All about TFW
“Wine is bottled poetry”
Robert Louis Stevenson
TFW is a small but perfectly formed, independent, wine merchant, based in North Norfolk.
The importance of international growing and production standards are paramount in our wine selection. With minimal overheads, TFW Fine Wines can offer quality wines and good prices. Wines can be sourced from all over the world and that all important, favourite wine, can be tracked down. It is a romantic idea & it would be lovely to travel from ‘vineyard to vineyard’ but the reality of it is not justifiable so we meet the producers & growers at the professional tastings in London. For example there may be a tasting where, all the small producers from a wine region will congregate to show their wines from the vintage and that particular region for example, wines from the Rhone region in France.
We get terribly excited when we find a real ‘gem’ of a wine. Good quality, well-balanced & well-made, at a sensible price.
In our quest to find something a little different & unique. We like to know the provenance of the wine, so it is important to meet the grower or producer at the professional tastings & build up a rapport with them. By remaining independent we have total control over vintage selection. Being in this fortunate position, we are totally uncommitted to any chateaux etc & therefore not obliged to purchase inferior vintages. We aim for consistency with all of our wines and therefore many have now become the backbone of our wine list.
Tanja Wright – founder & proprietor of TFW Fine Wines.
“I studied at the WSET in London (Wine & Spirit Education Trust). One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job, is tutoring clients about wines, teaching them how to taste wines & what to look for. Seeing confidence grow with their individual palate is very satisfying. To establish a person’s palate it is very often a process of elimination to find out what they really like. This can be both exciting and challenging, in equal proportions but most importantly it is an extremely satisfying aspect of my job.
I personally undertake the tutored tastings; private group tastings; staff tastings within the working restaurant etc. I also enjoy food & wine matching for everyday drinking; special occasions; weddings; parties & other functions”.
Being a farmer’s daughter from the Norfolk/Suffolk area, the provenance of both local & seasonal food is as important to Tanja, as the provenance of the wine.
‘The Romance of the Cork’
To cork or not to cork? That is the question. Corks are hugely beneficial to wines to be aged or with longevity but for fresh, everyday, drinking wines the screw cap will suffice.