Mentzendorff has been celebrating the success of many of its producers, who have achieved some fantastic results in a range of internationally renowned wine competitions so far this year!
At the Decanter World Wine Awards 2021, Henriques & Henriques was awarded the Best In Show medal for the 20-Year-Old Verdelho, as well as winning an impressive Platinum medal for their Single Harvest Sercial 2001.
The following wines also picked up Gold Medals: Hambledon Première Cuvée Brut (96 points), Hambledon Classic Cuvée Rosé Brut (95 points), Champagne AYALA La Perle 2012 (95 points), Ciacci Rossofonte 2018 (96 points), Bodegas Roda 1 2016 (95 points), Kilikanoon Mort’s Reserve Watervale Riesling 2018 (96 points), Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2017 (96 points), Bodegas Hidalgo Wellington 20 Years (95 points) and Henriques & Henriques 20-Year-Old Terrantez (96 points).
This year’s International Wine Challenge also saw more fine performances, notably from Taylor’s 20-Year-Old Tawny Port, which won a well-deserved Gold Medal.
Great results were also enjoyed at the Wine Merchant Top 100 awards with a trophy for Best Sweet Wine, won by Klein Constantia’s iconic Vin de Constance 2017. Klein Constantia Metis Sauvignon Blanc 2017 also made the Top 100 list, along with Henriques & Henriques Single Harvest Verdelho 2007.
Guy Kennaway wins the 2021 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction
We are delighted to announce that Guy Kennaway has won the 2021 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. His winning novel The Accidental Collector is a laugh-out-loud comedy about the contemporary art world, described by the Daily Mail as a ‘compelling comedy of errors’. He is the 22nd winner of this prestigious annual prize.
Kennaway was awarded the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize at his home in Jamaica. As is tradition for the prize, Guy was presented with a pig, newly named The Accidental Collector, a jeroboam of Bollinger Special Cuvée, a case of Bollinger La Grande Année, and the complete set of the Everyman’s Library P.G. Wodehouse collection.
The winning author Guy Kennaway with his various prizes.
Guy Kennaway says, “I have always wanted to win the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. It combines a number of my passions: good books, fine champagne, laughter and pigs. I am never more at home than with a coupe of Bollinger in one hand, a pork pie in the other, and a smile on my face.”
This year’s shortlist and winner was chosen over a lively judging lunch at The Goring Hotel, aided by a few glasses of Champagne Bollinger. The 2021 shortlisted novels were: Dolly Alderton’s Ghosts (Penguin Books), Naji Bakhti’s Between Beirut and the Moon (Influx Press), Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu (Bloomsbury), Hilary Leichter’s Temporary (Faber & Faber) and Lauren Oyler’s Fake Accounts (HarperCollins). A tough pick for the judges, who were Justin Albert (Vice President of Hay Festival and Director of National Trust Wales), David Campbell (publisher, Everyman’s Library), Daliso Chaponda (comedian), Pippa Evans (musical comedian and improviser), James Naughtie (broadcaster and author), and Sindhu Vee (comedian).
Hambledon Vineyard celebrates English Wine Week at Van Gough Alive
This year, we were lucky enough to celebrate English Wine Week (19th-27th June) in person at Van Gough Alive, with the official wine sponsor, Hambledon Vineyard. Having dazzled a global audience of 7 million people across 65 cities, Van Gogh Alive is being held at London’s Royal Kensington Gardens until September 26th. Van Gogh Alive combines state-of-the-art SENSORY4™ immersive gallery technology, high-fidelity sound and the aromas of Provence that give visitors the sensation of walking right into Van Gough’s paintings as if they are living and breathing.
On June 23rd, Hambledon Vineyard founder Ian Kellett led a fantastic tasting to press, teammates and customers of their award-winning Première, Classic Cuvée and Classic Cuvée Rosé English Sparkling Wines before venturing into Van Gough’s world via a beautifully curated, stunningly detailed immersive experience. Ian Kellet discussed the importance of chalk, the complexity of NV blending, and why growing your own grapes makes such a difference. In the outdoor terrace area, guests were served English sparkling wine from the Hambledon Bar, which takes pride of place inside the purpose-built 25,000 ft2 structure.
Ian Kellet, founder and managing director of Hambledon Vineyard, leading the tasting
We bid farewell to a key member of the Mentzendorff team
People are what make companies, and no one embodies the team spirit and shared values of Mentzendorff more than Carol Batten, who joined the company back in 1998. Carol’s role at Mentzendorff is Regional Business Development Manager, and sadly for us and also her customers, whose interests she always places first, Carol will very shortly retire having made a massive contribution, in so many ways, over the past 23 years.
Last week, a much-deserved retirement lunch was held at The Goring Hotel to celebrate Carol and everything she has done over the past years. We admire her positivity, dedication and team spirit. She will be greatly missed!