Wine, Wandle and Dragons

Fellow Wine Lovers,

The Q, The F, The WGD, The C, The R, The DBR, The MASP, The WRHRSP.  Not a great Scrabble hand, an even worse selection for Countdown’s letters round.  However, we need to discuss all of the above, anagram suitability or not.

The Q

Yep, this weekend we’re all officially celebrating Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.  Since neither of us was able to attend her shindig on 21st April as we had already arranged a Cheese & Wine Tasting for that evening, we will be raising a glass or two this weekend to her good health.  If anyone is having a street party as a celebration, and is looking for some suitable refreshment, we can happily offer you a 10% discount to help you on your way – Melrose, Wellington, Havana are partying, anyone else?

The F

What could be more patriotic and Red, White and Blue than the start of our home nation battles at Euro 2016.  Well, perhaps not blue and, of course, there’s no dragon on the union flag, but you know what I mean.

Wales v Slovakia and England v Russia on Saturday, Poland v NI on Sunday – plenty of opportunity to raise a glass or two.


Gin lovers of the world rejoice as World Gin Day returns for its EIGHTH year on Saturday 11 June 2016!!  Not quite sure what this means in real terms but I would suggest juniper is involved.  As ever we’ll have Little Bird, Dodd’s and the rest of the gang open for a sniff and a swirl or two.

The C

And perhaps the end of the C.  Lords is hosting, the sun has been shining and Nick Compton has signed off from his England career.  Will the match last the weekend?  Nice to see the D of E there on Thursday, clearly avoiding any involvement in seating plans for Liz’s big lunch on the Mall.

The R

First Test in the Rugby against Australia – 11am our time on Saturday, perfect excuse for a glass or two…


There’s Dragon Boat Racing in the park this Sunday.  Organised by The Really Helpful Club, and with a variety of teams involved, we suspect the team from Bounce Gym will probably win but it will undoubtedly be very wet and wild and is free to watch.

Red, White & Blue tasting this weekend

As ever, the weekend is a great excuse to open a bottle or two and have a glass or three.  We’ll be opening suitably patriotic wines, in as much as there’ll be a red, a white and a beer with a blue label.

The red will be Thierry Germain Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur Champigny 2015 – £15.99 – This is the go to address for Saumur reds.  If, like us, you love a crunchy medium bodied red this is the top dog.  Beautifully aromatic on the nose, dark fruit and gentle spice in the mouth with an elegant, long and juicy finish.

The white will be Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2014 – £11.99 – always a top notch drop and unbelievably we haven’t had it on tasting for two years.  Felines Jourdan are arguably the best producers of Picpoul and this vintage is deliciously fresh and dangerously quaffable.  Summer in a glass, or two…

And the beer?  Sambrook’s Wandle Ale – £2.79, of course.  Our original ale, the first beer we sold here, the backbone of our beer range.  If you’ve not tried it yet, try it now.  We’re open at 10am on Saturday so plenty of time to stock up before sport commences!


It might just be one of us here on Saturday.  The London World Naked Bike Ride is taking place and Wayne’s enjoyment of pedal power is well chronicled – a Union Jack and a smile is all he will need, and just perhaps a glass or two…

Bottoms Up!

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