Fellow Wine Lovers,
As we live and breathe, it’s Friday again and barely a jot of work has been done since last Wednesday week, it would seem! Certainly, judging by the amount of out-of-office replies we received last weekend with outrageously distant return to work dates, holidays are definitely being taken. So, as you’re all on a beach in Dubai or up a hill in Mallorca, we thought we’d send you an easy to digest list of all the important stuff going on over here:
Monday 17th April – Malbec World Day – you missed it but, in truth, so did we. It was on Easter Monday and the shop was very much in darkness. However, all is not lost because tonight we have….
Friday 21st April – Argentine Wine Tasting – we welcome Juan Manuel Matas into the shop. He is our new Argentinean Wine supplier and he has an array of delicious wines in his portfolio that are only to be found in the finest establishments! Tonight he will be featuring Lazos Chardonnay 2016 (£13.99), Lazos Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (£13.99) and Lazos de Sangre Malbec 2014 (£22.49). Corks will be pulled at about 5.30pm so swing by on your way home and tantalise your taste buds.
Saturday 22nd April – FA CUP SEMI FINAL –Chelsea v Spurs – all made a lot more poignant after the sudden death of Ugo Ehiogu.
Sunday 23rd April – St George’s Day – and of course the day Shakespeare, W. was born, and died, apparently. Anyway, it’s an important English day of celebration and Wayne has already booked a table at The George & Dragon in honour!
Sunday 23rd April – London Marathon – Matt/Chris: the male course record is a reasonably sedate 2:03:05 set by Eliud Kipchoge in 2016; Kelly: you have an even more leisurely 2:15:25 to match, set by Paula Radcliffe in 2003. We fully expect sponsorship worthy performances from all of you, particularly as you’ve all done it before! Good luck also to anyone else bold enough to do the running tour of London, enjoy Île des Chiens and Le Quai Canari!
Saturday 23rd April – FA CUP SEMI FINAL – Arsenal v Man City – could Arsène finally get a break? From management, we mean….
May (the whole of) – seems to be full of bank holidays, private tastings and a bucket load of electioneering. Busy.
Thursday 8th June – General Election – which, as we all now know, is rigged. Trump stated that the US election was rigged, Corbyn has stated similarly. We all know how that ended. Equally, Corbyn has stated that the poll is not a ‘foregone conclusion’ just before he stated bears use public conveniences and that the Pope is a lifelong agnostic.
Friday 9th June – Little Bird Gin tasting – mentioned this last week but you were all on hols so thought I’d mention it again now, especially as we’ll probably all need a drink to toast the Farron/Sturgeon coalition…
Thursday 22nd June – Wine & Cheese Tasting – oh no, not another one I hear you groan… all that delicious fine wine and fab cheese, oh no sir, I couldn’t possibly! 5 spaces remaining for those of you brave enough – £20 per head
Thursday 27th July – Wine & Cheese Tasting (REVISED DATE) – we had to change the date for this because some muppet suddenly realised that his daughter’s Leavers Play was on that evening. So, we moved the date and immediately sold 6 spaces, which means 6 spaces remain! Still only £20 per head!
Then we have the summer holidays, then September and, before we know it, it’s December – let me be the first to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
So, that’s the year done – before we race to the finish, how about we enjoy each day as it comes, starting with some fine wines from Argentina this evening – see you beside the tasting table!
Finally, a year ago today, Prince died. Apparently he outsold both Adele and Drake last year, posthumously. Go on, stick Purple Rain on and marvel at how an album, that is now over 30 years old, still sounds fresh as a daisy!
¡Arriba, abajo, al centro, adentro!