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Wright Wine Company, Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Wright Wine Co donates over £450 to Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Skipton-based wine and spirits merchant, the Wright Wine Company, have donated over £450 to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, mainly from the sales of wooden wine packaging crates to customers.

The retailer and wholesaler, whose shop has been a feature in Skipton since 1982, is traditionally known as a wine merchant, although also stocks several thousand bottles of spirits too. Their wine is delivered from all parts of the globe, with French wine in particular coming in branded wooden crates for protection.

Julian Kaye, Managing Director said;

“Some of the vineyard’s branding on the crates is quite ornate – and customers started taking a shine to them. At first we just gave them away, or used them for firewood – but we then had the idea to charge a small, nominal fee – every penny of which goes to charity.”

Customers have reportedly been using the crates as window boxes for herbs, additions to ferret runs or simply re-purposing them as presentation boxes for gifts. As the crates are not returnable to the vineyards, finding a way to reuse and upcycle them is an additional benefit alongside the fundraising.

Julian continues;

“The Yorkshire Air Ambulance provides a fantastic service that covers the more rural and inaccessible parts of Yorkshire, as well as the well-travelled and more densely populated. It’s certainly of benefit to us in this part of North Yorkshire, and we’re proud to support them.”

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity was set up in 2000 to provide fast medical reponce to the Yorkshire region. It costs around £4.4 million pounds per year to run.

Linda Stead, North Yorkshire Regional Fundraiser for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, said:

“We would like to say a huge thank you to The Wright Wine Company for their support and generosity and raising an impressive £450 through selling old wine crates. This is such an inventive way to not only raise money for a fantastic cause, but help give older items a new lease of life.

It costs £12,000 a day to keep both of Yorkshire’s Air Ambulances maintained and in the air and the money raised will help tremendously towards the vital running of our service and help us continue saving lives across region.”

The importance of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance cannot be understated – flying time from Skipton to Leeds General Infirmary, for example, is just 11 minutes – whereas by road could take over 60 minutes.

Photo: Wright Wine Company’s Dave Baxter readies more boxes in the name of charity. (Happy Birthday Dave!!).


About Yorkshire Air Ambulance

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity providing a life saving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across the whole of Yorkshire. The service is operational seven days a week, 365 days a year. The Charity currently attend an average of 5 incidents every single day. Last year (2019) they attended 1,598 incidents and carried 364 of those to hospital for emergency treatment.

Forget Dry-January. Celebrate Pie-anuary.

There was no room for ‘Dry January’ or ‘Veganuary’ in this corner of Skipton over the weekend.

Committed as we are to fine wines and accompanying food, we embraced ‘Pie-anuary’ – where, at our regular end of month in-store wine tasting, we matched a series of wines with some of the finest pork pies from Skipton. And Skipton does some good pork pies.

On the last Saturday of very month (except December) we host an informal and free wine tasting between midday and 3pm, with visitors taking advantage of 10% off the wines of the day.

Which drinks matches with chocolate brownies..?

Gemma Crangle has been giving her advise to food blog, ‘Love Brownies’ in a Father’s Day themed post.

Explaining how to match certain drinks with the chocolate, salted caramel and shortbread of these particular brownies, Gemma offered the following recommendations;

Wine – Banyuls Bila Haut, Chapoutier 50cl  £15.50.
She said: “This red dessert wine is the perfect match to chocolate, the darker and richer the better! A rich yet clean fortified wine made from Grenache around the French Mediterranean town of Banyuls, close to the Spanish border. Rich, ripe black fruits with cocoa notes and very fine tannins.”

Whisky – Glenfarclas Springs, Speyside £45.00.
Gemma said: “The salted caramel notes on this single malt Speyside whisky, (as a result of the sherry cask ageing), beautifully mirror the same flavours in the brownie.”

Brandy – Torres 10 year old Imperial Brandy, Spain  £21.00.
Gemma said: “The warm, toasty, vanilla notes in this smooth barrel-aged brandy perfectly enhance the shortbread and salted caramel notes in the brownie.”

Read the full post at Love Brownies.