London Marathon, Children’s Trust and Wine School

Fellow Wine Lovers,

Reading the headlines this week you could be forgiven for thinking we’ve entered some dastardly 80’s/90’s time warp. We’ve had coal mines closing, ministers expense scandals, The Masters without Tiger Woods, even Norman Tebbitt demanding resignations. Clearly there are positives (We’d rather Betty Boo than One Direction and Twin Peaks on the TV wasn’t so bad) and negatives (not sure we need the Austin Montego & Jive Bunny again?).  

A quick check at the sports pages brings us back to reality though, Mourinho is difficult to miss, the cricket seasons is about to start (Test Cricket for Ireland and Scotland, who’d have thunk it?) and Arsenal get a chance to underwhelm in their last hope of silverware for another season. Paris – Roubaix bike race this weekend too with over 5 million cobbles to ride over, I think they’ll need padded shorts and gloves!

In wine news GreenBottle, Merseyside producers of paper wine bottles, have gone into administration just 5 months after launching, after their major investor shredded plans to continue. Top Spanish producers Vega Sicilia have written off 500,000 bottles due to excessive sediment problems in their 2009 Pintia and 2010 Alion bottlings. You’d have thought at those prices they could afford a filter!

Meanwhile back in Wimbledon Park

The kids are off, the sun is shining and it’s nearly time for Wine School. 

That’s right Wednesday 23rd April we’ll kick off at 8pm. We already have a selection of willing students keen to try the selection of wines and discover new wines, words and flavours.

We do, however, have a few places left. So throw caution to the wind, come and join them, some of you have been threatening to join in for months (you know who you are!).

Join up for our six week wine school, starting on Wednesday 23rd April.  It costs £150 per person, takes place on consecutive Wednesday evenings (skipping one for half term) and you will taste somewhere in the region of 60 wines over the course.

Places are limited to 10 people, 5 have already been filled so drop us a line and book your place today. Don’t you want to strike fear into a sommeliers heart by demanding to know ‘which Riesling is drier the Marlborough or the Alsace?’

Full details attached, don’t delay.

This Weekend

We thought we’d give a bit of air time to a pair of tasty charmers from the French countryside. Cuvée Jean Paul Sec (£7.49) is a deliciously crisp dry white from Gascony, whilst its partner, the imaginatively named Cuvée Jean Paul Rouge (£7. 49) is a brambly glass of loveliness from the Vaucluse.

Also This Weekend

The day has finally arrived. Sunday is London Marathon day and we’ll be chasing an enormously impressive field of World record holders, Olympic medallists, and celebrities, but are hoping to beat the rhinoceros. If you’re running – good luck, have fun, and give us a wave if you see us.

We’re raising money for The Children’s Trust. Some of you have been kind enough to make a donation and some asked us to send the link again…

Thanks for all your support and advice throughout the training.

After our exertions we will open later on Monday 14th April at 3pm.

Best wishes,

Wayne & Alex.

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