunity to win a fabulous prize at the event on June 21 at Lighthouse Arts, Kensington Street, Brighton, which runs from 6pm to 9.30pm and costs £30 per person. Tickets are going fast, so you’ll need to book in advance to secure your place!

For further information or to book tickets call me on 01273 242535 for more information or book online here>>>

We look forward to seeing you there!

Karl Elwood
Your Personal Wine Shopper

Elwood Wines Karl Elwood

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