wine wars – Hassocks decides – and the winners are…

Well you can’t get much closer than that

after six months of serious thought, gargling, spitting and swallowing it all came down to Julias poorly tooth!! On finals night 27 tasters did their best impressions of Keith Floyd meeting Oz Clark in a late night bar to declare Australia victorious over Germany by a mere 2 points. At this point I must thank the 60 plus different people who participated in this most excellent affair over the last half year, and invite them and any others who like a little challenge to next years series of Wine tasting events which will give different countries the chance to showcase their talents even more.

However we start 2015 with a slightly different challenge not just to the taste buds but to some of our favourite local wine merchants and cellar men and women – keep your diaries free for Saturday 31 January , the best is yet to come.

This coming month at the Purple Carrot we have a couple of things coming up that may float your boat, apart from a glut of Christmas meals and functions – we do still have some evenings free if you’re a last minute organiser!

Friday 19th December – 7.30pm for 8pm start
Pop Quiz – the truly festive edition
Despite being dumped from a great height by our resident quiz master – the not quite as popular as before he blew us out Paul – we struggle gamely on. Actually it’s likely to be really really good (I hope) and with a jackpot now nearing £100 there could be a very timely wad of cash to wave around just before the carnage that is Christmas – £4 per person, £8 with food

Monday 22nd – 7.15pm – 9.45pm
The Purple Carrot Book Symposium – This months books to check out:
Our Man in Havana – Graham Greene;
One Day – Paul Nicholls;
The fountain at the centre of the world – Rob Newman
take two (this month three!) books, choose one or both or not, discuss and critique then recommend the next – £5 includes glass of wine or tea / coffee and nibbles

Sunday 28th – 1.30pm – 3.30pm
The Purple Carrot Developing (and old crocks) Footballers Tournament – Downlands all-weather pitch once again hosts and while our friends from London remain at home chastened nay humbled by their 11(ish) aside drubbing by the noisy neighbours of Rottingdean plenty others are around to take their place. Food will again be provided after the event at the Keymer and Hassocks sports and social club in Adastra park with the opportunity to enjoy Newcastle v Everton in the 4.15 kick-off.

Wednesday 31st – 8.15pm – 1.00am
The New Year is upon us – festive soiree – bid adieu to 2014, raise a glass to 2015, eat a mince pie!
chatter and natter with some of Hassocks finest citizens as they come together to discuss the finer points of his years goings on – £12 includes midnight bubbles and nibbly nosh

Sunday 4th January – 8.45am – 3.00pm

DoGs golf – three club challenge  – On the slopes of the Downs at sunny Waterhall
Just three clubs (and a putter if you want one)
Full English Breakfast followed by 18 holes of golf with sherry and mincepies on the way round. AFterwards you’ll definitely need some steak and red wine pie to rejuvenate you once again.   £28

Monday 5th Jan – 8.00pm – 10.00pmm
The Thursday Monday Trivia Quiz – a new night for the faithful quizzers
Now on the first Monday of each month the trivia quiz looks to attract a couple more people to give our resident champions a run for their money, and a bit of competition. go on you know you want to – £2.50


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