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Vincent Considers a Wine Floozy From Portugal!

This month, we will talk about the wine that will get the prize of our favourite label if there were such a thing : Julia Florista from Vidigal wines in Portugal.

The Story :
Julia Florista (1883-1925) : Flower girl and spontaneous Fado singer, with a parochial and bohemian nature. Her songs echoed through the streets of old Lisbon, in taverns and houses of aristocrats. In spite of a short life, she left us in heritage, “The spirit of Fado”, engraved in two 78 rpm discs. Only 12 people attended her funeral – that’s Fado’s destiny !

The Company :
Vidigal Wines is a family run, medium size wine company that produces still and dessert wines.
Located in the centre of Portugal, near the city of Leiria, Vidigal was established in the beginning of the 20th Century in a winery founded by a Church Canon.
Throughout the last century the company had several owners. Acquired in the 90’s by the current Managing Director, António Mendes Lopes, Vidigal went through great management and technological advances that are now producing fruit ( no pun intenend ) allowing the winery to produce over 3 million bottles of wine annually.
Vidigal is owned by the Danish/Portuguese Managing Director António Mendes Lopes (60%) and by a Norwegian Investment Company (40%).
António Lopes has over 30 years of experience in the wine world. He founded a Wine Import company in Denmark, importing wines from many regions of the world, enabling him to build knowledge and expertise at a global level.
António Mendes Lopes actively participates in the process of wine making together with his two main oenologists: António Ventura (Portuguese Oenologist of the year 2006) and Rafael Neuparth.
In terms of production, Vidigal has partnerships in the area of Lisbon representing 1,112 acres of vineyards, as well as in other Portuguese wine regions: Tagus, Douro, Alentejo, Dão, Beiras and Vinho Verde.
The majority of wines Vidigal produces, in particular the ones from the region of Lisbon, originate from vineyards close to the Atlantic Ocean and as such the sea breeze has an influence on the wines produced, presenting us with a range of wines that are fresh and always very fruity.
The main grape varieties used by Vidigal are: Touriga Nacional, Aragonez (Tinta Roriz), Castelão, Syrah and Cabernet.

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Car Boot in the Cove

Starting this coming Sunday her in Sennen – why not bring your ‘pre loved’ gear down to Sennen or just come along for a browse and pick up a bargain after a walk on the beach and a hearty meal and a glass of wine

Three dates for a Car boot sale in Sennen cove car park.

19th November
3rd December
17th December

£5 per vehicle spaces limited so please book your slot in advance.
No food or refreshment sellers.

Info@sennensurfingcentre.com

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A Winter Affair – Your Wedding

Summer is long gone and the nights are drawing in, everyone loves being by the sea during during the summer months, a winter wedding here can be utterly magical and romantic and we can help you make it spectacular in your own special way.
As the seasonal chill sets in, soft lighting, candles and fairy lights set throughout the restaurant to create an atmosphere all your own. Themed with a winter feel or perhaps Spring looking to the new season.
Winter wedding packages are available for couples who wish to add a special touch to the occasion. Make your winter wedding one to remember unique, beautiful and memorable.

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Everybody Loves a Loyalty Card

On the 31 October 2017 we introduced our new Friends Loyalty Card called ‘Friends of Ben at Sennen’.

Eating and Drinking is fun! Especially when we will be offering a free lunch for two if you collect 9 stickers. Just use your card during each visit, have two courses and purchase one drink and the stickers will start adding up.

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Dogs Always Welcome at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove

Here at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove we are big dog fans. There is no better time to be visiting the beach with your beloved four-legged friend than on a winter’s day. It is good for your soul to be down here on the beach or on the cost path having a brisk walk watching the rollers crashing onto the beach.
Before heading home warm up in front of our wood burner, with a comforting hot drink or something a little harder watching the world go by.
Great for the karma – unless it ends up eaten by your dogma 🙂

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Annual Sennen Surf Comp 20th – 22nd October What’s On!

Yo Homies, Surf’s up! Here’s all that’s happening at this year’s premier surfing event!

We’ve included a veterans and longboard comp division for the first time this year alongside our youth tag team and open classes.

Friday Night
Registration at the Old Success Inn (beer and pasties)

Saturday
Youth tag team and veterans 45+

8.30 am -bacon Sandwiches in Surf Den Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove for the contestants
9.30 am – restaurant opens for coffee
12 pm – Surf Den opens bar and pizza
12pm – lunch
3.30pm – DJ in Surf Den
5 – 5.30pm – award ceremony

Sunday

Longboard and open divisions

8.00am registration at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove
8.30am bacon sandwich
12pm – surf Den opens bar and pizza
3.30pm – DJ in Surf Den
5 – 5.30 award ceremony

Please contact Dave on dave.muir1@btinternet.com for entries. All entries must be completed by 15th October.

Tag team £20 per team (4 surfers)
Longboard, veteran and open £15.00 each
(incudes coffee and bacon sandwich)

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Proud supporters of Dino Zamparelli as he claims both race victories at Silverstone

Dino Zamparelli drove two faultless races to claim both victories during the penultimate round of the Porsche Carrera Cup 2017. Starting the weekend 14 points behind championship leader Charlie Eastwood, Zamparelli moved to within just 4 points with one round remaining at Brands Hatch on the 1st of October.

The weekend started out well, with the 24-year-old showing strong pace during the Free Practice sessions, before going on to claim a 2nd and 4th place for the two races on Sunday. It was by no means the perfect qualifying session but Zamparelli was in ambitious mood before the two races:

“We didn’t quite have the pace yet again in Qualifying. We’re just struggling to unlock that final tenth out of our package. It’s all really close, but the two times I set were only good enough for 2nd and 4th. Still, I’m excited to push on for the races and see how we get on. I won’t be sitting back.”

Dino remained calm throughout the two races, claiming victories as crossed the line in both races ahead of his teammate Ellinas and championship rival Eastwood, to take the win and close the championship gap to just 4 points.

He said “What an immense weekend it’s been. We’ve had over one hundred sponsors and guests all watching and supporting me this weekend at the home of British Motor racing! It was a crazy couple of races and I’m proud I could take both victories and give all my sponsors and guests something to cheer about! We’re right in this championship and we’ll keep pushing on with the final round at Brands Hatch to go.”

He added: “I’m not focussed on the points or the championship. This championship is Charlie Eastwood’s to lose, not mine. We’re just having some fun and claiming podiums and wins. I’ll be entirely locked in on trying to win at Brands Hatch, and naturally, will start by trying to unlock our Qualifying pace.”

The final rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup Championship, 14 & 15, take place at Brands Hatch on the 1st of October 2017. 

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Vincent Looks to His Native Basque Country for This Month’s Featured Wine – Txakoli

The wine of this month is definitely one of the most unusual and interesting of our list. The Txakoli comes from a very small vineyard .

The Txakoli is grown in a stunning location facing the sea around Getaria , Spanish part of the Basque country.

Some history :

Centuries ago, a sailor from Getaria was the first to circumnavigate the world, demonstrating the sphericity of the Earth. Juan Sebastián Elcano was honored to be the first to show the world that even being the son of a small town (a town that has around 2,500 habitants) human quality has no limits.

The Ameztoi winery : 5 generation producing Txakoli

The Ameztoi winery continues with the ancient tradition in the region of harvesting grapes, which predates the feat of our compatriot Juan Sebastian Elcano.

Bodegas Ameztoi with permanent care of the native grape varieties “Hondarrabi Zuri” and “Hondarrabi Beltza” and his constant attention and control of the winemaking, is pleased to offer a great wine with full warranty.

The grape harvest begins between the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. It is done by hand and only the bunches that fulfil the strictest quality requirements will be collected.

The grapes must be picked at the point of optimum ripeness so that the Txakoli obtains the balance between acidity and sugars, characteristics which together with the sea breeze give it its unique flavour.

The grape bunches are quickly taken to the winery. The musk is extracted and fermented in barrels for twelve to fifteen days. An exhaustive control of density and temperature is necessary for its correct development.

Ameztoi owns high level facilities in order to make their Txakoli in the best conditions.

Txakoli is more than a wine with its own personality. It is fruit of a centuries’ old tradition cultivated along the whole Basque coast. It is a white, pale-yellow wine, slightly acidic with fruity tones and full bodied in the mouth.

You are recommended to serve it fresh and it is customary to pour from a height into the glass, releasing in this way lots of bubbles together with the whole variety of aromas.

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Plastic in our Oceans

We are passionate about our wonderful beach here in Sennen, the beautiful Cornish coast and the health of our seas. Making sure the environment is safe and clean for us all to enjoy is something we all care about. Sea plastic is an increasing problem. It’s unsightly and posses a real threat to marine life. We are keen to do our bit by using plastic responsibly and cutting it out where we can and we’ve been raising awareness through our blogs. Plastic is useful, cheap and works brilliantly but if it’s thrown in the sea or left on the beach then plastic is not so fantastic.

Did you know?

  • 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s oceans every year.
  • 300 million tonnes of plastic is being produced every year, half of which is for ‘single use’ applications – like drinking straws.
  • Plastic production accounts for 8% of the world’s oil reserves.

Plastic takes years and years to break down and does so into smaller and smaller bits – or microbeads which can be digested. Fish and shellfish are consuming these microbeads and chemicals, which potentially enter the food chain.

Here in Sennen we no longer serve single use plastic straws with drinks. You can help do your bit too by picking up discarded plastic and rubbish from the beach when you visit.

Plastic – not always fantastic.

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Mates Rates Card

We love to give something back, to our loyal mates. That’s why we are running a loyalty program to our Customers that work or live around Sennen or Sennen Cove.
Every time you visit, you will be entitled to 10% off all beer in our Restaurant and Surf Den Bar.
Next time you visit ask us one of our team about our “Mates Rates” card, as we think it is only right that you should get rewarded for your being our loyal mate.
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