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Rendezvous gives you wings!

What a pleasure it was to host our first event since February.  Our group of 30 socially distanced guests arrived for a party and what a back-drop we gave them!

Things have changed since we last saw you.  There are a whole bunch of rules. Guestlist, check.  Name badge, check.  Heat test, check!  Coats yes, but it’s a rack and the staff aren’t allowed to touch your things.  Kiss Barbara, no.  Kiss Lou, no.  Elbow bump, yes.  Touch anyone, by mistake, no.  Pick up a welcome drink, yes, choose from five tasting tables for a bumper wine tasting lasting two hours, hell yes!

28:50, the luxurious Covent Garden space and sister restaurant to the well-established Marylebone Lane restaurant of the same name. Some thirty wines are available by the glass, bottle and carafe and start at a very wallet-friendly £4.70 for 125ml all served alongside a chic European menu.

28:50’s sommelier Daniel Sanna and the group’s super star Gina Lowen assembled the stars of his wine list and we were treated to tasting tables including:

Kingscote (East Grinstead)/Berne (Provence)

Kingscote Sparkling Brut 2018, Kingscote Sparkling Rosé Brut 2018, Kingscote Chardonnay 2019, Kingscote Silvan Bacchus 2019, Berne Inspiration Berne Espirit Méditerranée

Champagnes & Chateaux

Champagne Canard Duchene Cuvée Leonie N.V and Champagne Canard Duchene Cuvee Leonie Rose.

Château de Candie, Viognier

2019 Vintage, 28:50s own Vineyards at the Chateau de Candie in Chambéry, Savoie, France.

Friarwood

2016 Domaine des Masque, Syrah ‘Exception’

Marvellous Mirabeau

And lastly, our friends Peter, Natalie and Richard from Mirabeau showed up with a show-stopper of a table full of tasting treats including magnums of Mirabeau Pure, Mirabeau Sparkling rose and a tasty drink for those on the move (or perhaps the train or Uber home) rose in a can!

We were treated to what seemed like a never-ending flow of delicious canapes from Head Chef Julien Baris, including mini cheeseburgers, spicy hummus on beetroot crackers, truffle arancini and decadent artichoke tempura with aioli sauce.

The night ended on a high and us all wishing we could have stayed on and on.  As good nights roll this has got to be one of the best!

 

 

 

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A lovely time in the Vines

Mirabeau brought some Southern French fun into our homes and gardens with a very special virtual rosé experience. It was lovely seeing you, chairs pulled up, glass of the pink poured, and joining us for an entertaining hour.

Stephen and Jeany Cronk, founders of Mirabeau en Provence, were live from Domain Mirabeau, their sumptuous wine estate tucked away in the heart of Provence. With their good-humoured story about the ups and downs and process of establishing the UK’s most popular rosé brand it was a welcome break from the Lockdown blues.

 

GinFizz

Mirabeau Rosé Gin Fizz

Mirabeau Rosé Gin Fizz
From www.mirabeauwine.com

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS
50ml Mirabeau Rosé gin
15ml lemon juice
2 tsp sugar syrup
Mirabeau La Folie sparkling rosé
Lemon slices & rosemary
Ice cubes

METHOD

1. Pour the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker and fill up
with ice cubes.

2. Shake well until the outside of the shaker feels cold then strain into two
glasses filled with more ice.

3. Top up with Mirabeau La Folie sparkling rosé.
Garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of fresh rosemary.

4. Sending you warm wishes from Provence and enjoy!

Jeany and Stephen x

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Podcast – “Divorce Needn’t be Complicated”

While in Covid-lockdown, Rendezvous chatted to The Divorce Surgery. If you or someone close to you needs advice on divorcing the considerate way, read on.

The Divorce Surgery was set up by Samantha Woodham and Harry Gates both family law barristers who were tired of seeing couples fighting in court; left at the end much poorer, emotionally, and financially.

When it comes to divorce it is an emotional roller coaster. One moment you will perceive ‘I’ve got this’ only to feel upside down and have no idea where to turn moments later. The challenge is often not knowing where to begin. Divorce remains shrouded in stigma; associated with acrimony, stress, and huge legal fees. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you do want legal advice but are anxious about cost then consider using a fixed-fee, One Couple One Lawyer service. The Divorce Surgery can direct the disclosure process and provide an expert barrister to advise you both together as to what a court would consider fair.

 

Listen to Rendezvous talking to The Divorce Surgery

podcast

 

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Latest Ideas for an Outdoor Date!

With summer on our doorstep and sunshine in the sky, it’s the perfect setting for an outdoor date! Check out our recommendations for London enjoying fresh air romance in natural settings.

The rules around being outside and with whom are changing every week, so we always recommend that you follow any protocols that are advised. That said with summer on our doorstep and sunshine in the sky, it’s really ideal for an outdoor date. Here are our recommendations in London for enjoying inspiring fresh air romance in natural settings. Perfect for walking and talking without anything but the view to distract you.

 

London

The Royal Parks in London are the most accessible by foot or bicycle so you can avoid travelling on public transport. You may also want to try Wheely for car transport as they have strict protocols around cleaning of vehicle interiors and drivers wearing masks. Regents Park is glorious and the perfect time to visit the rose garden. St James Park and Green Park come with Royal views of Buckingham Palace and Spencer House, as well lots of ducks, swans and geese to feed. Hyde Park offers the opportunity to venture off the pathways and into the longer grass and under the trees that leave you feeling like you’re in the middle of the countryside. Pack a picnic, water or wine for a lazy afternoon as an outdoor date. Top tip: go super early and pick up a croissant and coffee.

 

Country walks are now allowed, and if you have a car to drive out all the better. If not rent one for 24 hours to give you the freedom. Government guidance says “day trips to outdoor open spaces, in a private vehicle, are permitted’. If you love Winnie the Pooh, then it’s time you visited the spaces that inspired his stories. Ashdown Forest is not far out of London and here is a guide to making the walk.

 

If you need fresh sea air then the South Downs Way offer spectacular views and plenty of space to feel free for your outdoor date. The Thames outside London offers some of the most beautiful riverside walks within proximity of the capital. Goring Gap and the Riverside Path are a perfect place to experience the beauty.

 

Mid evening walks are great while it’s light so late, and also when you don’t have to dodge so many people out and about. Pack a bottle of champagne and glasses for a stroll along the Embankment – a lovely spot as the sun goes down and the lights on the Battersea Bridge begin to twinkle like a diamante necklace. Walk down Old Church Street in Chelsea to the garden at the end for moments of quiet contemplation.

 

Slowly and surely the opportunity to interact and venture out is resuming. Whatever you do, be safe and careful, always following the guidance, and before long, we’ll be sharing our top tips on places open for you to dine and clink glasses like we used to.