lunes, 3 de noviembre de 2014

Palmers Wine Store - Shop in Bridport, West Dorset (England)


- History: Palmers Wine Store is a family owned, independent, leading Wine Merchant in Dorset since 1794. Today, this tradition is as strong as it has ever been. Palmers Wine Store, located on the historic Brewery site, offers a range of over 1000 wines, spirits, fortified wines, liqueurs and real ales.

- Quality: With continuous tasting and careful evaluation they have developed an extensive range of wines that offer value and quality, wines that offer great regionality and that are a reflection of the place and people who make them.

- Wine Advice: This experienced team would be delighted to offer advice on any wine related subject. If you have a question on Menu Matching for a dinner or lunch, they will have the answer! If you would like to know how to store your wine or know how long it should be cellared, they would be only too happy to answer your question. Pone: 01308 427 500 or email

- Staff: They also have a very well known reputation on their customer service, a team of passionate, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable staff.

The team is led by Mark Banham who is responsible for buying and has 20 years experience in the wine trade.

“Under the direction of Mark Banham, Palmer’s Wine Store has grown and grown to present a range of wine from all regions and for all pockets that rivals that of the best London wine merchants.” Steven Spurrier, Consultant Editor Decanter Magazine, November 2012

Assisting is Luke Machin, whose background as a sommelier, confirms his great interest in food and wine combinations. Ronnie Mace completes their experienced team with over 20 years at Palmers Wine Store.

They actively promote the understanding and enjoyment of wine at their wine shop and tasting events and they believe buying wine should be a pleasurable experience whether in person or online.

- Wine Tasting News: The other great advantage to buying wine from Palmers Wine Store is that they offer a maling list and monthly tastings events, where you can meet winemakers, discover vineyards, receive tips on tasting, etc.

They run two tasting societies which operate in Dorchester and in Bridport, meeting on the last Thursday and Friday of each month respectively.

In Dorchester they have recently moved to a new venue, Cafe Paninis on the new Eldridge Pope development and in Bridport they use the conference room in the historic Palmers Brewery.

Tastings are themed around a country, region or producer, as always they are delighted that many of their tastings are hosted by growers, makers and importers of distinction and renown.

After each tasting they also offer a hand selected case which they feel includes the best wines from each tasting at a special delivered price.

- Enomatic wine sampling machine: Palmers Wine Store now has an Enomatic wine sampling machine! The machine dispenses wine in sample size portions whilst preserving it in perfect condition. Sampling is a fun way to try before you buy, experiment with new wines, varieties and regions and offers a unique opportunity to try iconic wines without breaking the bank.

Sampling in Palmers Wine Store is simple, come in the shop, register for a card and add some credit (minimum £10).

Wines are dispensed in three sizes from 25ml and the price of each wine is displayed on the machine, samples start from as little as 30p each.

Try a wine (spittoons provided), try another, come back another day and try something new.

You can ALSO purchase cards online here, great as a gift.

- Palmers Wine Store can also offer the following services:
. Sale-or-Return with glass loan or hire
. Free Local Delivery
. Expert Advice
. Wedding and Party Advice

- Online: They now offer excellent wine online with free delivery over £90 to the UK mainland.

- Name: Palmers Wine Store
- Adress: Old Brewery, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 4JA, England
- Tel. 01308 427500 Fax. 01308 421149
- Email:
- Web:


Bodegas Urbina is located in Cuzcurrita de Rio Tiron, an area of Rioja Alta known for its long lived wines. Is a small family owned estate consisting of some 75ha of vineyards. Four generations of the family have dedicated themselves to the cultivation of their vineyards and production of wine.

In 1975 Urbina began to age and bottle their own wine in order to retain the special characteristics of a small single estate. Their sole objective, the production of quality wines, has been achieved as the result of careful viticulture using traditional techniques, harvesting by hand and avoiding the use of weed killers and pesticides.

Grapes: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Mazuelo
Produce of: Rioja, Spain
Producer: Bodegas Urbina S.L.

- Crianza Rioja, Urbina: 95% Tempranillo with Graciano and Mazuelo with 12 months in oak and 6 months in bottle. A really classic Crianza with many layers of fine, aromatic fruit.

- Vintage: 2008
- ABV: 13%
- Mls: 75cl
- Price: £12.99 per bottle

- Urbina, Reserva Especial, Rioja: 95% Tempranillo with 5% Mazuelo and Graciano, with 18 months in oak and 12 months in bottle. Proper, excellent, old fashioned, mature Rioja with great finesse and elegance.

- Vintage: 2001
- ABV: 14%
- Mls: 75cl
- Price: £18.99 per bottle


Bridport is a market town in Dorset, England, situated approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) inland from the English Channel near the confluence of the small River Brit and its tributary the Asker. Its origins are Saxon and it has a long history as a rope-making centre, though many of its buildings date from the 18th century.

On the coast and within the town's boundary is West Bay, a small fishing harbour previously known as Bridport Harbour.

In the 21st century Bridport's arts scene has contributed to the town becoming increasingly popular with people from outside the locality. It has an arts centre, theatre, library, cinema and museum, and several annual events. It features as Port Bredy in the fictional Wessex of Thomas Hardy's novels.

In the 2011 census the population of Bridport's built-up area was 13,568. The town is twinned with Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, France.

- History: Bridport's origins are Saxon. During the reign of King Alfred it became one of the four most important settlements in Dorset – the other three being Dorchester, Shaftesbury and Wareham – with the construction of fortifications and establishment of a mint.

Bridport's name probably derives from another location nearby. In the early 10th century the Burghal Hidage recorded the existence of a fortified centre or burh in this area, called 'Brydian', which is generally accepted as referring to Bridport. 'Brydian' means 'place at the (River) Bride', and this name may have come from an earlier burh in the Bride Valley a few miles to the east, which perhaps was abandoned or not completed in favour of the harbour site at Bridport. A probable location for an earlier burh is at Littlebredy. In 1086 the Domesday Book recorded that the town was called 'Brideport'; 'port' is Old English for a market town, thus 'Brideport' may have described the market town belonging to or associated with Bredy. At a later date, in a reversal of a more typical derivation, the town lent its name to the river on which it stood; previously this had been the River Wooth, but it became the River Brit.

The Domesday Book recorded that Bridport had 120 houses in the reign of Edward the Confessor (1042–1066). In 1253 the town was awarded its first charter by Henry III.

Since the Middle Ages Bridport has been associated with the production of rope and nets. The raw materials for this industry, flax and hemp, used to be grown in the surrounding countryside, though they were superseded in modern times by artificial fibres such as nylon. Bridport's main street is particularly wide due to it previously having been used to dry the ropes, after they had been spun in long gardens behind the houses. Ropes for gallows used to be made in the town, hence the phrase "stabbed with a Bridport dagger" being used to describe a hanging.

In 1651 Charles II briefly stayed in the town as he sought to escape Parliamentarian forces after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester.

Many buildings in Bridport, particularly in the main street, date from the 18th century. The town hall was built in 1785-6, with its clock tower and cupola added about twenty years later. Older buildings can be found in South Street, and include the 13th-century St. Mary's parish church, the 14th-century chantry and the 16th-century Bridport Museum.

- Geography: Bridport lies in the county of Dorset in South West England, in the West Dorset administrative district about 14 miles (23 km) west of Dorchester, 15.5 miles (25 km) SSW of Yeovil, 33 miles (53 km) east of Exeter and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) inland from the English Channel at West Bay. The town centre lies at an altitude of 10–15 metres (33–49 ft) and is sited between the small River Brit and its tributary the Asker, about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) north of their confluence. Another small tributary, the River Simene, also joins the Brit to the west of the town centre.

Bridport is composed of several small suburban districts, some of which used to be separate villages. These suburban districts include Allington, Skilling, Coneygar, Bothenhampton, Bradpole, Court Orchard and St Andrew's Well. Bothenhampton in particular is still regarded by locals as a separate village. One and a half miles from the town centre and within the town's boundary lies West Bay, a small fishing harbour known as Bridport Harbour until the arrival of the railway. At that time it was "rebranded" to its current name to make it sound more attractive.

Bridport is situated close to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and the western end of Chesil Beach. The loose clay cliffs in the area have abundant fossils, which attract fossil hunters. The town's most notable landmark is the conical Colmers Hill, its distinctive shape and small clump of summit trees being very noticeable from West Street.

- Economy: Bridport has some light industry, most notably Palmer's Brewery (JC & RH Palmer Ltd) which, under various aliases, owns other property in the town and which recently celebrated its bicentennial. Other established companies include AmSafe Bridport, successors to the old firm of Bridport-Gundry. AmSafe’s aviation products can be found on most commercial aircraft, including seat belts, restraints, cargo and barrier nets, tie-downs, and cabin interior textiles.

Other companies include Curtiss Wright and Edwards Sports. Amsafe and Edwards Sports are the main survivors of Bridport's 750-year-old rope and net making history. Even today, the goal nets of any major football championships are likely to have been made in Bridport as would be the tennis nets, the wooden posts and the umpire's chair at Wimbledon.

Bridport has a twice-weekly street market and monthly farmers' market. In 2005 there were 128 shops in the town, with a floorspace totalling 119,000 square feet (11,100 m2). Several national chains have stores in the town, including W H Smith, Boots, Morrisons, Co-op, Superdrug, Waitrose, New Look and Fat Face. The food retail catchment area of the town extends up to 5 miles north, east and west, and in 2001 had a population of 19,200. R J Balson & Son, a butcher's shop on West Allington, is known as "England's Oldest Family Butchers", and claims a continuous line of family butchers back to the year 1515. According to the Institute for Family Business, it is the oldest continuously trading family business in the UK.

- Notable people and places: Notable people connected with Bridport and the surrounding villages include rock singer P.J. Harvey, actor Martin Clunes, socialist musician Billy Bragg and musician and producer Simon Emmerson.

Bridport and the surrounding area was used to film Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Channel 4 television programme River Cottage and the BBC dramas Harbour Lights starring Nick Berry and Rockliffe's Folly starring Ian Hogg. West Bay was used to film the 1950s film The Navy Lark, the opening credits of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, and much of the filming of the crime drama Broadchurch, starring David Tennant and written by Chris Chibnall who lives in Bridport.

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