Cheese & Wine Tasting,Brezza Barbera d’Alba Santa Rosalia, Allez Allez Sir Bradley

Fellow Wine Lovers,

This week a judge in Spain decided that the 211 bags of blood & plasma seized in the Operation Puerto doping case should be destroyed. Whilst we appreciate that doping was not illegal in Spain when the bags were seized, we are amazed that the Spanish court feels unable to co-operate with either WADA or even the Spanish anti-doping agency. Surely this alone must rule Madrid out of hosting the 2020 Olympics? Is an all German Champions League Final connected, we wonder?

Elsewhere a 16.5 m high Rubber Duck floated into Hong Kong yesterday…

Cheese & Wine Tasting

Following the success of last week’s event we thought we’d follow on with another one. We choose four cheeses, put six wines alongside them and discuss the merits (or otherwise) of the choice. Our next evening is Thursday 23rd May here at the shop 8pm start. £15 buys your place at the table and you can call us on 020 8944 5224 to book.

Oh look at us!

The sharp eyed amongst you may have noticed we got a brief mention in last Saturday’s Victoria Moore column in The Daily Telegraph…

Brezza Barbera d’Alba Santa Rosalia 2010 Piemonte, Italy (13.5%, Park Vintners, SW19, £19.29)

One of the Brezza wines as raved about in my column this week. These reds are as gentle as chiffon, and the tannin that gives them bones and structures feels as if it has been hand-stitched with a tiny, fine-pointed needle. The barbera would light up any evening. I might nibble at some prosciutto or have a simple risotto Milanese to keep hunger pangs away.”

Bank Holiday Weekend

We have checked several weather pages on the interweb and all of them seem to agree there will be a circular orangey thing in the sky. This can mean only one thing…

Cycling season is amongst us.

The Giro d’Italia starts Saturday with Sir Bradley battling to be the first Brit to win the “Maglia Rosa”. He’s up against it though with 2012 winner Ryder Hesjedal and local hero Vincenzo Nibali both keen to wear pink too.

With all this in mind we shall have on the tasting table…

Cuvée Jean-Paul Rosé – £7.29 a deliciously elegant pink form the Gascony region of France.

Brezza Barbera d’Alba Santa Rosalia 2010 – £19.29 is Italian, elegant and apparently well regarded in press circles.

We shall be closed on Bank Holiday Monday.

Finally, it is with a heavy heart that we report news that The Spice Girls musical will be closing in June, clearly not “Viva Forever”. You have but a few weeks left to ‘Spice Up Your Life’.

Allez Allez

Wayne & Alex

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