martes, 28 de octubre de 2014

Tasting Room Wine Merchants in Bath (Somerset - South West England)



TASTING ROOM WINE MERCHANTS IN BATH (SOMERSET - SOUTH WEST ENGLAND)

- Description: Wine Merchant with Cafe / Bar
- Adress: Tasting Room Wine Merchants 6 Green Street, Bath BA1 2JY
- Web: www.tastingroom-cafebar.co.uk
- Tel: 01225 463 392 Shop
- Open: Monday - Saturday
- Services: Excellent, friendly and experienced staff, ready to help and advise, no matter what the query may be.
- Other Services: Personal and Corporate Group Wine Tastings, Hen and Stag Wine Tastings, case discounts, tasting events, members wine club, Wedding tastings and a Nationwide Delivery Service.
- Products: Wine, Whiskies, Spirits, Port, Armagnac, Cognac, Spirits, wine tastings, whisky tastings, wine events and Wine courses.
- Open hours: Mon - Tus: 11:00 - 18:00 and Wend - Sat: 11:00 - 23:00


Tasting Room is an award winning wine merchant (Independent Spirit of the Year 2014 - The drinks retaling awards are among the trade´s biggest highlights, bringing together the leading lights in retail) based in Bath, offering the opportunity to taste before you buy.

Importing direct from over 50 wineries, sourced from the Chateaux and vineyards themselves, from France, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand - all available by the bottle and case in store. Wines to suit all wine lovers, novices and connoisseurs alike.

TASTING ROOM - WINE / CAFÉ / BAR / BRASSERIE

Tasting Room is first and foremost a wine & spirit merchant with a first floor wine-bar and cafe serving a great array of specialist wines and spirits along with a modern Mediterranean style menu to complement.

Customers can select from a broad, carefully selected wine-list chosen from the wines that are imported direct from the producers-an ever changing wine list with all wines available from their ground floor shop to take home. Wines are available to consume by the glass, carafe and bottle, as well as beer, cider, cocktails, pudding wines, port or just coffee.


An extensive whisky list offers whiskies from around the world, concentrating on Independent and unusual bottlings with a focus on Scotland, Japan and USA.

The Bar /café serves modern Mediterranean tapas style dishes, sharing boards, artisan cheese, as well as daily specials to complement the drinks using the best well sourced ingredients.

Their aim is to create a convivial atmosphere in which to serve high quality, characterful wines and imaginative food created from fresh, seasonal produce.

An important distinction of Tasting Room is the option to take wine home with you, hence our Wine Shop where nearly 300 wines are available to buy at highly competitive retail prices. You can also buy any of their wines online, with delivery available throughout mainland UK.

In the summer months make full use of their secluded terrace with a glass of wine, coffee or cocktail, or just unwind from a long day exploring Bath’s beautiful sights.


WINES AT THE TASTING ROOM

Tasting Room select and import wines via rigorous tasting sessions, from small individual growers and make every effort to visit as many wineries as possible before deciding to add a new domain to their portfolio. They work with individual and independent winegrowers who not only produce wines in the traditions of the generations who went before them, but who are as fascinated by innovation and the ways to maintain the distinctive flavours of their wines.

Theyt import wines direct from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, South Africa and New Zealand but are unashamed in their bias towards France and Italy – mainly due to the suitability of these wines to match with food, as offered in the first floor cafe/bar and the plethora of indigenous grape varietals on that make distinctive and interesting wines with character, depth of flavour and quality.

They also supply restaurants and hotels throughout the country that are attracted to the quality and individuality of these wines that are perfect matches for food – if you are interested in listing any of these wines please contact their trade team on 01225 483 070

Tasting Room (Quality Guarantee): All Tasting Room wines are subjected to the Tasting Panel, comprised of experienced tasters and members of staff and have to pass the quality, value and interest test. This ensures an impartial selection process and guarantees only truly excellent wines make it to the Tasting Room.


SPIRITS & WHISKIES AT THE TASTING ROOM

Their spirits and whiskies are an ever growing and developing section of their business and have long been a passion for them - Gin has seen an amazing transformation in the last two years with seemingly a new boutique gin appearing every week - try the Bath Gin made by the Canary Gin Bar in Bath as an example of how Gin has developed.

Whisky has long been a passion, however they favourite whiskies that are at least 10 years of age and ideally at least 46% volume and for this they constantly search for Independent bottlers who offer a different outlook on the classic.

They import their Armagnac direct from a small grower in Bas-Armagnac, France and are able to offer older vintages of excellent quality - many a night has been spent glass in hand. Grappa / Marc /Eau de Vie is the preferred after dinner drink of the owner and again we are always on the lookout for the next example to add to our list - either on the website or on our bar list.


LIQUEURS AT THE TASTING ROOM

They are as careful and as selective when choosing their range of spirits and liqueurs as when they choose a wine to add to their list - they are constantly searching for small artisanal drinks to add tou their ever growing selection. Absinthe has long been a favourite drink in the bar and they are always looking to add to their selection of this much maligned and misunderstood drink.

Aperitifs are becoming far more fashionable, led by the upsurge of popularity of sherries (no longer the drink of the older generation), but perhaps try a White Port or an Italian Vermouth as an alternative, or after a long night out a little Fernet Branca will work wonders the morning after.

We have a great selection of fruit crèmes - ideal to add to white, sparkling wine or make the difference in many a cocktail and there is many a surprise to be found in the liqueur selection, aside from some old favourites.


WINE TASTING

You don't have to be a connoisseur to enjoy wine tasting. Whether you want a relaxed, fun afternoon or evening tasting wines with friends, an informative tasting, or just to try before you buy, Tasting Room can organize the right tasting session for you.

Wine tasting can be a great idea for an alternative girls night out, a fun lunch time event, celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions, or for getting together with work colleagues or friends.

Each event will be hosted by one of their experts who have an in depth knowledge of all the wines and producers - each event can be tailored to each individual requirements.

Tastings will take place on the premises in 6 Green Street, Bath BA1 2JY

Once your tasting has finished why not take the opportunity to visit the cafe/bar upstairs to continue your tasting event - a fully stocked bar of wine, whisky and spirits (with a food menu serving till 10.00pm designed to match) - larger parties will have to book as the bar is cosy, intimate and popular.


- Wine Tasting One: £25.00/ head - these can only be booked for a tutored tasting for a minimum of eight people and are able to be booked for any day /evening we have availability - Saturday daytime limited availability and no tastings available on Sundays. A glass of Sparkling wine on arrival - tasting of six wines (three whites and three red wines) with a complement of cheese, cold meat and olives.

- Wine Tasting Two: £30.00/ head - these can either be used as a tutored tasting (minimum eight people)on any daytime or evening when they have availability or on one of the monthly open tastings where you are able to join a small group to enjoy a fun night of wine tasting without the minimum requirement of eight people for a private tasting. These monthly open tastings are usually held on a Saturday evening commencing at 6.30pm. A glass of Champagne on arrival - tasting of eight wines (three whites, four reds and a dessert wine) with a selection of two canapes, cheeses and olives.


WHISKY TASTING

You don't have to be a connoisseur to enjoy whisky tasting. Whether you want a relaxed, fun afternoon or evening tasting whisky with friends, an informative evening, or just to try before you buy, Tasting Room can organize the right tasting session for you.

Whisky tasting can be a great idea for an alternative day or night out, celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions, or for getting together with work colleagues or friends.

Each event will be hosted by one of the experts who have an in depth knowledge of all our whiskies and distilleries - each event can be tailored to each individual requirements and leave all arrangements to the team. Tastings will take place on the premises in 6 Green Street, Bath BA1 2JY.

Once your tasting has finished why not take the opportunity to visit our cafe/bar upstairs to continue your tasting experience - a fully stocked bar of wine, whisky and spirits (with a food menu serving till 10.00pm designed to match) - larger parties will have to book as the bar is cosy, intimate and popular.


- Whisky Tasting One: £30.00/ head - these can either be used as a tutored tasting (minimum six people) or on an open tasting. Five distinct whiskies of different styles and regions choosing from Scotland, Japan, USA and Ireland - Served with a selection of cheese, biscuits and oatcakes.

- Whisky Tasting Two: £35.00/ head - these can only be used as a tutored tasting (minimum six people). Six single malt whiskies - Including a whisky from Edradour, Scotland's smallest distillery, with accompanying salmon dishes, oatcakes and cheese.

RECOMMENDED BY THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER

"Where to go for expert-led whisky tasting sessions and masterclasses".
Five of Britain's best Whisky tastings: includes Tasting Room, Bath.
"This wine merchant has a whisky members' club that focuses on unusual whiskies, showcasing produce from newly fashionable whisky-producing countries such as Japan and Wales".


BATH IN SOMEREST ENGLAND

Bath (/ˈbɑːθ/ or /ˈbæθ/) is a city in Somerset, South West England, 97 miles (156 km) west of London and 13 miles (21 km) south-east of Bristol. In 2011, its population was 88,859. It became part of Avon in 1974; since Avon's abolition in 1996, it has been the principal centre of Bath and North East Somerset.

The city became a spa with the Latin name Aquae Sulis ("the waters of Sulis") c. AD 60 when the Romans built baths and a temple in the valley of the River Avon, although oral tradition suggests that the hot springs were known before then. It became popular as a spa town during the Georgian era, leaving a heritage of Georgian architecture crafted from Bath Stone.

Bath became a World Heritage Site in 1987. The city's theatres, museums and other cultural and sporting venues have helped to make it a major centre for tourism with more than one million staying visitors and 3.8 million day visitors to the city each year. The city has two universities and there are large service sector, information and communication technology and creative industries.


- Tourism: One of Bath's principal industries is tourism, with more than one million staying visitors and 3.8 million day visitors to the city on an annual basis. The visits mainly fall into the categories of heritage tourism and cultural tourism, aided by the city's selection in 1987 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognising its international cultural significance. All significant stages of the history of England are represented within the city, from the Roman Baths (including their significant Celtic presence), to Bath Abbey and the Royal Crescent, to Thermae Bath Spa in the 2000s. The size of the tourist industry is reflected in the almost 300 places of accommodation – including over 80 hotels, and over 180 bed and breakfasts – many of which are located in Georgian buildings. The history of the city is displayed at the Building of Bath Collection which is housed in a building which was built in 1765 as the Trinity Presbyterian Church. It was also known as the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, as she lived in the attached house from 1707 to 1791. Two of the hotels have 'five-star' ratings. There are also two campsites located on the western edge of the city. The city also contains about 100 restaurants, and a similar number of public houses and bars. Several companies offer open-top bus tours around the city, as well as tours on foot and on the river. Since 2006, with the opening of Thermae Bath Spa, the city has attempted to recapture its historical position as the only town in the United Kingdom offering visitors the opportunity to bathe in naturally heated spring waters.

In the 2010 Google Street View Best Streets Awards, the Royal Crescent took the second place in the "Britain's Most Picturesque Street" award, first place being given to The Shambles in York. Milsom Street was also awarded "Britain's Best Fashion Street" in the 11,000 strong vote.

- Architecture: There are many Roman archaeological sites throughout the central area of the city, but the baths themselves are about 6 metres (20 ft) below the present city street level. Around the hot springs, Roman foundations, pillar bases, and baths can still be seen, however all the stonework above the level of the baths is from more recent periods.

Bath Abbey was a Norman church built on earlier foundations, although the present building dates from the early 16th century and shows a late Perpendicular style with flying buttresses and crocketed pinnacles decorating a crenellated and pierced parapet. The choir and transepts have a fan vault by Robert and William Vertue. The nave was given a matching vault in the 19th century. The building is lit by 52 windows.

Most buildings in Bath are made from the local, golden-coloured Bath Stone, and many date from the 18th and 19th century. The dominant style of architecture in Central Bath is Georgian; this evolved from the Palladian revival style which became popular in the early 18th century. Many of the prominent architects of the day were employed in the development of the city. The original purpose of much of Bath's architecture is concealed by the honey-coloured classical façades; in an era before the advent of the luxury hotel, these apparently elegant residences were frequently purpose-built lodging houses, where visitors could hire a room, a floor, or (according to their means) an entire house for the duration of their visit, and be waited on by the house's communal servants. The masons Reeves of Bath were prominent in the city from the 1770s to 1860s.


"The Circus" consists of three long, curved terraces designed by the elder John Wood to form a circular space or theatre intended for civic functions and games. The games give a clue to the design, the inspiration behind which was the Colosseum in Rome. Like the Colosseum, the three façades have a different order of architecture on each floor: Doric on the ground level, then Ionic on the piano nobile and finishing with Corinthian on the upper floor, the style of the building thus becoming progressively more ornate as it rises. Wood never lived to see his unique example of town planning completed, as he died five days after personally laying the foundation stone on 18 May 1754.

The most spectacular of Bath's terraces is the Royal Crescent, built between 1767 and 1774 and designed by the younger John Wood. But all is not what it seems; while Wood designed the great curved façade of what appears to be about 30 houses with Ionic columns on a rusticated ground floor, that was the extent of his input. Each purchaser bought a certain length of the façade, and then employed their own architect to build a house to their own specifications behind it; hence what appears to be two houses is sometimes one. This system of town planning is betrayed at the rear of the crescent: while the front is completely uniform and symmetrical, the rear is a mixture of differing roof heights, juxtapositions and fenestration. This "Queen Anne fronts and Mary-Anne backs" architecture occurs repeatedly in Bath. Other fine terraces elsewhere in the city include Lansdown Crescent and Somerset Place on the northern hill.


Around 1770 the neoclassical architect Robert Adam designed Pulteney Bridge, using as the prototype for the three-arched bridge spanning the Avon an original, but unused, design by Palladio for the Rialto Bridge in Venice. Thus, Pulteney Bridge became not just a means of crossing the river, but also a shopping arcade. Along with the Rialto Bridge and the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, which it resembles, it is one of the very few surviving bridges in Europe to serve this dual purpose. It has been substantially altered since it was built. The bridge was named after Frances and William Pulteney, the owners of the Bathwick estate for which the bridge provided a link to the rest of Bath. The Georgian streets in the vicinity of the river tended to be built high above the original ground level to avoid flooding, with the carriageways supported on vaults extending in front of the houses. This can be seen in the multi-storey cellars around Laura Place South of Pulteney Bridge, in the colonnades below Grand parade, and in the grated coal holes in the pavement of North Parade. In some parts of the city, such as George Street, and London Road near Cleveland Bridge, the developers of the opposite side of the road did not match this pattern, leaving raised pavements with the ends of the vaults exposed to a lower street below.

The heart of the Georgian city was the Pump Room, which, together with its associated Lower Assembly Rooms, was designed by Thomas Baldwin, a local builder responsible for many other buildings in the city, including the terraces in Argyle Street, and the Guildhall. Baldwin rose rapidly, becoming a leader in Bath's architectural history. In 1776 he was made the chief City Surveyor, and in 1780 became Bath City Architect. Great Pulteney Street, where he eventually lived, is another of his works: this wide boulevard, constructed circa 1789 and over 1,000 feet (305 m) long and 100 feet (30 m) wide, is lined on both sides by Georgian terraces.


In the 1960s and early 1970s some parts of Bath were unsympathetically redeveloped, resulting in the loss of some 18th- and 19th-century buildings. This process was largely halted by a popular campaign which drew strength from the publication of Adam Fergusson's The Sack of Bath. Controversy has revived perodically, most recently with the demolition of the 1930s Churchill House, a neo-Georgian municipal building originally housing the Electricity Board, to make way for a new bus station. This is part of the Southgate redevelopment in which an ill-favoured 1960s shopping precinct, bus station and multi-story car park were demolished and replaced by a new area of mock-Georgian shopping streets. As a result of this and other changes, notably plans for abandoned industrial land along the Avon, the city's status as a World Heritage Site was reviewed by UNESCO in 2009. The decision was made let Bath keep its status, but UNESCO has asked to be consulted on future phases of the Riverside development, saying that the density and volume of buildings in the second and third phases of the development need to be reconsidered. It also demands that Bath do more to attract world-class architecture in new developments.

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