2020 Newsletters & Staff Picks

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December Newsletter

By Rachel, 1st December

It’s come round quick this year, or at least, it feels like it after months of… nothing… and I reckon we all deserve a nice break, with plenty of food, presents, booze, and other treats. Whether you’re having just a cosy, 1 household celebration avec zoom calls, or you’re heading off to celebrate with 2 other households, we wish you safety and all the joy in the world.

Please remember that we still have a maximum capacity for safety reasons, so we recommend getting any Xmas shopping done early (unless you reeeaally love queuing in the cold!) You can also skip the queue by ordering for collection! All of our stock is listed on our website – just send over what you would like to tiny@tinystipple.co.uk And if you’re feeling a little stuck for gift ideas, we’ve got plenty of options on our website! 

This month’s staff picks pair well with Xmas dinners, evenings round the fire, mince pies, party hats, food comas, and three households’ (😮) worth of cheer! And if you’re in the giving mood, they’ll make great gifts too 🎄🎁🎄🎁

Tiny’s Bag O’ Christmas Essentials £99

Christmas in a bag! Perfect for a gift, or just an easy way to stock up for the holidays! We’re not gonna force you to drink it all in one day… but if you’d like to, we’d recommend the following pairings!
Aperitif/Canapes –  J Laurens Cremant de Limoux – A light and citrusy fizz.
Light Starter/ Fish Course – Gavi di Gavi Nuovo Quadro White–  Peach, pear, lime and gooseberry.
Christmas Roast – Bodegas Piedra Prohibida Red – Bursting with rich and juicy red berry flavours.
Christmas Pud – Fernando De Castilla Cream Sherry – Sweet, smooth, flavours of nuts and citrus.
Cheeseboard – Krohn Ruby – This mature port has notes of sweet plum, cherry and hints of spice.
Nightcap – 
Pohjala Cellar Series Cognac BA Stout – Sweet, rich, smooth, with plenty of cognac flavour!
If you’d like to see more of our Xmas suggestions, there’s loads more on our website.

Langoa Barton St Julien 2009 £99 (2011 £72)

The prestigious Langoa Barton are a 10th generation wine producer from the left bank of the Bordeaux region. Langoa Barton were awarded 3rd Classified Growth status in the 1855 classification, and they’re one of the longest-standing families of winemakers in Bordeaux. The grapes for this gorgeous red (Cab Sav, Merlot & Cab Franc) were grown on gravelly soil on gentle slopes overlooking the river. They ripen quite early, allowing plenty of time to develop full, rich flavours before harvest, which are then enhanced by aging the wine in French oak. We’ve got two vintages of this very special wine – 2011 and 2009. 2011 was a great year – the wine has rich flavours of strawberry and black cherry fruit, with powerful notes of spice and leather. And if 2011 was a great vintage, 2009 was an extraordinary one. This wine is a true celebration of the Langoa Barton style. The composition is rich and complex, with notes of wild flowers, strawberry, black cherry, toasted bread, spice, and dried fruit. A firm, structured body with tasty, almost mellow tannins and remarkable density.  With already a significant bottle age, these reds are delicious now, but will also age well for another 20 years.

Pago Ayles ‘A’ de Ayles £14

This gorgeous red is from the Aragon region in North East Spain. Wine nerds would be interested to know that this wine is from one of the world’s newest DOs (Denominations of Origin –  the classification and rules system of the wine world which determines what makes a Rioja a Rioja, a Champagne a Champagne etc. – it’s a little like the rules about Cornish Pasties… but A LOT more stringent and complicated!) The ‘Vino de Pago’ system came into legal being in 2003, and is the pinnacle of the Spanish classification system. Pago means “single vineyard”, To become a certified pago, there are several requirements: the pago needs to be owned by the winery who produces the wines, the pago has to be within a registered DO, and the pago has to demonstrate unique characteristics that make it worthy of receiving the status. To my knowledge (and Googling expertise), Ayles is one of 17 certified Pagos. Their vineyards produce extraordinary grapes due to the extraordinary terroir – the extreme weather fluctuations ensure a long, slow ripening season which intensifies flavour, and the stoney, clayey Tertiary soil imparts minerality and clings to little rainfall there is in the area. We’ve got a few of Ayles’ wines in – this one, ‘A’, is a fresh and juicy blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Elegant, yet intense notes of fresh red fruits, ink, spices and final floral character. Full bodied with moderate tannins. 

Pazo Señorans Albariño £21

Pazo Señorans sits on the coast of Galicia in Western Spain. Their vineyards are cultivated on a pergola system on granite rich soil, 10 kilometres from the sea. The cool sea breeze and acidic soil provide the grapes with their individual, fresh, aromatic flavours, characteristic of Pazo Señorans. The grapes are hand picked, before being immediately pressed and fermented in stainless steel to preserve their bright freshness. This Albariño has notes of nectarine, fresh figs, orange zest and white flowers. Dry, citrus flavours lead to a mineral-driven finish. A satisfying balance of power and finesse. 

Fernando de Castilla Antique Pedro Ximenez £36

Pedro Ximénez grapes are harvested and dried for up to 2 days in the hot September Spanish sun. Fernando De Castilla’s sherries are all from individual soleras, bottled without blending, cold stabilization or filtration of any kind in order to preserve the subtlety, purity and distinctive aromas of these premium wines, and are bottled in clear glass to show off the wonderful colour of these wines. This sherry spent around 20-30 years in barrels. It is a concentrated, pitch black liquid, with all the drama and intensity you would expect from a 20 year old plus PX. There is coffee, liquorice, sweet tobacco, prunes, figs, raisins, tea and a dozen other fleeting scents with a surprising lightness and delicacy. An incredible, seductive, luscious and wonderful sherry.

Krohn 2007 Colheita £27

In the century and a half since its foundation, Krohn has built up an outstanding reputation and produce a wide range of beautiful styles. Their ports (with the exception of the white) are made with Touriga National, Touriga Francesca, and Tinta Barroca grapes, and they come from the highest quality vineyards – the magical combination of terroir, locality, aspect, incline and low-yielding vines. The vineyards are on single-row terraces on steep hillsides, ensuring the vines have plenty of sunshine and the best soil quality. They keep to traditional methods – the vineyards are biodynamic and organic, the grapes are picked by hand, and the highest quality wines are still trodden by foot. A hot summer followed by a showery September makes the 2005 vintage intensely flavoured and sweet. Full-bodied with layers of black cherry, dark bramble fruits, grippy tannins and vibrant acidity. Delicious now, but will age well. We recommend decanting.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee £45

Made in a classic Champagne style, this English sparkler is a great alternative for a bit of festive fizz. Nyetimber is a world-renown sparkling wine producer from the South of England (where the climate is very similar to the Champagne region). The Nyetimber vineyards are spread across different sites in Sussex, Hampshire and Kent – the areas were chosen for their chalky soil and gentle south-facing slopes, to ensure the best quality grapes. The wine is made using Methode Champenoise (barrel-aged still wine is re-fermented in bottle to make it sparkle) and then aged in their cellars for about three years for added complexity. Notes of toasted brioche, honey, almond, pastry, and baked apple with a zingy citrus twist. Chardonnay 55-65%, Pinot Noir 30-40%, Pinot Meunier 5-15%

Põhjala Öö XO £8.50

A bit of an indulgent treat, this beer is from Estonian brewery, Põhjala (pronounced pee – /r/ee – la, with one of those guttural phlegmy noises in the middle). It’s a special version of their Öö Imperial Baltic Porter, which has been aged for four months in Cognac barrels. At 11.5%, it’s a little dangerous, but oh so worth it. A silky smooth texture of dark malts, with sweet flavours of jammy red fruits, cognac, liquorice, and honey. Hints of molasses mix with those of rich dark chocolate, espresso, and muscovado sugar, all balanced with elegant tannins and a hint of spice.

Pilton Scarlet Sharpe £7.50

Pilton are artisan cider producers from Somerset and they make traditional keeved cider – that’s cider that is fermented naturally with wild yeast. This shockingly pink liquid one is a flesh-fermented-barrel-aged blackcurrant wine, blended with naturally sweet keeved cider and dry-hopped with Mandarina Bavaria and Mosaic. Ripe red fruits on the nose, sour currants on the palate, dry cider tannins on the finish. It makes an excellent alternative to Port with a cheeseboard!

Pomona Island Home For the Holograms £9

The boys from Salford’s Pomona Island Brewery have brewed this outrageously festive maple and chestnut imperial stout. Chestnut beer has a surprisingly long history in Europe – chestnuts have been used in brewing since Greco-Roman times, and this sweet, nutty ale is still a thriving industry in parts of Italy (birra alle castagne) and France (bierre aux marrons). Pomona’s interpretation is a rich and decadent stout – plenty of roasty malt flavours, with nutty chestnut and sweet maple.

Tilquin Pinot Gris £30

Tilquin are a Blendery based in the Senne valley in Belgium. They do not brew themselves, instead, they buy in fresh lambic beers from various Belgian producers and then take over the intricate process of barrel aging and blending. The process of blending beer from many different breweries means that the product is incredibly complex, and it ensures that their beautiful house style is consistent, year in, year out. Tilquin have taken their house gueuze, A L’Ancienne, and have aged it with pinot gris grapes at an intensity of 28%. The grapes have added a delicate fruity sweetness, and tonnes and tonnes of complex musty and yeasty notes – one for a lambic connoisseur.

We would like to thank everyone coming through our door. The uncertainty this year has been a bit tough, so we really appreciate your custom.

Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, and all that jazz. 

Lots of love,

Tiny’s Crew x

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November Newsletter

By Rachel, 5th November

I actually wrote the November newsletter just before lockdown was announced… but then everything changed again, and we had to scrabble about to work out what the rules were and whether we could and should open (plus, my lame puns about fireworks now seemed a bit out of place!) But we are open for the forseeable, we have plenty of hand sanitiser and disinfectant spray, and we are gearing up for Christmas! So here’s our news and picks for the month!

Speaking of the run-up to Christmas, we’re offering Beer Advent Calendars! We thought this would be a great way to help support the hard-hit brewing industry, while also introducing some beer-based joy to the festivities! For £125, you get 24 hand-picked craft beers, all festively wrapped up and numbered. We’re making these to order, so please send us an email if you’d like one!

This month’s staff picks pair well with Bonfire Night back-garden sparklers, cold nights, and snuggling under blankets on the sofa. We’ve also chosen a few smokey tipples to help re-create that ~bonfirey vibe~ indoors. 

Ardbeg Corryvreckan £90

This whisky is perfect for lovers of peat and smoke – I reckon it’s the smokiest thing in the shop. Named after the nearby famous whirlpool, this Islay single malt is powerfully peaty and immensely satisfying. Flavours of peat, tobacco, slightly medicinal clementine peel, burnt herbs, roast chicken crisps, smoked meat, spice, and a tangy, salty finish. Corryvreckan is an intense dram that we simply love.

Pilton Ten £4.50

This dry keeved cider was made to celebrate Pilton’s 10th birthday. This artisan cider producer from Somerset makes gorgeous cider, full of complex flavour. This one started out as a clean bittersweet keeved cider from 2019, that was then blended with a smooth, low tannin 2018 Jonagold cider and other ciders from multiple barrel-aged batches. The result is a layered, full-bodied, dry cider. A perfect accompaniment to roast lamb or robust beef stew.

Alasia Barolo £23

From Araldica is Piemonte’s most forward-thinking co-operative, situated in Castel Boglione, in the heart of Barbera d’Asti territory. This is Araldica’s top tier Barolo from selected vineyards. The grapes are grown on sustainable and eco-compatible vineyards, trained on a low Guyot trellis, before being hand-harvested, fermented in steel and matured in  Slavonian oak casks for three years. A fine, expressive style with lightly smokey and floral aromas with richness and structure. Dark plum, leather and delicate violet aromas, plus notes of woodsmoke and brown spice. A full, firm and ripe red with rich, powerful flavours. All balanced by ripe tannins, complex savoury notes and a long finish.

Alpha Box & Dice Golden Mullet Fury Semillon Viogner £20

This Ozzy orange wine is complex, exotic, and completely bonkers. The grapes, Semillon and Viognier, come from the same plot in McLaren Vale – the vineyard has a sand and clay soil, and is close to the beach, which gives the grapes lovely briney notes. The Semillon is picked when just ripe, right after losing green capsicum flavours and the Viognier is picked before it develops apricotty characteristics, keeping the blend crisp. The grapes are co-fermented on their skins for three weeks before spending 18 months in oak (70% in aged barrels and 30% in re-worked (Phoenix) barrels). A pithy, textured wine with exotic and complex flavours of guava, capsicum, spice, almonds and smoke. Try it with curries – particularly Thai Green.

J Perrier NV £42

A new wine on our shelves, this classic sparkler is great for any celebratory moment (and any ordinary moments tbh). Founded in 1825, Joseph Perrier has been owned and run by the same family since 1888 from the base in Châlons-en-Champagne, home to three kilometres of galleries. The NV Brut Champagne is a chardonnay-dominated blend, and has been aged for three years before release in order to fully develop rich flavours. This wine is a perfect balance of delicate freshness, with complex richness – flavours of green apple and vine peach bring a fruity touch, with a nice roundness on the palate, and a long and refreshing finish. Enjoy as an aperitif, or, if you’re being extra fancy, with gravlax.

Vault City Pear and Vanilla Sour £7.50

This Dundee based brewery has made a name for itself recently by making EXTREMELY FRUITY beers. These juicy little numbers are just so damn refreshing. This one is sweet, comforting, and full of decidedly ~autumnal~ tasting pear flavours. The sweet cakeyness of the pear and vanilla is balanced by lip-smacking tartness.

Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen £3.50

Have you ever thought: “I’d like a beer that tastes like bacon”? If so, this is your lucky day! It might sound a little mad, but bear with me! Schlenkerla is one of the last few remaining producers of traditional smoked beer in the world, but smokey beer used to be the norm. The intense smokey flavour comes from the method of malting, where the grains are heated using a wood fire – before the invention of modern malting methods, all beer would have had this smokey flavour from the wood fires. The delicious smokey malt is then made into a gorgeous clean lager in Schlenkerler’s own lagering cave. You’re gonna have to trust me on this one – this beer is fantastic (if an acquired taste)!

Jute Bag £9

Made out of eco-friendly jute, these bags are big enough to fit 6 bottles of wine or beer, and there’s a nice protective divider to ensure your precious cargo doesn’t get smashed! It features a cute wee drawing of our shop (drawn by our very own Rach), and it would make a lovely present – especially if filled with booze 😉

Remember, remember to enjoy your November (preferably with something alcoholic!) We also all have to look after each other – check on your neighbours, donate to food banks, support your local area, wash your hands, and keep safe!

Lots of love,

Tiny’s crew x

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Autumnal Vibes

By Rachel, 1st October

The nights are turning chilly and the skies are turning drizzly, but it’s not all driek and dismal! The leaves are also turning [red], and after 6 looong months stuck indoors, the warmth of cozying up in our own homes is finally becoming really appealing! Our staff picks for this month are inspired by Autumn – we’ve chosen reds as intense as the Autumn leaves, full-bodied and rich whites, and tipples that are perfect for sipping round open fires. 

The eagle-eyed among you might have noticed that there’s been a few changes to the website: we’re slowly making our way through it and adding descriptions and pictures for all our products. We’re not quite finished, but some pages are ready – so if none of this month’s staff picks inspire you, take a gander at what else we have to offer! 

Emiliana Novas Carmenere Cabernet Sauvignon £12.50

Emiliana are an outstanding producer, who have been leading the way for organic winemaking in Chile.The grapes grow under the unique climate of Colchagua Valley: coastal breezes ensure the grapes develop punchy acidity and a lovely salinity, while the hot dry summer encourages proper ripening and development of fruit flavour. The wine is full of black cherry flavour, with intense fruity notes of blackcurrant and strawberries that give way to oaky flavours of black pepper, tobacco leaf and chocolate. A real easy drinker, and it goes great with steak and pepper sauce.

Manzanos Rioja Blanco £11.50

On the border between Rioja and Navarra, Victor Manzanos is a 4th generation winemaker championing modern Rioja Baja styles. The grapes (Viura and Chardonnay) are grown on clay-limestone soil, which imparts a delicate minerality to the wine. The grapes are hand picked, then fermented in steel before being matured on the lees in oak barrels for 4 months. A soft and luscious white, with sweet notes of chamomile, peach, citrus and tropical fruits, all balanced with notes of cream and spice from the oak.

Domaine Saumaize Pouilly-Fuissé £28

A gorgeous and rich Burgundian white – full bodied and beautifully balanced. 100% Chardonnay, the grapes are grown on the limestone and clay soils of Solutré and Vergisson. Fermented in barriques, this wine then spent 12 months in a mixture of new and older French oak. Creamy and buttery with a lovely touch of oak that adds a slightly nutty character to this beautiful wine. Rich but restrained, there is a real elegance and a sense of quality that shines right through to the end. If you’re a fan of oaky whites, then this is the perfect wine for you – pair with fish, poultry and salads.

Alpha Box & Dice ‘Xola’ Aglianico £27

This single vineyard wine from McLaren Vale in South Australia is a complex tipple, but it rewards with plenty of unique, puchy flavours. A surprising nose of beetroot juice poured over graphite shavings sets you up for quite a journey! The palate shares the same dense minerality and graphite texture as the nose with a quiet but growing presence of forest floor and frozen berries. On opening, this fruit thaws to release fresh summer pudding and cream served in a pencil case. Bonkers!

Track Sonoma £4.20

The unofficial beer of Manchester: the mighty Sonoma. Made under the archways near Piccadilly, Sonoma is a juicy, bright, Pale Ale. Hopped extensively with Centennial, Citra and Mosaic hops at flame out & dry hop, it’s full of citrus fruit aroma and flavours: a taste of Manchester sunshine, even when the summer is long over! And at 3.8%, it’s a treat that can be enjoyed on a school night 😉

Põhjala Öö XO £8.50

A bit of an indulgent treat, this beer is from Estonian brewery, Põhjala (pronounced pee – /r/ee – la, with one of those guttural phlegmy noises in the middle). It’s a special version of their Öö Imperial Baltic Porter, which has been aged for four months in Cognac barrels. At 11.5%, it’s a little dangerous, but oh so worth it. A silky smooth texture of dark malts, with sweet flavours of jammy red fruits, cognac, liquorice, and honey. Hints of molasses mix with those of rich dark chocolate, espresso, and muscovado sugar, all balanced with elegant tannins and a hint of spice.

Bobbys Schiedam Dry Gin £47

For those thinking that it might be getting a wee bit too chilly for gin: I present this gorgeous Dutch gin, full of exotic and warming spices. This spirit is inspired by the maker’s Indonesian grandfather, Bobby, who upon arriving in the Netherlands, would infuse his jenever (Dutch gin) with Indonesian botanicals. This spicy and fragrant spirit is a unique blend of traditional botanicals – juniper, rosehip, and fennel – with Indonesian flavours – lemongrass, clove, coriander, cubeb pepper, and cinnamon. It’s a fresh burst of citrus and herbs, with a warming, spicy hum of pepper and cinnamon. Perfect with tonic and a twist of orange peel. 

Lafage Maury Grenache £16

This is a deliciously sweet red wine from husband and wife team Jean-Marc and Eliane Lefage. Jean-Marc’s family have been growing grapes in Roussillon, France, for six generations, and the pair set up their estate in 1996. The grapes for this wine (100% Grenache) are from old vines in the Agly Valley: with its black shale and layered schist soil in the shadow of ruined Cathar castles, it is one of Europe’s most exciting terroirs, and it produces grapes with pronounced minerality and flavour concentration.This wine is full-bodied and rich, with intense flavours and aromas of dried red fruits, chocolate and coffee. Pair with chocolate desserts.

Enjoy your Autumnal weather, enjoy kicking through leaf piles, and enjoy your Autumnal tipples!

Lots of love,

Tiny’s crew x

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Back To School

By Rachel, 1st September

It’s that time of year again. We’ll be seeing again “the whining schoolboy, with his satchel / And shining morning face, creeping like snail / Unwillingly to school”, but for the first time, this sight feels unfamiliar and jarring. It also feels a bit ‘back to school’ for those of us over the legal drinking age: unwillingly swapping pyjama bottoms for a suit and creeping back into offices.

Everything is still a bit weird, but as we crawl back to normality, we’ve got the perfect tipples to lubricate your resolve and ease you back into the swing of things. This month’s staff picks are inspired by the two moods of September: sophisticated and decidedly adult drinks to help you feel more like yourself again, and easy-drinking and comforting flavours for when you feel like crawling back into your pyjamas.

Di Majo Norante Rami Falanghina £16

This is a grownup and complex white from producer Di Majo Norante in Molise (around about the ‘ankle’ of Italy). It’s an expertly crafted balance of flavours – apricot-like fruitiness, mellow peachy acidity, and a savoury creaminess of bitter almonds. Pair with seafood, grilled vegetables, and relaxed evenings without the kids.

Susanna Balbo Crios £14.50

An incredibly drinkable wine from a powerhouse of the wine world – Susana Balbo from Argentina has worked around the world and regularly tops lists of influential women in wine. We stock several of her beautiful wines, but we’ve chosen this one for the qualities which make it so easy-going and drinkable – it’s light, crisp and incredibly refreshing, with a lively acidity and bright flavours of citrus, lychee and passionfruit. A really food-friendly wine – pair it with barbeques, fish dishes, salads, white meat and thai food. 

Ver Sacrum Dona Mencia De Los Andes £32

Argentinian producers, Ver Sacrum produce gorgeously delicate and elegant reds – a far cry from the big and beefy Malbecs normally associated with Argentina. This one is 100% Mencia grapes and made using very little skin contact to produce a delicately pale red with aromatic notes of dried flowers, black cherry and pomegranate. If you’re a fan of Beaujolais reds this is one to try!

Cave Terra La Boissiere Ventoux £12.50

This rich Rhone red is full-bodied, full-flavoured and full of well rounded and comforting flavours of ripe black forest fruits and black pepper. A classic for a reason. Pairs wonderfully with rich and comforting stews, red meat, and mushrooms, but just as good on its own after a long day!

Against The Grain Fruitus The Farmer Beescake £18

American brewery, Against The Grain, is all about experimentation and complex flavours. This beer is part of their ‘All Funked Up’ series of sour wild ales. It’s a bretted – melon and honey – wine barrel aged – spelt saison (a bit of a mouthful!) The spelt and saison yeast add subtle spicy notes while the honey and melons (honeydew and cantaloupe) add fresh and fruity sweetness. Pair with lamb and Moroccan food.

Squawk Tyto Espresso Stout £5.50

A celebration of locality: this stout is made by Manchester brewery, Squawk, using coffee from Ancoats Coffee. This stout is super smooth and rich, with comforting flavours of roasted coffee, toasty malt, creamy almonds, sweet honey and nougat. Our Michael reckons this is the best stout he’s had all year. 

Petit Metris Coteaux Du Layon Premier Cru Chaume £22

Impress people with this daring and sophisticated sweet wine. Domaine du Petit Métris is a sixth-generation winery in Saint-Aubin-de-Luigné, Western France. The grapes (Chenin Blanc) have been allowed to raisin in the sun and have been affected by noble rot, creating intense sweetness and aromatic flavours of orange zest, acacia, pine, and beeswax. Pair with fruit based desserts or with a cheeseboard – the sweetness and sharp acidity go particularly well with sheep and goat cheese.

Bunnahabhain 12yo £52

Our best selling whisky for a reason. This Islay single malt is beautifully balanced – sweet notes of sultana, honey and estery banana, finished with just a touch of smokey peat and a slight salty tang. Excellent for forgetting all your problems and role-playing as landed gentry – just add roaring fire, wingback armchair and smoking jacket (pipe and moustache optional).

Welcome back to school/the real world.

Lots of love,

Tiny’s Crew x

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A Wild August

By Rachel, 1st of August

The past few months have been wild – the situation and various rules seem to be changing everyday and we barely know which way is up, and which is down. In keeping with these wild times, our picks for the month are all wild fermented (you see what I did there?) 

In beer, wine and cider, wild fermentation means that the liquid has been fermented using wild yeasts found naturally in the environment, rather than the brewer/winemaker/cidermaker pitching in yeast – it’s like the difference between sourdough bread and regular bread. Wild yeasts can be found in the air, on fruit skins (like grapes and apples), and they like to hang around in porous materials (like oak barrels). In most alcohol making, steps are taken to ensure that the wild yeast is made inert so fermentation happens with a specific chosen yeast (usually lab-grown), but with wild fermentation, the brewer/winemaker/cidermaker encourages this wild yeast and all the wild and wonderful flavours that come with it!

If you’d like to read more about wild fermentation, there’s more information on the previous, and on our pages about Natural Wine and Extra Special Beer.

August Staff Picks

Chateau Rochecolombe Cotes Du Rhone £15

An elegant and expressive red from the Rhone region. Made up of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, the grapes are manually harvested from old vines before undergoing natural fermentation. It’s unoaked and full of clean, fresh blackcurrant flavours, with hints of wild herb, liquorish, and a bretty spiciness. Pair with big and hearty food, like roast meat and vegetables, and mature cheeses.

Benimaquia Tinajas £21

Orange wine gets its beautiful colour from extended skin contact. In white wine making, the juice is normally separated from the skins before fermentation, but with orange wine, the grapes are fermented with the skins (like red wine) – this imparts colour, as well as extra flavours and textures from the grapes. This beautifully bright orange wine from Spain has been naturally fermented with the skins in tinajas (large clay amphorae). The result is a complex, funky, and zesty wine, with a touch of orange oil bitterness. Enjoy it as an aperitif, or with seafood. 

Valenciso Rioja Blanco £21

The grapes (Viura, Garnacha Blanca) are sourced from 80 year old vines on clay, stone soil in the North of the Rioja Alta area – these sustainable vineyards are of outstanding quality. After wild fermentation using indigenous yeasts, the wine is aged in oak barrels for 9 months. It’s a gorgeous white Rioja: a creamy texture, with complex notes of florals, preserved lemon, cashew, and apricot. Pair with creamy dishes, particularly those with fish.

Olivier Cousin Pur Breton Cabernet Franc £26

Unencumbered by oak, this is a wild and juicy celebration of natural fruit flavour. A mouthful of juicy black cherry, blackcurrant, plums and chalk tones with a naughty whiff of mushroom, undergrowth, and green pepperiness. It’s got a bright acidity, with a refreshing and light finish – a perfect red  to pair with a ratatouille and warm, slow evenings.

Trevviban Mill Pet Nat £22

Pettilant Naturel means ‘naturally sparkling’: these naturally fermented wines are also naturally fizzy. Pet Nat is bottled before fermentation has finished, and the CO2 created in the fermentation process is trapped in the bottle, making it sparkle (this differs from the champagne method, where a finished still wine is refermented in bottle with the addition of sugar). This one from Trevviban Mill in Cornwall is pleasingly orange coloured from the extended skin contact. It’s bright and tropical with notes of sweet elderflower. Pour carefully to avoid shaking up the yeast!

Pilton Max Lux £10

Pilton are artisan cider producers from Somerset and they make traditional keeved cider – that’s cider that is fermented naturally with wild yeast. Max Lux is a 2014 vintage cider – a particularly sunny year which produced gorgeous sweet and fruity apples. This was bottled while still fermenting to create fizz (like a Pet Nat). It’s dry, with tight champagne-like bubbles and complex fruity flavours. 

Tilquin A L’Ancienne Gueuze £18

Gueuze is like the champagne of the beer world – it’s celebratory, complex, fizzy, barrel aged and blended (and often comes with a ‘top shelf’ price tag!) This quintessential Belgian style is made from spontaneously fermented beer – lambic. Lambic is made when the wort (that’s the unfermented malty and hoppy liquid) is exposed to wild yeasts in a large open-topped vessel called a coolship (it looks like a beer swimming pool!) Once inoculated with wild yeast, the long and slow wild fermentation takes place in wooden barrels, and gueuze is a blend of one, two, and three year old lambics that are refermented in bottle (like champagne). This gueuze from Tilquin is lemony tart, with notes of biscuit, spice, and funk. 

Yonder Boshi £6

Yonder a modern farmhouse brewery and blendery based in Somerset. They specialise in low-intervention and mixed fermentation brewing, using local ingredients. Boshi is named after Japanese fermented plums – Umeboshi. For this beer, local salted plums have been added to wild ale, resulting in a moreish sweet and sour beer with a luscious syrupy texture. 

De Castilla Antique Fino £25

Sherry styles and flavours depend on the flor created by wild yeasts. Young wine is placed into porous barrels and wild yeasts produce a waxy film on the surface of the liquid – this is called flor. As well as adding characteristic yeasty-bready flavours, flor also controls the oxygen in the barrels. Little or no flor will give oxygen access and the wine will undergo oxidative aging, resulting in amontillado or oloroso sherry, but a good flor covering will create a protective cap, which means the wine will age anaerobically and create manzanilla or fino sherry. This Fino from Jerez is rich and complex, with a salty tanginess – pair it with paella and olives. 

Have a wild and wonderful August, everybody!

Lots of love,

Tiny’s crew x

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The New Normal

By Rachel, 1st July 2020

The last few months have been a bit weird for everyone – us included. And as we all adjust to this “new normal”, we’ve got another small change to introduce you all to: our new normal opening hours!

Opening Hours
Monday: closed
Tuesday: 12-7pm
Wednesday: 12-7pm
Thursday: 12-7pm
Friday: 12-8pm
Saturday: 11-8pm
Sunday: 12-7pm

We’ve been slowly increasing our opening hours over the last couple of weeks, but we’re now going to stick with these ones (no more, the trials and tribulations of wondering whether your local wine shop is open!) 

We’re also still offering the pre-order service – just send your order to tiny@tinystipple.co.uk. All of our products are listed on our website for you to choose from, or you can just ask for our recommendations! 

We look forward to seeing you all (from a safe distance, obviously!), but if you need further encouragement to pop in and say hello: have a wee look at our staff picks for July!

July Picks

Domaine du Pre Semele Sancerre Rose £22

This elegant and crisp Rose is perfect for those warm and summery afternoons. Domaine du Pre Semele is in the beautiful Loire Valley, and run by brothers Julien and Clement. The 100% Pinot Noir grapes are picked at optimum ripeness and gently pressed to capture the delicate flavours and aromas. Wild strawberry, zingy citrus, and fresh cherry are balanced with sophisticated wafts of floral and herbal notes. 

Quinta das Arcas Conde Villar Alvarinho £16

Produced by a family owned vineyard in the north of Portugal, this wine was made to suit warm, slow afternoons. With a generous, yet soft body, and luscious notes of orange blossom, lemon and peach. And as an added extra, the bottle is bloomin’ gorgeous too. Serve lightly chilled whilst reclining in the sunshine. 

Scacciadiavoli Montefalco Sagrantino £25

This Umbrian winery takes its name from an exorcist who used to live nearby (from scacciare – to banish, and diavoli – devils), and this wine is devilishly delicious. Sagrantino is an unusual, highly tannic grape, and it has created this powerful and punchy wine. Intense notes of ripe plums, red berries, herbs and spices, softened with leathery barrel flavours. It’s big and juicy, and tastes like the most Italian wine you’ve ever had – more Italian than an Italian driving a Ferrari, drinking espresso and wearing Gucci. Pair with pizza. Obviously. 

Squawk Brewing Pavo Pale Ale £5.20

Local brewery, Squawk, name all their beers after the scientific names for birds and this 3.8% pale is named after the Indian Peafowl. This beer has the malty and biscuity backbone of a traditional British cask ale, but with an exotic twist coming from the grapefruity hops. It’s a perfect session pale for your ‘back-garden beer-garden’. 

Burning Sky Saison de Fete £17

Saisons were historically brewed in Belguim as a thirst-quenching drink for summer farm labourers – so this one is spot-on for labouring (or not!) in your garden. This one is from Burning Sky in Sussex. Light and crisp, with a tight bubbly texture and a subtle spicy character from hops, spices, and spelt. 

Masons Peppered Pear Gin £46 (paired with Steep Soda Co. Rhubarb £2)

This Dry Yorkshire Gin was made in a still called Steve. The pears and pink peppercorns add an elegantly fruity and spicy twist. Pair with plain tonic for a refined aperitif. Or if you have a sweet-tooth: drink with a tart and sweet Steep Rhubarb soda (the rhubarb is also from Yorkshire, so this makes this an extra-Yorkshirey tipple – there’s nowt like it).

Enjoy your summer.

Lots of love,

Tiny’s crew x

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Business As Usual? Working During Covid19

By Rachel, 24th March 2020 (excerpt from a separate blog)

I’m one of the few people in retail that still has a job to go to, but suddenly turning from shop worker to “key worker” wasn’t a straightforward task.

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We’re trading, albeit, with a number of changes made to the business. Here are my tips for small independent retail still working during Covid19:

Plan and take stock of what is really important: 

We spent a couple of days talking about what would be best for not only the shop and the staff, but also what would be best for our wider community. We are allowed to trade as normal, but we have decided not to, instead only operating as a collection service. We also have a daily meeting first thing to make sure we are all still happy to work. 

Use this time wisely:

You can now do all the little odd jobs that normally fall by the wayside. Re-paint your shop window, spruce up your website, plan for the future! Or, you can just as wisely use this time to have a proper rest so when this is all over, you can come back again re-energised!

Find new ways to reach people:

Use the internet and social media to your advantage – we’re holding our guided tasting events online! It’s a great way of connecting with people when you can’t do it face-to-face.

We’re all just trying to get through these weird times and we need to do it together. I’m keen to see tips from other people working customer-facing jobs during this time – particularly the absolute heroes that work in food retail.

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Coronavirus Update

By Rachel, 18th of March 2020

We are taking the current situation seriously – there is plenty of hand washing and sanitizing going on, but we are open for the foreseeable. Follow our Twitter and Instagram feeds for up-to-the-minute info about our shop.

Community is what will get us through these hard times, and our new shop window takes its inspiration from our community. We are so proud to be part of Chorlton.

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We would like to thank everyone coming through our door. We are a small, independent business and the next few weeks are going to be tough, so we really appreciate your custom.

We all have to look after each other – check on your neighbours, donate to food banks, support your local area, wash your hands, and keep safe!

Lots of love,

Ed, Rach, Michael, and Murphy x

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Spring Marching On

By Rachel, 1st of March 2020

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Spring is nearly here. I know, I know – it is still well too cold to even think about leaving the house, but trust me: Spring is nearly here, and with it new and exciting things like plants growing and sunshine (heard of it?)

In the spirit of Spring, we are abundant with newness here in the shop. We have a load of new wines and even a brand new wine section: English Wine (thankfully they’re a lot nicer than the English Weather!) And don’t forget to check the beer room – there’s a load of new exciting things in there too!

We’re saying a fond farewell to Callum, who’s been the Assistant Manager at Tiny’s for a couple of years, and we wish him all the best for the future. But, continuing on the theme of newy newness, we have a new Assistant Manager: Rachel. Rach has been working in the beer industry for a few years (some of you might recognise her from pulling pints in various city centre bars), and she’s excited to see what this wine thing is all about. Rachel likes big and fruity French reds, oaked whites, wild and wonderful beer, and speaking about herself in the third person. Come and say hi!

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We’re here to help you through this trying time of change. Don’t let the weather get you down – grab a bottle, settle indoors, and remember that Spring is nearly here. 

March Picks

Bolney Pinot Noir £26

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One from our brand new English Wine range – this one comes from West Sussex. The pinot noir grapes are hand picked, crushed and fermented on skins. The resulting wine is fresh, dry, and full of tart dark fruit (think blackberries and cherry). This light and refreshing red would go nicely with roasted vegetables and rich game. 

Clos La Cariziere Muscadet £18

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This is a beautifully soft and easy-drinking white. Made from 100% hand harvested Melon de Bourgogne grapes, this wine is fermented with natural yeasts before being aged on fine lees for 8-10 months. It’s full of grape and dried fruit flavours, with a refreshing minerality in the finish: perfect with seafood and salads.

Forest Whisky 10 Year Old Caol Ila £90

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Our newest whisky, and it tastes just as good as the bottle looks. This bottle is one of only 396 taken from a single cask – the spirit was distilled in March 2009 before being rested in an ex-bourbon cask for ten years. This one is really peaty, with notes of honey, tobacco, and oak. Firey, but with a smooth and long lasting finish.

Loverbeer Cardosa £10

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This Italian brewery make exclusively wild belgian style beer, often adding surprising ingredients. For Cardosa, Loverbeer added cardoon to the boil (it’s a little like an artichoke), which adds a pleasant bitterness. It’s a spontaneous beer (fermented using only wild yeasts) and is then matured in oak vats for 6 months before being refermented in bottle. It’s lightly sour, with a herbal bitterness and a moreish saison-like yeastiness.

Enjoy your ‘spring’.

Lots of love,

Tiny’s crew x

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Love Is In The Air

By Callum, 1st of February 2020

It has been a long January. Those who partook in Dry January, we forgive you and still love you. Those who partook in Tryanuary, we love you. It’s been approximately 4563 days since pay day, and no one is pretending it was easy. However, fear not, the end is here and you’re safe to check you bank balance again.

February is our favourite month of the year. It’s a time to celebrate the end of January, the days getting longer, the sun threatening to shine and looking deep into the future and not seeing a glimpse of Christmas – what a time to be alive!!

It’s also Valentines Day.

Valentines Day is one of those times of year that no one really wants to say they celebrate but everyone does in fear of their spouse thinking they don’t love them. There. I said it. Those of us without a spouse pour scorn on the concept whilst secretly wishing someone was buying us a bottle of Champagne.

One thing is for sure, whatever side of it you’re on, beautiful food and drink is an absolute necessity this month – and we’re here to help.

February Picks

Manchester Raspberry Gin £41

Yes it is pink and that is a massive cliche but it also tastes lovely – so get off my back. Manchester Gin have been producing top end gin for a few years now, and their Raspberry Infused Gin is soft and elegant, with just the right amount of fresh raspberry to give it a hue and that sweet and sour raspberry edge. The perfect pink gin.

Caol Ila 12yo £55

Imagine sat by a cosy fire with your loved one (or alone) with a blanket over you and some soft slow-fi beats on. This is what that tastes like. Caol Ila is a peaty whisky but with a delicate touch. That bonfire smokiness is pronounced on the nose, but it isn’t overwhelming. It’s gentle and warm and gives way on the palate to soft stone fruits, almonds and a hint of heather. Stripped back Islay single malt at its very best.

Magpie Estate Sparkling Shiraz £22

This sparkling wine starts life as a big Aussie Shiraz, aged for 12 months in oak before undergoing secondary fermentation in the bottle to give it its fizz. It’s a real showstopper with dark, delicious black cherry notes, hints of chocolate and pepper, all given a light freshness by those bubbles. A beautiful drop.

Domaine Bouchie- Chattellier Pouilly Fume ‘Premier Millisime’ £25

For anyone who loves Sancerre this is the wine for you. The top cuvee from Bouchie-Chatellier sourced from an outcrop of silex soil – the soil which produces the best of the best in Sancerre. Ripe, herbaceous aromas are nettle and dill, balanced by crisp citrus fruit. The palate has a lovely chalky texture giving the weight to balance its complexity. Incredible stuff.

La Colombaia Amarone £29

This rich warm red is made using partially dried grapes, which produce concentrated sugars and big, decadent, wines. Bucket loads of dark fruit,w it a big dollop of chocolate, caramel and vanilla. This red has an air of fruitcake with cream about it. It is decadent to the max.

Boon Geuze Marriage Parfait 2015 £11.50

This vintage offering from critically acclaimed Belgian brewery Boon is an exceptional example of craftsmanship when it comes to blending Lambic beers. The finest three year old Lambics are selected to create a stunning beer which combines the fruitiness of lime zest and tangerine with soft notes of notes of vanilla, all with a slightly tart finish. Perfect Lambic at a brilliant price for a 750ml bottle.

Happy Valentines Day!

Lot’s of love,

Ed, Callum, Michael and Murphy x