The past month has seen a major change for Caviste Overton. We have dreamed of giving our flagship shop a refit for over a year, and this month we were finally able to put our plans into action, and not only that, introduce a new concept we think is unique in Hampshire, but more on that later.
New Paintwork and 21st Century Lighting
The first change anyone will notice is to the paint work, which has had a major over haul. We have back lit the shelves and improved the ceiling lighting, finally getting rid of the ‘70s down lighters and Artex ceiling which has been a bit of an eyesore of late. I would like to thank Laura Hazell for her work in creating this new and atmospheric look.
Pictures of our Beloved Producers
A good part of Caviste’s identity is formed by the producers we work with. It is great to now have pictures of many of them, and their various vineyards, wineries, quirky beards and other images on our gallery wall. This is a step to showcasing the amazing people we work with, who don’t necessarily get into the national press but have a valid and truly authentic story to tell. On the opposite side of the shop we are building a collection of wine art, posters and promotional material that basically looks cool. If you have any you want to share with the world please bring it along and we will see if we can find a spot.
Fine Wines & ‘Magnum’ Corner
We have spent a lot if time reworking the fine wine area. It has always concerned me that we have so much amazing wine but it is trapped in racks getting dusty, and when they are pulled out for an admiring glance, the labels get scuffed. So now we have the wines on shelves, lying at an angle adequate to keep the corks wet, but enough to make sure you can see the label. We will keep a bottle of each wine on the rack and the rest of the stock in storage racks should you want to buy more than a bottle. We have also transplanted the Champagne, Magnums, Cognacs and Whiskies too. We have also erected a very ‘recycled’ tasting bench from old wine boxes and the old Stockbridge counter.
Where’s the Counter gone?
The counter area has changed too, allowing us better access to the rear of the shop where we can offer free parking to our customers, as well as a speedier response time for those coming into the shop and requiring help. The effect of all these changes has been to open up the space and I hope create a more atmospheric and engaging place to come and buy wine. But it has also allowed us to set up our brand new project, which frankly has been the most exciting aspect of the refit (apart, perhaps, from getting rid of the Artex ceiling).
Local Produce for Caviste Foodies
I have long been passionate about food. It is in my DNA and I am particularly passionate about the provenance, the production and the passion behind food. I am fortunate that the team at Caviste share this passion too, so we will now be serving Hampshire Tapas, born raised and produced in the county throughout our opening hours. The food on offer will be simple, slices of Pork Pie, quiche and Terrines, a handful of Cheeses, including Laverstoke Mozzarella and Tunworths ‘Brie’, dried meats from various friends, Scotch Eggs from Newlyn’s, and lots of other goodies besides. We will keep things simple, but the emphasis is on local (the Olive Oil may have to be Italian, unless anyone knows a good olive oil producer in Hants). As well as this we will be offering wine by the glass, and for a small corkage, you can choose any bottle in the shop and drink it at the table. The idea is to show off as many of our producers in an environment in which they will really shine.
When is the Launch Party? Did I miss the invitation?
We will be soft launching this week and for the next couple if weeks but do please come and join us, and your feedback would be most welcome, and we will have a formal launch in October.
So, we look forward to sharing the good produce of Hampshire and glass of something delicious with you very soon, and I would like to thank the team, particularly Graham Devereux for project managing the refit, Peter Gentilli and Stafford for their hard graft and DIY, Tina Devereux for her creative input, as well as the team in general for all their hard work and commitment.
Ben Llewelyn, Managing Director