The Low Down on Heswall Gin

Joe Whittick
The rumours are true - Heswall drinks so much gin that it had to open its own distillery! We jest of course, but it really is the case that we now have our own distillery right here in town, and they've burst onto the artisanal gin scene with a hyper-local Heswall Gin! We caught up with Jonpaul Stanhope and James White, founders, distillers, oh, and engineers...

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New Online Shop Goes Live!

Joe Whittick

Some of you may have noticed that our website is looking a little different all of a sudden! This is because we took the decision to move our entire in-store and online offering over to Shopify. During the first week of April 2021 we will be transitioning from our multiple existing software platforms, which we had bolted on to each other as we grew as a business.

The move will bring lots of benefits to you as customers and to us as business owners. However, there may be some temporary disruption to our online shop during this period in time, so please bear with us while we chase down all the gremlins and iron out all the kinks! If you spot one, please do let us know! 

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What makes a Craft Beer a Craft Beer?

Whitmore & White
Many people view craft beer as the younger, hip cousin of real ale. While both reject the blandness of mass-produced beers, real ale focuses solely on traditional brewing methods, with most served from a cask via a hand pump in the pub. In contrast, craft beer embraces experimentation and innovation in search of new tastes and styles. The result is modern craft brews with distinct personalities that upend the status quo - this is not your father's beer! So what does make a craft beer? 

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Vilarnau Launch Alcohol Free Fizz

Whitmore & White
We're thrilled to tell you that our award-winning Cava producer and huge customer favourite Vilarnau has launched a pioneering organic, vegan, alcohol free fizz!

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What the Truffle? Hunting for Black Gold!

Whitmore & White
Truffles are a kind of fungus that grow under the ground. They are among the most valuable foodstuffs in the world. While French and Italian truffles are famous, English truffles are less well known but still prized for their culinary value. In the 19th and early 20th centuries England had a moderately thriving truffle industry. 

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New Wine from Rhône and Burgundy

Whitmore & White
Keeping our range of wine fresh and new is a constant challenge for us. Balancing the need to keep customer favourites and best sellers on the shelf, whilst constantly keeping the range new and interesting is difficult to do without ending up needing an aircraft hangar! Those of you who know our shops will know that we are the antithesis of "hangar" so from time to time we have a good old review of our range.

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W&W Welcomes Top Rope Beer

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Those of you who know me will know that I often get accosted by all manner of people who announce apropos of nothing that they have made a beer. "I've done a beer" they blurt, breathless with excitement, "it's made of cabbages and MDF!". I'm not sure if that's what they really say, but I've usually tuned out by that point. Such is the prevalence of craft beer now, trying to find the good stuff has become a dark art. If the moon is just right, sometimes you win. And this time I feel like I've won... 

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Takeaway Wines - Thai

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All too often we spend ages deliberating over what to have from that Just Eat or Deliveroo menu and give next to no consideration to what wine might go with it, opening up whatever's in the fridge or wine rack because "it'll do Marjorie, it's just a takeaway". With more of us staying in-in rather than going out-out this year, we think we can do better than "it'll do"! So we're here to arm you with some suggestions

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A Tasty Trio of New Italian Wine

Whitmore & White
We don't like to stand still at Whitmore & White so we're always on the lookout for new and interesting wine, spirits, beer and food. Following a bit of a spring clean of our wine range, we're pleased to welcome three fantastic new wines just in from Italy - a pair of Lugana whites and a tantalising Chianti Classico from Tuscany. 

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Stranded in New Zealand at Riverby Estate

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Those of you who shop with us in Frodsham will know Katy, but you may not know that as well as working at Whitmore & White, she and husband Dave also import an outstanding range of wine from New Zealand, all of which you will find on our shelves. Katy was in New Zealand just before lockdown happened visiting one of our favourite wine producers 

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