Breaking news from The Accomplice, the UK’s new social media-friendly wine
The Bilbul Winery in New South Wales is missing two more bottles of its new wine brand The Accomplice – bottle numbers 9802 and 5135 to be precise.
The cheeky little upstarts just couldn’t wait till their parole in May when the official UK launch was due to take place. On Sunday they were seen rolling out of a taxi in Topsham High Street, Devon, following their escape from producer CV Wines Farm on Thursday.
Jim Kingston captures a pair of accomplices outside his wine store on Topsham High Street
After being captured by Topsham Wines retailer Jim Kingston, the two grape varietals gave him what for and warned him that more of their gang was following on.
But Kingston, who donned dark shades and a beanie hat to surprise the pair in Topsham High Street, warned them that he already knew – because Topsham Wines is the first independent retailer to order The Accomplice.
Topsham Wines: the first UK wine retailer to stock The Accomplice and Jim Kingston’s keeping the blonde and red-head close to his chest
And Kingston wasn’t disappointed. He found the Chardonnay to be a cheeky, honeyed blonde bursting with fruit in all the right places, while the Shiraz is a rather plum little chappie with a piquant of pepper.
The Accomplice claims to be the new partner in wine for the UK – a cult new brand for consumers and a point of difference for independent retailers.
“The Accomplice has a tongue-in-cheek appeal but it’s the wine in the bottle that stacks up – and at £5.99 [RRP] the wine offers good value. To buy a straight Chardonnay or Shiraz from France would set you back more than this and may not deliver. So they are very good value,” says Kingston.
Jim Kingston stows away the stowaways, his new Aussie escape artists from the Bilbul Winery
Topsham Wines eagerly waits till May for its first delivery of The Accomplice – the new social media-friendly wine for the UK. But Kingston says that his two Aussie escapees will be locked up in his store until the rest of their gang arrives.
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Notes about The Accomplice
Independent wine retailer Jim Kingston from Topsham Wines says: “The Accomplice will definitely appeal to those in their early twenties and thirties, and those that like to think they are still in that age group.”
Kingston’s tasting note for Chardonnay
“The Accomplice Chardonnay has a citrus nose and a clean, slightly buttery palate that is checked with fresh acidity. For food pairing I would definitely bring a few bottles onto the fishing boat – it would go down a treat with sushi of mackerel with wasabi. We’ve seen Rick Stein do it on telly.”
Kingston’s tasting note for Shiraz
“The Accomplice Shiraz is so soft and easy, you can take it anywhere – I’d even have that on the boat, too, but really it’s a BBQ wine.”
Who would Kingston choose to be his real life ‘partner in wine’ to share a bottle of The Accomplice with?
“Famous wine writer and cricket broadcaster John Arlott or actress Salma Hayek. Google her and you’ll see why.”