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Spirits, France, United Kingdom

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More-so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
England is gaining a reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the sparkling-wine world. The country does make some still wines, but the sparkling wines made in the traditional method are those most grabbing consumers’ attention. In fact, these wines represent nearly two-thirds of English wine production. Despite the country’s well-earned reputation for rain, the southern portion, where most production takes place, enjoys a somewhat warmer, drier climate. The primary winemaking regions are Kent, Surrey, and Sussex – all of which have similar soils and climate – though South West England, Hampshire, and East Anglia are well worth a taste, too. Among the UK’s popular wine varieties are the traditional method sparkling wine grapes – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier; Bacchus; Seyval Blanc; Ortega; and Reichensteiner.
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  1. Tarquin's Copa Glass Clear
    Tarquin's goblet-style gin glasses. Each 750ml, perfect for a large Tarquin's and Tonic with plenty of ice! Yeghes Da! ... Learn More
  2. Tarquin's Mixed Minitures Gift Set (X4 50Ml)
    Gin Miniatures Gift-Pack includes; x1 TARQUIN'S CORNISH DRY GIN 5CL - 42% We’ve hand-selected 12 different botanicals – carefully sourced from both distant and exotic locations around the world – to craft a spirit that’s bursting with Cornish Sunshine. x1 TARQUIN'S BLACKBERRY & ... Learn More
  3. Twin Fin Spiced Golden Rum 700Ml
    Created by Southwestern Distillery near Padstow. Tarquin Leadbetter, the maverick self-taught Master Distiller behind the World’s Best Gin – awarded at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition – has combined his experience with distilling botanicals, his love of experimentation and innovation ... Learn More
  4. Tarquin's  Blackberry & Honey Gin 700mL
    14 hand-picked botanicals, carefully sourced from both distant and exotic locations around the world – to craft a gin in proud celebration of the Great British Blackberry. Distilled in 4 batches in 4 copper pot stills. BLACKBERRIES ~ 100% British WILDFLOWER HONEY ~ from Cornwall (Britain) JUNIPER ~ ... Learn More
  5. Tarquin's Cornish Dry Gin 700mL
    We’ve hand-selected 12 different botanicals – carefully sourced from both distant and exotic locations around the world – to craft a spirit that’s bursting with Cornish Sunshine. Distilled in 4 batches in 4 copper pot stills. JUNIPER ~ from Italy CORIANDER SEED ~ from Bulgaria ... Learn More
  6. Mix your own Gin Cocktail Kit

    With this Cocktail mixing pack, you can mix and match to make your perfect style of cocktail. This pack contains one bottle of Award Winning Tarquin's Gin from the UK's Cornish Coast. To flavour this wonderful gin are three ... Learn More

  7. Mix your own Gin Cocktail Kit + Bar Accessories!

    With this Cocktail mixing pack, you can mix and match to make your perfect style of cocktail. This pack contains one bottle of Award Winning Tarquin's Gin from the UK's Cornish Coast. To flavour this wonderful gin are three ... Learn More

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