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A quick note about our recent day out at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury show with our friends, Natural High Safaris (www.naturalhighsafaris.com). As you can see from the photos, the new-style layout looked fantastic and we received many comments on how cosy and inviting the “Bedouin-style” scene was looking. One customer commented that all we needed was a herd of grazing wildebeest outside (we’ll see what we can do next year!) but it turned out to be an ideal place to shelter from the afternoon’s rain!

Yapp Brothers tent - Gillingham and Shaftsbury show

The wines on tasting were the Saint Pourcain Blanc 2009, a perennial staff favourite and ideal for most occasions; the ever-reliable Domaine Millet Rosé 2010, light, fruity and a refreshing 11.5%ABV; and the red Saumur Chateau Fouquet 2010 – an elegant cabernet franc from Domaine Filliatreau which has already garnered plaudits from Victoria Moore in The Telegraph (see press page for details). By the way, it is currently reduced to £10.50 as one of my August Wines of the Month and it delights on a warm day after a few minutes chilling in the fridge – just add sunshine!

Jonathan serving at the Yapp bar

The Yapp ‘Bar’ was manned by myself and Jonathan (pictured) who normally spends his days selling to London restaurants but was enjoying a day out in the countryside! As ever, it was a great chance to meet (old and new) customers in a relaxed (African themed!) environment. Now picture yourself, on safari (with Natural High, of course) gazing over the savannah at a stunning sunset, caressed by a gentle warm breeze carrying the camp-fire scents of outdoor cooking, with a glass of cool Loire red.....perfect!

Yapp Brothers and Natural High Safaris