Forrest Wines, Adnams and The Crown
a super partnership
We love our wine at The Crown and our very personal list has been vigorously tested,
all in the course of professional standards you will naturally appreciate!
Our demanding research has to include very tough lunches with inspiring winemakers such as John Forrest
and lots of sampling of his excellent New Zealand wines.
(L:R - Rob Chase, Adnams; Stephen David, Chef-Patron of The Crown; John Forrest, Forrest Wines)
On our new wine list, you will find 12 different wines from his five label strong collection - Forrest Estate, Tattybogler,
John Forrest Collection, The Doctors’ and Newton Forrest.
Our major wine merchant for The Crown, Adnams of Southwold are UK agents for John Forrest and we are delighted to have built through them a special relationship with such an outstanding winery.
Part of the spearheading team who ten years ago brought screwcaps to fine wines in Australia and New Zealand,
John has made great strides in making artificial closures as acceptable as cork at the dinner table.
Rob Chase, Adnams Fine Wine Manager, is another distinct fan of Forrest Wines and The Crown:
“I have been popping into The Crown for gentle libations for nigh on thirty years, and as long as they have John Forrest’s extraordinarily delicious wines available, I see no reason why the frequency of this habit shouldn’t continue to move up
a notch. Where else can I get such a stunning glass of affordable NZ Riesling, Sauvignon or Pinot Noir,
to match the unparallelled culinary output, emanating from The Crown’s hugely competent kitchens?”
We are lucky that John Forrest is a globe-trotting sort and has a fond friendship with the county:
“I’ve been coming here to Suffolk for almost 20 years due to our long standing relationship with Adnams as our agent
and distributor and it’s always great to catch up with old friends from the company like we did last month with Rob Chase
by having lunch at The Crown in Woodbridge.
I think I have been in to the Crown every trip since their fabulous revamp and it’s great to see how people can turn around
a place with passion ranging from the local ingredients they source, to the fully stocked wine list and the designer accommodation. I would have to say the last two times I have been the devilled lambs kidneys were the memorable choice off the menu, though it was hard to choose. Some would say they were worth coming half way around the world for,
or as I did last visit when I stole the last portion from Rob and the others we lunched with that day, much to their hilarity
and unfeigned disappointment.
In terms of wine, we have always turned up to show Steve something new from our ever-growing range of styles and regions in New Zealand, to the point now they almost sigh and say, ‘well John what have you got for us this time...’. The great thing is they always seem to appreciate the message of quality and small production from specific sites that my winemaking ethos is built on. They also say, ‘well John how are we going to fit this on the list’? So they have come up with the great plan of making a headline of 12 featured wines of ours from different parts of New Zealand and from diverse grape varieties to showcase what we do at Forrest.
One of the first things that caught my eye in the Crown was the great wine list that they had put together, obviously including some of ours but some other fantastic finds from Rob and his colleague, Alistair Marshall over the years. Now you can still try those, but why not take the chance to branch out and try a range of other Forrest wines which you may not have. Look at having Cornerstone with your kidneys, Brancott or Tattybogler Pinot Noir with your lamb or of course Sauvignon Blanc with your local seafood. Either way we hope you enjoy the new list, happy eating and drinking everyone!”