What a Week!
What a Week!
So last week was a bit of whirlwind here at Connolly’s! Whilst Chris was off cycling the length of the country (literally) and Ros had a well deserved break in France, Mark Tania and myself held the fort here at Connolly’s HQ.
The week began with an enquiry about supplying all of the drinks for a Ball in Wiltshire for 300 guests. We have now agreed all of the wines and we shall be sending of a couple of pallets at the end of the month filled with wine, Champagne, Prosecco, Pimms and glasses on sale or return.
Mark and I were concentrating on organising a Corporate wine event. This was in the form of a Call My Bluff style wine quiz. Three panellists (Mark, Roger Hemming – Rothchilds and myself) all tasting the same wines as all the guests. Each panellist takes it in turn to let the guests know what they are drinking. But… only one of the panellist is telling the truth and it is the guests challenge to work out who! The guests work in teams and we keep score as we go along. This was a great event which we very much enjoyed and the feedback was fantastic. The wines we tasted were outstanding and I think Mark will be blogging about those separately very soon.
Along side this we had all orders from all our favourite pubs, restaurants and bars. One of whom had a private function on Friday night where we supplied everything on sale or return and even arranged a very special collection and delivery early on Saturday morning.
We also spent some time gift wrapping a number of wines for a customer to give out as gifts. These were themed to customers requirements and turned around in about an hour and half!
After a very busy week, I was delighted that I had booked a table for Purnell’s on Friday evening. This was naturally, absolutely fantastic and I cannot recommend it enough.
On Sat just after I closed up our Livery Street shop, I hosted a private tasting at The Red Lion in Hockley. A customer wanted a wine tasting event as a giftt for his brothers birthday. The theme for the tasting was to taste a selection of wines that could be considered of 2nd wine status. Amongst others we tasted the Les Allees de Cantemerle 2004, which was stunning! Delicate, fine and complex, lots of lovely vibrant blackcurrant fruit with hints spice, cedar and a lovely earthy character. Very good and an absolute steal at just £14.85.
.. and breathe, lets see what fun and games are in store for us this week!
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10 % discount you say……?
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