May 7th 2019

Five of the Best English Wines

Five of the Best English Wines

Food to feast on, the best in live entertainment and innovative drinks are at the heart of a successful TLC party. Theatrical, imaginative presentation of your party cocktails and wines is a hallmark of our events. But what is in the glass certainly counts too. For those looking for a more sustainable event drinks idea, a smaller dinner with wine buffs in attendance or to honour the English summer, we have some great wine advice with five of the best English wines.

So, just in time to celebrate English wine week (25 May – 1 June), the TLC team has chosen their favourite five of the best English wines for you to try. Glasses at the ready …..

Winbirri Bacchus

First of all in our selection, and dubbed the Sauvignon Blanc of England, is the Bacchus grape. This has caught the imagination of wine connoisseurs across the globe. The Winbirri Bacchus became a much sought-after still white wine when the family-run vineyard in Norfolk won the Platinum Decanter Award ‘Best in Show: Best White Single-Varietal Wine in the World’ 2017, ahead of more than 17,200 entries.

The longer, drier summers in East Anglia have consequently made for excellent growing conditions for this 34-acre country winery in Surlingham. Made from 100% Bacchus grapes this wine has an elegant nose of grapefruit, passion fruit and floral characters. On the palate the wine gives the subtle flavours of ripe tropical fruits backed with a clean crisp finish.

The 2018 vintage is now available to pre-order. Interest is expected to be high, as it is expected to be among the best English wines.

Cost: £19.50

Five of the Best English Wines

Hattingley Valley’s 2014 Rosé

Hattingley Valley is a family-run business which has been working 60 acres of vineyard to produce premium English sparkling wines in Hampshire for just over a decade. It’s first wines were released in 2013 and have since won numerous awards.

Its 2014 Rosé is clearly among the best English wines having won no fewer than 8 awards. This includes a Gold Medal in 2018 from the Independent English Wine Awards. It is produced from hand-picked Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes,. These were gently pressed before fermentation in white Burgundy barrels. The wine then spent at least 2 years ageing on lees in the bottle, and a further 2 months ageing on cork before release.

And so the result is a subtle and delicate Rosé with an abundance of redcurrant and strawberry aromas. This is supported by fine toasty notes. Winemaker Will Perkins recommends enjoying this Rosé with Cherrystone Clam Chowder served with freshly baked bread.

Cost: £36.00 bottle

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Late Harvest 2017

Late Harvest 2017 is a rare, sweet wine produced by Astley Vineyard in Worcestershire. The vineyard is one of the oldest in England, established by the Bache family in 1971. Since then its founders have retired. New owners, the Haywood family, have maintained its boutique focus, producing approximately 9,000 bottles of high-quality a year. Alongside the vineyards Old Vine Kerner and Vintage Sparkling Kerner, Astley’s Late Harvest is one of its most celebrated wines.

Late Harvest is a deliciously light, aromatic and refreshing wine. It offers flavours of candied orange, fig, and a touch of Seville orange marmalade. Its relatively light body and medium low acidity, therefore makes it an unusually palatable desert wine, that isn’t overwhelmingly sweet.

At dinner it is an excellent choice to accompany cheeseboards.

Cost: £19.50

Five of the Best English Wines

Balfour Blanc de Blancs 2014

A gold medallist at the International Wine Challenge in 2017, Balfour Blanc de Blanc 2014, produced at the Hush Heath Estate in Kent, is one to savour, with an ageing potential of 8 years plus.

The deep Wealden clay soil which underlies the 50-acre vineyard is unique to this corner of Ken and provides the dense structure for the wines’ vibrant, lively acidity.

The Chardonnay grapes for this Cuvée came entirely from Hush Heath’s Old 8 Acre Vineyard, and were hand-harvested in October 2014, before being fermented in specially designed stainless-steel tanks kept at a cool 16°C to ensure clean, pure characters and complexity. Secondary fermentation in bottle, followed by a minimum 30 months ageing on the lees.

The result is a brilliant white gold colour wine with a vibrant, dry taste, and fine mousse, citrus, and mineral characters. It is an excellent choice to accompany seafood or chicken dishes.

Cost: £45.00 bottle

Sharpham whole berry rosé

Lastly on our list of the five of the best English wines is a true taste of English summer. Look no further than this off-dry, fruity rosé, which bursts with the delicate flavours of strawberries and rhubarb. This 2017 vintage is produced from Pinor Noir/Dornfelder grapes handpicked on the thousand-year-old South Devon farm. The estate, owned by the Sharpham Trust. It is made up of 500 acres of land on sheltered slopes above the River Dart, just two miles downstream of the ancient market town of Totnes.

Sharpham has been producing some of the best English wines for almost 25 years. They combine traditional and modern-day techniques to produce wines offering intense fruit flavours and aromas.

Our choice of whole berry rose has been aged 6 months under controlled conditions in stainless steel. Furthermore, it won the trophy for the best Rose at the South West Vineyards Association 2017. For that reason, the wine is an excellent choice to complement summer salads, cold meats or slightly spicy food.

Cost: £17.50 bottle

Try one of these fabulous wines from our collection of five of the best English wines available, and start the English summer off in style!

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 May 3rd 2019

Five ideas for a football inspired party

Five ideas for a football inspired party

Whether you are heading to Wembley on 18 May or watching on TV, the Emirates FA Cup final is always a good excuse for a party. This year Manchester City and Watford will battle it out to bring home the iconic silverware. To get you in the mood, here are our favourite five ideas for a football inspired party.

1. Play with your hero

For true fans, if you can’t see your team win the FA Cup the next best thing is playing on a pitch side-by-side with your sporting heroes. During May and June many Premiership stadiums offers access to their pitches for people looking for an extra special birthday or corporate football inspired party. Play with a Legend. It offers three-hour party packages that include playing time and socialising with the footballing icon after the match. The birthday party package includes full kit hire, a qualified referee, and a footballing legend to play in your game of 7 or 11 a-side. They will also join you for post-match drinks in the bar to share stories from their career. Footballers available for hire include Ian Rush, Emile Heskey and Teddy Sheringham.

2. Soccer Superstars

For the little football lovers in your life there are lots of indoor and outdoor pitches you can hire by the hour and set up your own mini-tournament. Some sessions are run by professional coaches and can include a wide variety of football inspired party games. Think keepie-up competitions and shoot-outs. For youngsters, a winner’s trophy is a nice touch to have, and medals for every competitor to take away as party favours. After all that activity, the young sportsmen and women and their parents will no doubt have worked-up an appetite. Find a pitch that offers an adjacent party room for hire. Decorate it with a football pitch dancefloor. Tables suspended on giant floral footballs. Linens in the colours of your favourite teams. A cascade of flowers blooming for football boots as creative table displays. Ideas are endless.

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3. FIFA champions

Third on our list of five ideas for a football inspired party, set up your own championship experience. Use technology such as X Box FIFA 19 for a football inspired game party. Unlike individual video game play, a party experience heightens the drama as players compete against each other in the same space. You can choose whatever the prize will be – even having knock-out rounds to take home your own party silverware. The best bit is that players can choose their own team, so no matter who you support there is a chance of seeing your colours in the final.

4. Penalty Shoot-Out

Nothing beats the drama of a final penalty shoot-out. And you can recreate the excitement by hiring an inflatable penalty shoot-out for your football inspired party. There are inflatable goals with either Velcro target areas or a series of holes to shoot through with a backdrop to collect the balls. They work well for outdoor parties or in a large indoor space and appeal to both young and old footie fans alike. Simple but fun for a smaller venue….add a Sabbuteo football table and watch grown men battle it out on the pitch! Let the tournament begin!

5. Hear from the best

Last on our collection of five ideas for a football inspired party is for a larger celebration. If you’re planning a more formal football inspired party such as a sportsman’s dinner, as well as football themed décor and entertainment, nothing beats the authenticity of hearing from one of the sport’s well-known greats. Combine with a dinner of match day foods – posh pie and peas, bottled beers chilled to arctic temperatures, piping hot cones of fish and chips and maybe a decadent Mars Bar (the staple of the terraces) inspired dessert. Footballing after dinner speakers for hire include Andy Cole, Ron Atkinson, Michael Owen, Kevin Keegan, John Barnes and Bryan Robson.

Engagement events by the Taylor Lynn Corporation

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 Apr 17th 2019

Destination Guide: Enjoy Luxury in Leeds

Destination Guide: Enjoy Luxury in Leeds

This month our MD, Liz Taylor is speaking on the ‘Future of Event Design’ at the 10th anniversary Conference and Hospitality Show, Leeds First Direct Arena (30 April). If you’re going along, check out some of our favourite spots in this vibrant northern city, and enjoy luxury in Leeds. Here’s our suggestions:

Best hotel: The Queens Hotel

If you’re looking for luxury in Leeds, look no further than the regally named The Queens Hotel in City Square. Built in 1937 this stunning Grade II listed Art Deco venue has an unrivalled position for access to the city. It offers direct access to Leeds train station via a private entrance from the station concourse. If you are travelling by car, the hotel also provides valet parking for a fee. Now part of Q Hotels, there is a dedicated floor for suites where guests can enjoy an exclusive QClub level experience. This includes a private lounge and rooftop terrace.

Best venue for a corporate event: First Direct Arena

First Direct Arena is equipped to host all level of events. From comedy clubs to music mega stars like Cher and Rita Ora; sporting events such as Europe’s Strongest Man to major conferences such as the Conference and Hospitality Show. And let’s face it, if you’re going to invite the event planner industry in for a conference you’ve got to be good, because you’re sure to hear about it if you’re not.

The stand-out feature for large conferences is the venue’s unique ‘super theatre’. This holds 12,000 people with all seats facing the stage. Depending on the size of event, the Arena also offers more intimate spaces for numbers as small as 10. Choose from classroom style facilities, boardrooms and exhibition space.

Best rooftop bar: Angelica

Spring is here. As the weather warms up there is no better way to experience a new city than rising above it to get a full panoramic view. Angelica is a perfect spot to relax and enjoy luxury in Leeds. Located on the sixth floor of the Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre, the rooftop bar has a wraparound planted terrace for unrivalled city views. Every Saturday night the roof bounces the vibes of resident DJ club night Razamataz. The restaurant and terrace are also available for exclusive hire and can host between 20 and 160 guests.

Best lunch spot to wow a client: Arnolds

At Arnold’s the Yorkshire experience is central. This independent restaurant, on Wade Lane in Leeds Arena Quarter, prides itself on serving locally sourced, seasonal produce, showcasing the very best of Yorkshire and British ingredients.

The restaurant is available for full exclusive hire. There is also private dining available for up to 26 guests, with business facilities such as high-speed internet, hidden digital screen and full audio-visual equipment.

Destination Guide: Enjoy Luxury in Leeds

We also couldn’t leave out one of our favourite dining spots; The Ivy Victoria Quarter.  

We love their casual menus with unique interior and impeccable service. Popular with celebrities and social movers, The Ivy never fails to impress.

A ‘hidden gem’: Leventhorpe Vineyard

You don’t have to journey far from Leeds to feel as if you are a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Leventhorpe Vineyard in Woodlesford is accessible by car, bus or train. Plus it is open most days for sales. Founded by George and Janet Bowden in 1985 the vineyard was the first to re-introduce commercial wine growing back into Yorkshire. The couple, who are members of the English Wine Producers, produce a range of award-winning wines. White, red and sparkling, both white and pink. All of which are made from grapes grown on site within their five-acre vineyard and produced in their purpose-built winery.

If our destination guide has helped, you should check out our Ten UK Cities Popular With Event Organisers

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