Books, Bollinger and AFC Wimbledon

Fellow Wine Lovers,

This week we discovered that several sportsmen (former or otherwise) have books to sell. Poor old Kevin Peterson had the mickey taken out of him in the changing room and Roy Keane thinks the song “Dancing Queen” is not an ideal pre-match motivator.

Whilst we’re talking about motivator’s, a how about Oleg Tinkov’s (owner of the Tinkov-Saxo cycling team) offer of 1 million Euro to top cyclists to compete in all three of next year’s Grand Tours (Giro d’Italia, Tour de France & Vuelta a España). The route for the Giro could well suit Froome and I can’t help but think this kind of gesture is what gets the sport much more media coverage. As ever the trick will be to stay upright!

Three people were rescued from the Strathmill distillery in Moray by boat when the river Isla burst its banks following torrential rain and high winds. Water with your scotch, sir?

This week we spoke to Helen from Maison des Bulliats whose Regnie we sell quite a lot of. She’s been up to her elbows in grapes and grape pickers but as they start the crush they’re pretty happy with this year’s harvest. We look forward to hearing more when they arrive back in sunny (!) Wimbledon Park.

7th October 2014: MK Dons 2 – AFC Wimbledon 3

A touch of history in the newsletter, we thought it was a score line worth mentioning.
Well done guys, it has been a while coming but surely all the sweeter for it!

Cheese and Wine Tasting 16th October at 8pm – £20 per person

Still a couple of places for next Thursday if you find a space in your diary!

Clive Ashby Tasting 10th December
Last week I mentioned this, with the words “Our chum Clive will be pouring (and talking about) a selection of delights from the Mentzendorff magic box.”

To put some flesh on the bones there’ll be Bollinger Special Cuvee (£45), and Bollinger Grand Année 2004 (£70) to get your palates tingling. Follow this up with some Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc (£15.89) from the famous South African estate. We then will shift a gear into red wines with top drawer Rioja in the form of Roda I (£50) and a touch of Ribera Del Duero in Corimbo (£27.49) which is the Ribera estate made by the Roda people. If all this wasn’t enough to get your cheeks rosy we’ll then spoil you with some Vin de Constance (£45) to add a bit of legend to the evening and we’ll then finish with a drop of Kummel (£22.99) just to aid the digestion.

All this for £25. Sounds like a fun evening to me.

Tasting This Weekend
Following on from our flit in New Zealand last weekend we are staying firmly in the southern hemisphere. South Africa is where the grapes grow this week, we’ll be starting off in Walker Bay with Barton Vineyard’s Chenin Blanc (£9.79). A deliciously versatile white with pear fruit and a crisp dry finish. Whilst in the red corner we’re going with Graceland Vineyards Strawberry Fields (£21.99) a Stellenbosch stunner of Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon. If Elvis was in the building he’d be having a glass of this!


Wayne & Alex

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