Steady Sticks

Chrissie from Cornwall

Three sets of Steady Sticks arrived safe and sound, thank you.
Hi Marian 
Three sets of Steady Sticks arrived safe and sound, thank you. 
I bought them for friends after having been given a set a couple of years ago. I love them and they have been put to very good use on the Cornish cliffs! 

Private Wine Tasting Party

Catherine and Oliver from Hampshire

Dear Torquil and Marian
Just a note to say that we much enjoyed your evening of Wines and Tapas for the 60th Birthday and it made for a memorable party.  Both wines and menus were delicious and the time passed all too quickly.
Thanks again
Catherine and Oliver

Fun at Carfest 2016


Dear Carte-du-vin,

I am sure you receive lots of appreciative emails after an event like CarFest.

However, I will continue anyway.

We discovered you at the festival three years ago and have come back each time as irritating repeat visitors who then forget to use you throughout the normal year.

You really are rather marvellous and should be congratulated for it. 

You allow us each time to buy wine, then you keep it cold for us until we drag ourselves away from the fun to collect and drink it.

Not only is your wine lovely but you are all lovely to deal with on the stand too despite being faced with people like us when you have worked for an incredibly long weekend.

We had south African white which was delicious and new to us. Thank you. Three bottles later and we happily stumbled home.

I promise faithfully to actually remember to look at your other wines now that we are all back to normal after the bank holiday festivities.

I hope you had a productive weekend. I sincerely hope it is worth your while to work the stand. We do tell everyone about you throughout the year. I hope you continue to find the event worthwhile.

Kind regards


Nigel & Jan from Winchester

Nigel & Jan from Winchester

Email recieved from 22 Tipple Member - So good to hear when the regular monthly wines are sampled and so enjoyed!

Very much enjoying July 2 2 tipple this evening!

Scaramanga red 😋😋

David - Chairman of IBM Wine Appreiciation Society.

David - Chairman of IBM Wine Appreiciation Society.

Hi Torq,

Just a note to say thank you for the excellent presentation you  did to the IBM Wine Appreciation Society last Thursday.  Several of my colleague / members have offered the view that your presentation was among the best the club has had and the wines you showed were very much appreciated. Thank you again for giving our club a most enjoyable and educational evening.


Allan & Dorothy - Ayr Scotland

Allan & Dorothy - Ayr Scotland

Thank you carte-du-vin, both Dorothy and I have enjoyed HUGELY the champagne that we've supped for our birthdays. We would recommend it to anyone. Big applause in choosing that one to add to your list. Thanks again

Alice from Winchester

Alice from Winchester

"Had a lovely and very informative evening at your South African wine tasting last night and a big thank you carte-du-vin for the lovely food that went so well with the different wines" 08/04/2016

Richmond Park Conservative Association from Barnes London

Richmond Park Conservative Association from Barnes London

Private Wine Tasting -Fund raising event March 2016 

Huge thanks to Marian and Torq for driving all the way to Barnes, SW London, for our fund-raising wine-tasting event. It was a great success and people are already asking about a follow-up later in the year. Torq's description of each of the wines hit just the right note......informative and entertaining. Marian and Torq mingled with the crowd while the wines were being tasted, and this was an added bonus for those who wanted more information. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and lots of orders still coming in for the wines we sampled. Thank so much for an excellent evening.

Thank you from BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need

04 January 2016

Dear Marian Jack & Carte-du-Vin

Thank you very much for supporting BBC Children in Need in 2015.

For full letter of thanks click below



Gordon & Annette from Andover Hampshire

Gordon & Annette from Andover Hampshire

Dear Marian and Torq
Thank you so much for your hospitality and informed convivium on Friday, what a splendid evening. Wine is supposed to be for everyone yet putting a group together and feeling that everyone took away exactly what they wanted has to go down to the hosts.
Gordon & Annette

Nadder Valley - Wine Circle

Nadder Valley - Wine Circle from Nadder Valley

On behalf of our wine group may I thank you for a most enjoyable and informative wine tasting last night. I have had nothing but praise from our members who you really set chatting.

Once again many thanks and kind regards Alastair

Rich and Lottie from Southampton, Hampshire

Rich and Lottie from Southampton, Hampshire

Thank you very much for your expert advice and prompt delivery of the bottles of wine for our twin nephews christening presents.

Although they are only 6 months old, we could see a sparkle in their eyes at the anticipation of enjoying your selection with their favourite Uncle and Auntie when they are 18 years old in the year 2030!!

Many thanks,

Rich and Lottie

Simon & Belinda Hughes from Micheldever, Winchester

Simon & Belinda Hughes from Micheldever, Winchester

Dear Carte-du-Vin, What an excellent, innovative and fun idea your 22tipple deal is. We love getting two, great quality, surprise wines each month that you have carefully selected and then delivered to our door. When I signed up I liked the idea of trying wines I wouldn’t have the imagination or time to seek out; what I didn’t expect was the fun of the whole deal. It feels like we receive a present each month and the anticipation of opening the box makes it a really enjoyable experience and that’s without opening the bottles! Your wines are very good and we have genuinely enjoyed every bottle you have selected. We’re enjoying a wider selection of wine and benefiting from your experience, the notes you enclose are concisely informative and help us select the right meal with which to enjoy wine – a great service thank you! Simon & Belinda 

Mark and Jo from Chandlers Ford, Hampshire

Mark and Jo from Chandlers Ford, Hampshire

Our thanks to Carte-du-Vin for providing with such lovely wine for our wedding and being on hand with reserves in case we ran out! It was great value and nothing was too much trouble. They helped our big day run so seamlessly’’

Many thanks Mark and Jo

Maggie, Sandy and Liz from Winchester

Maggie, Sandy and Liz from Winchester

On behalf of the Rosses I would like to say THANK YOU so much for a wonderful evening on Friday – the food was amazing – the wines were all excellent and the evening was just superb.  What more can I say.  You and Torq must have put so much work into the evening and it certainly paid off. 

Well done and thanks! Maggie, Sandy and Liz, Winchester

Tony Patson from Micheldever, Winchester

Tony Patson from Micheldever, Winchester

Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed your recent wine tasting evening. The selection of wines, accompanied by an interesting presentation on each variety, made for an interesting evening. I also found the food you served to be an excellent accompaniment to the tasting.

Many thanks, Tony Patson.

Ray and Val from Alton, Hampshire

Ray and Val from Alton, Hampshire

Dear Marian and Torquil,

Ray and I enjoyed the wine tasting so much last evening and also the company.

As always, the evening was so informative and we do learn so much from Torquil's explanations of the history of the vintage and little anecdotes which he intersperses which makes it so much more informative.

Not only that, but we are lucky enough to have the wines accompanied by Marion's wonderful food. I have to say that this is what adds so much to the experience.  Any 'Wine Tasting' events we have attended previously, one is given a few nibbles and a spittoon and that is the usual way of presenting the wines. How much more convivial it is presented by yourselves.

To be able to sit in comfortable surroundings, in a relaxed atmosphere and to gradually feast leisurely on 7 courses of tasters, all suitably chosen, with care, to accompany the wines we are tasting is certainly a entirely new concept and so much more convivial.

This is the third Wine Tasting we have attended and we enjoyed every one, we look forward to future events. Ever thought of producing a recipe book Marian ?

Thank you again and best wishes

Sebastien and Alice at Spencer la Pujade. from 3, Rue Des Vignerons, 11200 Ferrals-les-Corbières, France

Dedication indeed!

 Torquil driving through the night to get back in time for a Carte du Vin soirée, after the car had a major technical problem… the bottles of Spencer la Pujade’s “LE BOSC” in the back were needed for the tasting!

Thank you Torquil and Marian from Sebastien and Alice at Spencer la Pujade.

Ron - Email order

Ron - Email order

Dear carte-du-vin,

Just a quick message to thank you for your prompt dispatch of the two posters I ordered to be sent to Paris.

They have arrived safely, and my daughter and her partner are delighted with them.  The posters are, as I write, being framed and already have earmarked wall space in Le Tablier Rouge!
Many thanks.

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