Sponsors Evening

Cheese and Wine Masterclass proves popular with LBA Sponsors and Supporters

The Leamington Business Awards can only run thanks to the support that it receives from local businesses who donate money, time and expertise to help make the event such a success.

To say thank you, the sponsors and supporters of The Leamington Business Awards were invited by award organisers, Harrison Beale & Owen, to The Leamington Wine Company for an evening of networking, wonderful wines and award winning cheeses.

Our Not for Profit Excellence award sponsor, Aubrey Allen, took us through five moreish cheeses – all of which had recently won categories at the British Cheese Awards – explaining their origin and their unique qualities. The team at The Leamington Wine Company, who won Independent Business of the Year in 2017, suggested the ideal wine pairing for each cheese, giving attendees the chance to try the different combinations.

The Leamington Business Awards is proudly sponsored by the following local organisations: The Box Factory, Aubrey Allen, Bellagio Stone, Withers & Rogers, Stagecoach, Warwick District Council, The Royal Priors, Trelawny, IAPS, Lodders, BID Leamington, Bravissimo, Istead and KMS Litho.

Award supporters, including Catherine Martin Communications, Business Success Magazine, North Leamington School and Dave Sharp also attended, along with a representative from The Assembly, our new venue for the 2018 awards ceremony. Our chosen charities, Springfield Mind and The Ups of Downs, also had the opportunity to meet the businesses involved in helping support their causes.

The perfectly matched wines are cheeses are listed below:

Cheese 1 – Sheep Rustler

Wine Paired – Rablais Sauvignon Blanc – Touraine France £10.99

A dry fresh crisp exuberant Sauvignon Blanc the acidity balances with the acidity of the Rustler with good minerality , citrus and green apple.

Cheese 2 – Flower Marie Cheese

Wine Paired – Lopez de Haro Rioja – Crianza Spain £10.99

A medium to full- bodied red wine with hints of redcurrants, plums and cherries with earthy notes and hints of vanilla cream.

Cheese 3 – Westcombe Cheddar

Wine Paired – Wolf Trap Red- South Africa £9.99

Showing pepper and spice from the syrah together with mouvedre showing backbone and a kiss of viognier to lighten the blend.

Cheese 4 – Rollright

Wine Paired #1 – Tapiz Malbec – Mendoza, Argentina £12.99

Showing black cherries, plums, vanilla and chocolate notes

Wine Paired #2 – Plan de Dieu Sablet – Rhone Valley- France £11.99

A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault & Carignan a medium weight style with peppery, meaty and fruity notes.

Cheese 5 – Colston Bassett Stilton

Churchills Reserve Port £15.49

Salty verses sweet with fresh blueberries and blackberries together with a hint of savoury ie cinnamon and cloves.

To read more about our fabulous sponsors, read their profiles here or visit our news and features page to read their blogs.

Entries are open and the deadline has been extended until midnight on 9th July giving you a little extra time to craft your entry. For more information or to enter the awards, visit www.leamingtonbusinessawards.co.uk.

*All cheeses are available from Aubrey Allen (108 Warwick St, Leamington Spa CV32 4QP) and the wines can be purchased from the Leamington Wine Company (99 Warwick St, Leamington Spa CV32 4RJ). All subject to availability.