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Winery News, Recipes

Perfect presents from Lyme Bay Winery

From gifts for granny and box sets for your boss, to Secret Santa and dinner party surprises, we’ve got just the thing. If you are looking for that perfect Christmas present our award-winning drinks are sure to delight the recipient and make them feel you’ve really put some thought into it.

Everyone likes a winter warmer and our delicious Ginger Liqueur, made with whisky, is sure to hit the spot, but if you want to get them something a bit different how about our Blackbeer and Raisin Wine – delic...

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Winery News, Recipes, New Products

Treat yourself this Christmas, with Lyme Bay Winery

It’s December so there’s no escaping it: Christmas is coming. Whether you are full of the joys of Yule or more of a ‘bah humbug’ kind of soul, Lyme Bay Winery has plenty of festive products to put you in the mood or lift your spirits.

Raise a glass to our Christmas drinks

For starters, we’ve got a fabulous selection of seasonal drinks that are delicious on their own or in combination with other Christmas tipples.

• If you are making your own mulled wine, try adding some Elderberry and Port for extr...

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Winery News

Five Facts About Mead We Bet You Didn't Know

If the word ‘mead’ conjures up images of carousing Vikings or drunken medieval revellers then it might be time for a rethink. Considered by many an elixir of health, fertility and longevity, this so-called ‘nectar of the gods’ is having a very 21st century revival.

Here’s the lowdown on one of the world’s oldest alcoholic beverages...

1. 3 Staple Ingredients

Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruit, spices, grains or hops. The terms ‘mead’ a...

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Winery News

A new look for the Winery shop – and our labels

Spring. Tennyson said it turns a young man's fancy to thoughts of love, hares are supposed to go ‘mad’ in March, and some people like to embark on a frenzy of cleaning. Hardly surprising, as we are all glad to see the back of winter and get ready for some better weather and fun times ahead. Here at the Winery we’ve been doing a bit of ‘refresh’ ourselves, with a new look for our quintessential cellar door shop, as well as a facelift for our iconic range of fruit wines.

Shop spruce-up

We have come ...

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Winery News

Birch wine back in stock

It’s the moment many of you have been waiting for: our ever-popular Birch wine is back in stock.

An English tradition dating back thousands of years, birch sap collection happens in early spring before any green leaves have appeared, as in late spring the sap turns bitter. Last year we sold out in record time – by July – because the short harvest season for the birch sap needed to make our Birch wine means the number of bottles we can produce is limited.

Birch tapping

Tapping the sap is done by dri...

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Winery News, Recipes

Grasp the nettle

We all remember the itchy pain of being stung by nettles as children, but if that hasn’t put you off this prickly plant then perhaps we can convince you it is a wondrous weed.

For starters, butterflies can’t get enough of it, which is good news for our native British species the Red Admiral and Painted Lady. Many people also consider nettles a tasty addition to a variety of dishes. They lose their sting when the leaves are boiled and add an earthy tang to soups and risottos.

Summer tipple

If that’s...

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New Products

Re-launch of our Raspberry Reserve Liqueur

Wimbledon is over now (well done Andy!) and if you are anything like us you’ve probably eaten your bodyweight in strawberries over the last few weeks.

If you fancy pampering your palate with something a little more delicate and subtle then how about indulging in the fresh taste of raspberries instead?

We have just relaunched our exclusive Raspberry Reserve Liqueur, which joins our award-winning family of Reserve Liqueurs made in small batches that really are the best of the best.

Taste of summer

Pa...

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Recipes

Summer wines for summer times

Whether you are toasting Team GB’s successes at the Rio Olympics or simply chilling out at a lazy summer barbecue, Lyme Bay Winery’s award-winning Fruit Wines are the perfect summer tipples to whet your whistle.

Expertly crafted from traditional recipes using modern techniques, the high quality of our traditional Fruit Wines is recognised every year by the judges at the prestigious Great Taste Awards and other awarding bodies.

This year we have also given the range a much-needed image revamp, work...

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Winery News

Apple harvest approaches

English Romantic Poet John Keats described autumn as the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, which certainly puts us in mind of our forthcoming apple harvest.

Here at Lyme Bay Winery we are passionate about keeping the skill of Westcountry cider making alive and use the pressed juice of locally grown traditional cider varieties such as Dabinett, Kingston Black and Yarlington Mill to make our award-winning ciders.

The apples for these come from The Somerset Cider Brandy Company, where Julian...

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New Products

Christmas gift ideas from Lyme Bay Winery

It’s official: Bonfire night has gone off with a bang which means it’s now perfectly allowable to start getting into the Christmas spirit. And talking of spirits – and wines – here at the Lyme Bay Winery our award-winning range of festive drinks means when it comes to planning ahead for your Christmas shopping you are sure to find something for everyone on your present list.

For lovers of tradition

Christmas isn’t Christmas without some festive tipples, and lots of our award-winning drinks are th...

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Don’t drink less, drink better!

Now that the indulgence of the festive season is over, many of us decide it’s time to take ourselves in hand and get stuck into a whole host of new year’s resolutions in a bid to get back into shape. One of the most popular at this time of year is the ‘Dry January’ trend, where you pledge to give up alcohol for the whole month to give your body a bit of a rest and ‘clear out’ your system.

But if you can’t face getting through the dark and chilly first month of the year without at least a few sips...

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Say “I love you” with Lyme Bay Winery

February is traditionally the month when our thoughts turn to romance, but here at Lyme Bay Winery we think every day is a good day to show some love, and our delicious, award-winning products can help you hit the mark, just like Cupid’s arrow.

The aphrodisiac qualities of certain foods have been celebrated for centuries, and over the years science has unveiled some of the nutritional links behind the stories.

Getting fruity

Mead has long been rumoured to have aphrodisiac properties and was histori...

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The rise of botanicals

You can’t move in the hipper bars in town without tripping over someone spouting about the rich and diverse flavours that the botanicals are bringing to their gin. Yes gin; the drink that in the 18th century was called ‘mother’s ruin’ because it was so cheap that its effect on family life was disastrous.

Secret recipes

These days gin has become the drink of choice for beard-toting hipsters, city slickers and discerning drinkers alike. This is partly because today’s production techniques are so so...

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Awards & Accreditations

Raise a glass to our winning wines

The votes are in and a band of trusted professionals have counted, recounted and verified the results. No, we’re not talking about Big Brother or even the outcome of the General Election – it’s much more important than that. We’ve come to the end of the English Wine awards that we’ve entered this year and are very proud to say that Lyme Bay Winery has had a monumentally successful season.

Since launching our English wines in 2015 we’ve racked up a whole host of accolades, but 2017 has seen our bi...

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Awards & Accreditations

Celebrating our BRC accreditation

As the strong and mighty battle it out on the courts at Wimbledon and pedal hard after the coveted yellow jersey in the Tour de France, we are one step ahead of the competition already, celebrating our achievement of the BRC Global Standard (Issue 7) with a Grade A rating.

While you may not have heard of BRC, it’s a big deal in our world. A top brand and consumer protection organisation, its certification guarantees a standardised level of quality and safety to consumers around the world.

We are d...

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Recipes

Pairings made for sharing

With our independent spirit and artisan heritage you won’t be surprised that we are not ones for labels here at Lyme Bay Winery. We don’t care much for putting people, or things, in boxes – unless of course it’s a customer order that we are getting ready to send out.

However, having said that, we have just developed new labels for our award-winning range of luxurious fruit liqueurs along with local design agency Bluesoup Design.

The ideal addition to a pre-prandial cocktail or delicious as an afte...

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Fancy a look around?

From your manager’s desk to your mum’s handbag, if you’re anything like us you probably love the chance to have a snoop around somewhere you’re not usually allowed to go.

And if that’s the case then you are in luck, as this autumn (until mid-October) we are offering the general public guided viewings of the harvest process here at Lyme Bay Winery in Devon.

If you’ve always wondered how we get from grapes on the vine to wine in the bottle, come and meet the Winery team who will walk you through the...

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Decide on cider

Lots of stories start with an apple: Adam and Eve, William Tell, not to mention Steve Jobs – and even ours here at the Lyme Bay Winery.

Twenty years ago we started making ciders using traditional West Country methods, and now have an unrivalled reputation for producing an award-winning range of ciders of the highest standard. These are our Jack Ratt ciders, made from the pressed juice of locally grown traditional cider varieties such as Dabinett, Kingston Black and Yarlington Mill, all of which a...

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Lyme Bay makes Christmas merry

It turns out that people have been drinking wine even longer than we thought.

A team of molecular archeologists headed up by Patrick McGovern – Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia – has discovered wine residue on pottery shards from archaeological sites in Georgia dating back to 6,000 B.C. According to an interview with Dr McGovern in the New York Times, this is the earlie...

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