How can you participate in Global Wellness Day?

Join in the celebrations on Saturday 11th June 2016 along with spas, other organizations and their consumers in 83 countries across 7 continents.

How to participate?

  • Any spa, organization or company with a wellness philosophy can participate by organizing an event on this day without any charge.
  • Global Wellness Day’s goal is to create awareness and to motivate people to lead a healthy lifestyle, kick starting them to making lasting changes that will impact their wellbeing 365 days a year.
  • Global Wellness Day cannot become a commercial event and this is a non-profit organization.
  • The event must be free of charge to consumers.
  • Use of all logos and materials must be those of the official organization and must meet corporate identity standards and guidelines.
  • Event organizers can take advantage of sponsorship opportunities in order to meet the costs from promoting Global Wellness Day all year round.
  • Publicity is positively encouraged.

It’s as easy as that!  All you have to do is “Say Yes”.

For more information, visit www.globalwellnessday.org or for advice as to how you can make the most of this opportunity, contact me at Spa Partners catherinewhittle@spapartners.co.uk.

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A visit to the haunted Silent Pool Gin Distillery

According to the Wine & Spirit Association, gin sales in the UK have grown by 35% since 2010 and are set to hit the £1 billion mark next year.  The fascinating book I have been reading   ‘Gin Glorious Gin’  written by Olivia Williams tells us about the history of gin and what she refers to as the ‘Ginaissance‘ and it was this which inspired me visit to my local gin distillery last week – Silent Pool in the beautiful Surrey Hills.

The British have been drinking gin for 300 years and if you are lover of gin as I am, you will be familiar with the traditional names in gin – Gordons, Beefeater, Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray and last summer, you probably enjoyed a Hendricks and tonic with a slice of cucumber along with many of the new, younger fans of the spirit.  Apparently, Gordons still supply around 50% of our gin but unbelievably, it was only in 2009 that Sipsmith became the first new-wave distiller to set up shop in London so it has only been in the last 7 years, that we have seen so many newcomers and artisan gin distillers, such as Silent Pool come onto the scene.

The Silent Pool Gin Distillery started up in 2014 and was created by a small team of business people and industry specialists – including American gin expert Cory Mason.  Cory carried out a huge amount of research before coming up with the complex formula for their gin containing everything from black juniper imported from Bosnia to chamomile grown locally on the land around Silent Pool to kaffir lime leaves which are specially grown in Essex.  Something like 24 botanicals in total are steeped in alcohol for around 24 hours to draw the oils out and then the liquid is heated and pumped through a beautiful a series of beautiful copper distillation tanks and then finally, water from the silent pool is added to produce each batch of gin (around 400 bottles).

I love the design of the bottle and @ 43% proof, Silent Pool gin is stronger than other gins however, it goes perfectly in a tall glass with Fevertree tonic and a slice of lime.  I have been impressed at how quickly the gin has become available in my local wine bars, restaurants and wine merchants and Majestic tell me that they will soon be selling it all over the country.

Oh and the ghost!  Yes, legend has it that Silent Pool is haunted by the ghost of a woodcutters daughter who drowned along with the hat of a local nobleman.

Not surprising no one wants to work the late shift!

Silent Pool gin us available on line at Silent Pool and in merchants throughout Surrey and will soon be available at Majestic.  Olivier Williams book Gin Glorious Gin available at Amazon.

Let me know what you think and what is your favourite gin cocktail?

My new best friend Nathalie….

Whilst searching for a suitable wine to serve up to my wine connoisseur friend Nathalie this weekend, I stumbled upon this superb Sauvignon Blanc called believe it or not ‘Nathalie’ – even though as a rule, I don’t do Sauvignon Blanc……

So meet my new friend Nathalie….from Reuilly in the Loire Valley.

She is classic of the Loire Valley with a well balanced blend of gooseberry and lime but the bit that impressed me was the subtle after taste of honey – so not expected but sooo delicious.

Recommended as an aperitif and only 12.5% – I will definitely be drinking this chilled over the summer.  I challenge you not to like it.

Just £9.99 from Majestic.   (Although it doesn’t appear to be on their website, I am sure they will do you a deal for 6)

 

Martisor Pinot Grigio – 25% off at Waitrose

Martisor is an ancient Romanian tradition celebrating the beginning of Spring.  It’s believed that the wearer of the talisman will be strong and healthy for the year ahead’.

Tempted by this timely and appropriate quote written on the label, this is one of six wines I selected from Waitrose this week with 25% off.

Nothing like an Italian Pinot Grigio, the wine is described as ‘light and crisp with delicate aromas.  On the palate, bright lemon and lime flavours which balance beautifully with a deliciously vibrant and refreshing finish’.  I definitely got apples and would go as far to say, it you like the taste of apples/apple juice, you should give this one a try.

At just over £5.00 a bottle and only 12% alcohol – it’s definitely one for your Spring shopping list!

Anyone tried it yet?