Following some very helpful feedback from all of you, we have been spending a lot of time over the past few months adjusting our recipes so that they are all more fruity and less sweet. We have reduced the sugar we add by around a quarter. It was these recipes that we entered into the Great Taste Awards this year with the intention of getting feedback BEFORE going into full production. We hope to have our whole range available in these new recipes before the end of the year so that you can indulge yourself in time for Christmas!
Here is a little video that BBC Radio 2's resident food expert, Nigel Barden, has made about the Golden Raspberry and Apache Chilli Vinegar:
With remarks from the judges such as those below, it seems we are thinking along the right lines!
Golden Raspberry & Apache Chilli Vinegar won Gold***
Top 50 Foods
The Nigel Barden Heritage Award
Golden Fork Award
clear vinegar aroma of both raspberry and chilli. Good sweetness level. A
perfect balance of raspberry and chilli allowing the the vinegar flavour to
come through as well."
vinegar has a wonderful aroma. You can smell the raspberries and chilli. The vinegar
is light in colour. This vinegar has a wonderful flavour. The raspberry is on
the front of the palate followed by the warmth of the chilli which is gentle
but builds nicely. We loved this product..."
Raspberry Vinegar won Gold***
beautiful coloured vinegar with a lovely clarity. The raspberry aroma is
incredible. The raspberry flavour and sweetness come through beautifully at the
front of the palate before the acidity of the vinegar kicks in. The balance of
this vinegar between sweetness and acidity is just perfect. The judges were all
very excited about this product."
Orange & Mace won Gold*
like this - good balance of acidity from the vinegar and a freshness from the
orange. The mace nips in at the finish in a very pleasant way."
We are on a much needed holiday until 24th August but there are lots of
exciting things happening soon: keep a look out for the results of this
year's Great Taste Awards on 11th August...
Please send any orders to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be fulfilled in the last week of August.
Finally, we will be launching our online shop in September: AT LAST!
Yes indeed, after four years of being based jointly at Womersley in Yorkshire and the Cotswolds, we will be based solely in Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds from January.
The reasons are set out below:
News from Rupert Parsons - owner of Womersley
Fruit & Herb Vinegars
Change of supplier
At the end of August, our production
partner suddenly experienced insurmountable problems resulting in the immediate
closure of their premises.
I am sure you will understand that the past few weeks have been very
stressful for all of us at Womersley as we have strived to find solutions to
the inevitable challenges arising. Fortunately we have already found a highly
reputable production partner based in the South West of England. They have now started making our special fruit and herb vinegars by
hand. We are very fortunate to find a supplier who already produces some of the UK’s leading food brands and
has an excellent, longstanding reputation for high quality and reliability. The
initial batches already taste better than ever!
our 5 most popular vinegars are back in full production and
the remainder of the range will be produced from January.
With the totally unexpected need to move production to the South West, I
have made the inevitable decision to manage Womersley from my office in the
Cotswolds with effect from 8th January 2014. Our Yorkshire office will remain open until the close of business for the
Christmas/New Year break on Friday 20th December.
We are looking forward to carrying on the family
business from our home in the New Year. We are proud of the work that Wendy and Sue have done
to help us build on our Yorkshire heritage and our new location will help us to
spread the word about Womersley vinegars outside Yorkshire even more
The future is bright
We are determined to turn adversity into advantage for everyone involved
with Womersley. We are making further improvements to our already
superb quality and consistency standards and we have an exciting new product development
programme for 2014. We are also looking forward to providing recipe cards and a much
better website to help you get the best from your favourite fruit vinegars.
If you would like to know any more
about our plans or have any questions, please use our new contact details, below:
Womersley Fruit & Herb Vinegars
Ltd, 37 Park Road, Chipping Norton OX7 5PA
Tomorrow, we will be featured in the Telegraph Magazine! The Blackberry harvest has been good this year and the Telegraph are showing a small family business who use blackberries for such a delicious vinegar.
The online version is already available on the Telegraph site if you would like to have a read. The photographer came to take pictures of me in my home town of Chipping Norton and used one of me in front of the Soda deli for the article, my local Womersley stockist.
We have a few great online shops if this article inspires you enough to want to buy a bottle and you will find those on our Where to Buy page. We also have over 400 outlets around the UK and you can find your nearest using the map on our website. From next Spring, we hope to have our own online shop. Do sign up to our Newsletter if you would like to be kept in touch with the timing for that.
Lastly, do rest assured that, unlike the wording in the article, we don't just "chuck all the ingredients into a bucket," we put them in very carefully...
It is that time of year again, when we brave the Autumn weather to see you all at two of the best food festivals. Next weekend is the very popular Abergavenny Food Festival and then, on Saturday 28th, it is Thame Food Festival. See you there, all fruity and vinegared!