Strikes, Euros and Wine

Fellow Wine Lovers,

You can imagine my surprise when wandering around the shop, putting deliveries away, wondering what I might choose for a #winewednesday tipple, when a customer wished me a nice weekend. Weekend? I thought possibly someone had their days mixed up. Turns out it was me, as much as I love a Bank Holiday Monday it does confuse the week a little.

With just a week to go before the Euro’s kick off in Paris, it seems most of France is on strike. The oil refineries, fuel depots and railways are all having their difficulties, but it appears the airport workers have cancelled their plans to strike. It is unclear if this is because they couldn’t get to work anyway!

Whilst we’re on the subject of footie, it seems transfer time for managers is upon us. Monk is in at Leeds, Di Matteo is in at Aston Villa and Pecchia (Benitez’s No.2) is out at Newcastle, heading for the sunshine and opera in Verona. Koeman maybe in at Everton but maybe not.

In tennis news, for that time is creeping up on us too, Andy Murray has Stan Wawrinka in the way of the French Open final probably against Djokovic who’ll have played everyday this week! As for the ladies, difficult to imagine it won’t be Serena.

In proper sports, legend Eddy Merckx seems to be in a spot of bother over the alleged “sweetener” to a contract as supplier of bicycles to the police in Anderlecht in 2006.

The company building the velodrome in Rio has lost the contract after filing for bankruptcy protection. The velodrome, already with one cancelled event in its history, is 88% finished now with just logistical issues in laying the track. Nothing important then! Rio’s city government expects to be finished in time.

I can’t finish here without mentioning The Derby on Saturday. Our tips last year were fairly useless and I’m slightly nervous of saying it won’t be Frankie Dettori’s mount (Wings of Desire) just to be proved wrong again, but…I think Ulysses will beat him and Humphrey Bogart may be worth an each way!

Cheese and Wine

Thursday 23rd June at 8pm. Only 2 places remaining! £20 per person.

New or Back in stock

We had a couple of bit’s missing but just to let you know…

Mimi Pink NV (£12.99) is back in stock (6 for the price of 5 if you’re entertaining!)

Southern Dawn Sauvignon Blanc (£10.49) has wended its way up from Marlborough too.

Arndorfer Hand-Crafted Gruner Veltliner (£13.99) is the wine I was quoted on so eloquently the other week. Don’t tell Alex, he doesn’t know I’ve bought any yet!

Tasting This Weekend

I’ve had a look at the Beeb’s weather app and it seems to promising warmer weather and a spot of sunshine over the weekend, no sign of it yet out of the back window (Wayne’s weather app!). Nonetheless we shall through caution to the wind and choose a couple of wines suitable should cooking be done in the garden!

In the white corner Talmard Macon Uchizy (£14.99) a cracking unoaked white from Southern Burgundy that we think will bring its own sunshine if the real thing doesn’t show.

Red wise Some Young Punks Passion Has Red Lips (£13.99) is a stonking blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale in Australia will go with all manner of char grilling!

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