We were delighted to play host last Saturday to our good friend and frequent collaborator the artist David Chandler - whose work you may recognise from our seasonal offer leaflets and new ‘own label’ wines. David tutors a group of urban sketchers of various ages and denominations who all share a passion for drawing the built environment.


Urban sketchers - Yapp wines, Mere


He thought that they might enjoy visiting our premises in Mere with our fountain, antique wine presses, industrial chimney and old French vehicles giving a rich source of pictorial material. Despite chilly conditions there was a good turn out and an upbeat atmosphere amongst the draughts-men and women.


Urban sketchers - Yapp HQ


As several of the group were making their first ever visits to Yapp HQ I thought it churlish not to conduct a quick tasting of some of my favourite wines just before lunchtime and I think the sketchers were grateful of the opportunity to warm up in our boardroom. Our Vouvray Mousseux Brut proved a restorative crowd-pleaser and our Saint-Chinian ‘Cuvée Magali’ 2012, described by Matthew Jukes in ‘Money Week’ as ‘the definitive all-purpose winter red’, definitely brought some colour to their cheeks. We rounded off with a rich, honeyed Jurançon Mœlleux 2012 from Domaine Bellegarde which was very well-received by David and his team several of whom headed over to our shop to buy some bottles.


Urban sketchers - wine tasting


The fringe benefit of a most enjoyable day is a terrific collection of new artwork looking at our premises with fresh eyes and a wonderful variety of styles.


Urban sketchers - Yapp Brothers Old Brewery


If you fancy putting pencil to paper and want to find out more about David’s courses then do visit his website: http://www.davidchandler.net/


Urban sketchers - David Chandler