decisions and later some turn out to be either really bad and others seem to be truly inspired!

When we first opened our little shop on Station Street in Cockermouth, we virtually had to buy all our stock with blind faith. Our ethos was based on small producers, as many local as we could get and products that had a story to tell.

We attended trade shows and tastings up and down the country and invited producers to Cockermouth to get a feel for our business.

sheep farm and a local landmark used by the high country musterers.


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Fiona Turner

Her success has been legendary. Tinpot wines now feature on Gordon Ramsay’s wine lists, Jamie Oliver, the Savoy Grill, Bob Bob Ricard, Selfridges – I can go on. Her Sauvignon Blanc is truly stunning!

Hamish Turner

Wine has always had a massive part to play in our business life and we found labels then that we still stock nine years later. Fiona Turner and her husband Hamish operate a winery in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. It’s only small, no more than 50 acres, in a region called Blind River, known as the Home Block. They make wine from 9 different grape varieties and they were one of the first on our shelves!

They called their wine Tinpot Hut, after the old mustering shed which was part of a large

“Our Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has signature blackcurrant, lemongrass and fresh thyme flavours with a distinctive mineral palate.” That’s the typically modest tasting note that Fiona and Hamish publish. It is a bit of an understatement. This year they have been awarded 98 points by Decanter Magazine rated ‘Exceptional’, coming top out of 93 other New Zealand Sauvignons, making theirs definitely the best in New Zealand!

The cynics among us will think there must have been a few nods and winks, a few crafty handshakes to get this sort of result. But no – all were tasted blind, by a panel of judges who had no idea which was which! Turned out to be one of our inspired decisions!

Nick Shill 11 South Street, Cockermouth, CA13 9RU

COCKERMOUTH MARKET NEWS There’s nothing quite like homemade cake! Do you like baking?

Would you like to join our baking team and bake on a regular basis? We are recruiting because we’ve more customer demand than we can cope with!

Please pop in on a Friday morning to talk to one of the bakers to find out more, or email us on

Last few Fridays of the summer holidays! Bring your child to the Market to have a go on our crafts-table between 10.00am and 11.00am while you have a cuppa.

Advance notice for Post readers: We are planning a competition in September, to win a hamper of our goodies, which will run on Facebook. Visit for details in early September.


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It hasn’t been a classic summer. Even if we end up with a decent couple of weeks towards the end, it has been a little bit damp. That can be a mixed blessing if you own a business. You never can quite tell what the weather will mean for how busy you are going to be on any particular day. It can be a lottery at times. Some sunny days can mean it being extra busy. Other sunny days can mean it goes a little quiet. A rainy day may mean people spend a little longer in bed or, in contrast, look for somewhere to shelter.

The Lakes always look good, no matter what the weather. When the weather is inclement, you can have the fells to yourself. I don’t mind walking in the rain so I’ve often been there by myself, just enjoying the feeling of being out there. So you don’t get the views but you do get that sense of freedom and release.

August merges into September. School starts again, college kids go off to university and as regular as clockwork, Taste Cumbria WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK

lands in Cockermouth. Last year, it was a little bit windy on the Saturday morning and the marquees were a little unsteady. It’s amazing what the swirling gusts can do to things on Main Street. Thankfully, it all calmed down and we were able to kick things off on time. Hopefully, this September, the weather will be good for both the Saturday and the Sunday. It makes a difference. A bit of sunshine really brings out the crowds. There’s always lots to see and do and this year there are one or two new surprises. The festival is always changing, getting bigger and better as each year passes. Hope you’re looking forward to it as much as I am.

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