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The Whole Hog - May 2021

Red wine at a romantic dinner

Hooray for May 17th - Are You Ready!!

Our May Newsletter has been deliberately delayed to coincide with the Prime Minister’s confirmation yesterday (10th May) that from next Monday (May 17th) we can all go bonkers….

OK, maybe we shouldn’t go bonkers, but finally we can hug in public, indoor hospitality is back, weddings can grow in size and much more. This is great news for all of us, but especially great news for all those businesses and employees that rely on our spending to help them survive and earn a living.

So, the message I think is clear. Without going bonkers, let’s all do our bit to support the many thousands of businesses up and down the country, indeed the United Kingdom, that really do need our help.

Let’s not forget, in 2020 over 10,000 pubs, bars and restaurants permanently closed as a result of Covid. Whatever we can all do collectively to stop that trend is vital for our economy, the future of our hospitality industry (of which we are rightly very proud) and for the financial and mental wellbeing of the many tens of thousands of hard-working hospitality employees.

I for one am certainly doing my bit!

Lunch reservations on the 17th, 18th, and 19th – business meetings of course – will help get the ball rolling.

Wild Boar also has three tremendous private dinners booked on the 25th, 26th, and 27th May at Dukes Hotel, with enquiries for In-Person events coming thick and fast. All of this is excellent news for the industry, and I would like to personally thank each and every one of our clients for this tremendous support.

So, whether you are thinking of a surprise birthday dinner, an upmarket wine tasting and quiz, a corporate team meeting or entertaining clients, please think about how you can turn this opportunity into an event that will support the industry.

Wild Boar would be delighted to help you. We are partnering with many chefs, restaurants, venues, and hotels – whatever your budget or your event, let’s discuss how we can make this a truly memorable experience.

Our £50/couple Virtual Wine Tastings on April 22nd and May 6th proved to be great evenings of fun, frivolity, excellent wine and stimulating conversation. Those guests that joined will certainly be back for more, four delicious wines, yummy cheeses and yours truly as host – what more could you want for £50!!

We have more of these planned, and we still have spaces available on the 20th May – give me a call or drop me an email if you are interested.

In closing, I urge you all to do our bit for the hospitality industry, starting May 17th – let’s book tables, invite friends and colleagues, and get ready to go just a little bit bonkers!


David Alexander


Wines of the Month

Every month we will bring you as many as four fantastic wine deals – wines we have selected for their quality and variety.

These wines are discounted for our Wine Club members – we guarantee that you will not be able to buy these wines anywhere else without having to go deeper in your pocket. (Any price comparisons are correct at time of writing).

Here are four beauties for your consideration….

White Wines

CVNE Contino Rioja Blanco 2017

A really delicious white Rioja from Spain’s first single vineyard.

£98.40/case of six vs. Vinum: £136.50

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018

Chenin is what they do best and this is their top wine.

£105/case of six vs. Vinum: £123

Red Wines

Louis Jadot Savigny Les Beaune Les Vergelesses 2016

Representing some of the best value to be found in Burgundy right now. Fruit in spades!

£165/case of six vs. Wine Direct: £190.98

CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 2007 (Magnum)

An absolutely stunning aged Gran Reserva rioja drinking beautifully. So elegant!

£264/case of three magnums vs. Warwick Banks & Jenkins: £300


Monthly Member Offers

This month we have gone nuts!

Selection of jars of nuts

That’s right, we are offering possibly the best nuts around, the same nuts served in the cocktail bar at Claridge’s Hotel in London no less!

Our nut partner, Cambrook Nuts, are the company behind one of the success stories of the nut and savoury snack world.

They have recently released two Gift Sets which we are delighted to offer at a special price for our customers:

Double Gift Set

  • Baked Truffle Nuts, 175g: Almonds, cashews, macadamias, pecans, baked and seasoned with a distinctive aromatic black truffle and sea salt.

  • Hickory Smoke Seasoned Almonds and Cashews, 180g: Baked almonds and cashews tumbled in a seasoning derived from the smoking of hickory wood.

Triple Gift Set

  • Baked Cashews and Peanuts with Chili and Lime, 170g: Seasoned with their unique recipe of chili and lime for a spice and freshness to brighten your day.

  • Cocktail Mix 6, 170g: A unique and fantastic mix of flavours, combining salted cashews and macadamias, chili battered peanuts, smoked almonds and caramelised sesame peanuts. Served at Claridge’s!

  • Cocktail Mix №2, 175g: An expertly baked & salted traditional mix of nuts (cashews, almonds, macadamias, pistachios, pecans) as served at some of London’s best known cocktail bars.

For customers looking to order two of each Gift Sets (with an RRP of £65) – Wild Boar will send you these for a total of £55 – saving £10 and delivered to your door!

With the 17th May fast approaching, now is the time to Go Nuts!


Wines Around the World

The BBC reports a bottle of French wine that orbited the Earth for more than a year has been put up for sale at Christie's, with an estimated sale price of £720,000.

The bottle of Pétrus was aged in space for more than 400 days, after Space Cargo Unlimited sent 12 bottles to the International Space Station in November 2019. The co-founder and CEO of Space Cargo Unlimited, Nicolas Gaume, said that they aimed to "help invent the agriculture and food we need for tomorrow on Earth" by examining the effects of zero-gravity.

Read more at the BBC


Wild Boar Events - Update

A wonderful time was had by a small but select crowd on the evenings of the 22nd April and the 6th May when Wild Boar hosted the first two of our £50/household Virtual Wine Tastings.

A quiz was included, congratulations to our two winners who both received a bottle of Imperial Reserva Rioja 2016 compliments of Wild Boar.

Cheese, wine, sliced baguette and charcuterie

Our Private Dinner Wine Tasting at Dukes Hotel on the 25th May remains available. Five guests plus our Wild Boar host, this promises to be a wonderful evening including a specially designed four course dinner with wines to match, full details are available on the website.

To reserve the evening of the 25th May please email David,

“I shall drink no wine before it's time! Ok, it's time" – Groucho Marx.

Wild Boar & Friends

Introducing Duke's Hotel, Mayfair - Our Partner in Fine Wine Events

Pretty London hotel entrance

Nestled in the heart of historic St. James’s Mayfair, Dukes London is a sophisticated, luxury hotel where you will arrive as a guest and leave as a friend.

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the Dukes team to offer our customers bespoke In-Person Wine Dinners & Tastings. Head Chef Nigel Mendham crafts exclusive menus to accompany the informal wine 'masterclass' hosted by our Founder, David. As the evening comes to end, you can even take advantage of Wild Boar's very favourable corporate rate and enjoy one of their cosy rooms.

Follow Duke's Hotel at @dukeslondon or visit their website for more information!


May Members Survey

Every month we conduct a survey to help us better understand our Members’ likes and dislikes, so we can better serve you.

It takes less than 60 seconds to complete and there’s a prize draw every month, take part and you’re in the draw to win a delicious half-bottle of Robert Oatley Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2018.



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