uw and Dale Morris are true “partners”
Bermuda Exclusively Inspired Wines
Represented by Burrows Lightbourn Wine & Spirits
in their winemaking venture ‘Wild
Hogge’. The husband and wife team
have created a wine experience that is both
well suited to, and inspired by, their time spent
together on the beautiful island of Bermuda.
Huw lived in Bermuda for almost 27
years and worked as an anaesthesiologist at the King Edward VIIth Memorial
Hospital. For his last 25 years on “De
Rock”, he was president and co-founder
of the Bermuda Wine Circle, a wine tasting group that started off with about 35
members and has grown to over 200
members, meeting frequently to taste
wines from around the world. Meanwhile, Dale established a Masters degree program with Wheelock College
and certified 77 teachers in Bermuda.
is well over 250. That same year, Wild
Hogge released its first and only wine of
2005, a Cabernet Sauvignon, which won
a Gold medal in the Central Coast Wine
competition, the most prestigious event
in the area! The Wild Hogge winemaking philosophy has and always will be,
very simple: quality is paramount.
Bermudian culture and wildlife have
shaped the image, branding and especially the packaging of the entire line of
Huw and Dale’s wines. Most visible; The
Wild Hogge label, is based on a watercolour painting by American artist, Winslow Homer. Homer was familiar with
the island and its history, including the
16-century stories of how hogs swam
ashore from sinking ships to become
the first “settlers” of Bermuda. Using
rough strokes and earthy tones, the
artist depicted five of these famous wild
hogs roaming a cedar grove near water’s edge. It’s an unusual, eye-catching
portrayal, and one that will be forever
commemorated on these familiar labels.
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Moving to Paso Robles, California
in 2005, Huw and Dale had previously
toured, and fallen in love with, the wine
producing epicentres of nearby Napa
and Sonoma. Paso Robles is located
about 4 hours south of Napa/Sonoma
in the Central Coast area, half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
It is a new wine region getting some
serious recognition. At the time, Paso
Robles was home to only 50 wineries;
now, just ten years later, the total number
Additionally, the foil enclosure on the
top of every Wild Hogge bottle has an
embossment of Bermuda’s original cur-rency…the Hog Penny coin!
The Wild Hogge ‘Moongate’, a
blend of Primitivo (a zinfandel clone),
Cabernet Franc and Syrah, is a fruit-forward wine that was given its title after the free-standing limestone arches
through which all lucky Bermuda
newlyweds must pass. This wine has
a powerful aroma of earthiness and
dark berry fruit and is a recommended
accompaniment to any lamb dish or
Bermuda. Only a very limited quantity,
about 400 cases, is released each year.
By focusing their efforts on a small batch
size, Wild Hogge is able to precisely
monitor quality and ensure that each
bottle is rich, lush and well matured. And,
in choosing to sell only to the Bermudian
marketplace, Huw and Dale demonstrate
their passion for handpicked, handcrafted
wine and a lasting appreciation for Bermuda and their experiences here.
Likewise, Wild Hogge’s ‘Tree Frog’ is a
unique and mellow Cabernet Sauvignon/
Syrah blend, named for Bermuda’s species of tiny nighttime-whistling amphibians. The dark, resonant blend is made
from grapes harvested from both the East
and West sides of Paso Robles and pairs
well with roasted meat or strong cheese.
Wild Hogge wines are imported
and available through Burrows Lightbourn Wine & Spirits, and most fine
restaurants and retailers across the
island. Current releases include, Wild
Hogge Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Syrah and of course
“Moongate” and “Treefrog”.
Wild Hogge wines are specifically made and exclusively marketed to
Wild Hogge: a true Bermudian
inspired wine, representing the history
and beauty of this amazing island in the
middle of the Atlantic. Enjoy a bottle
yourself, or as a unique and delicious gift
commemorating your time in Bermuda.