Wine, Beer, Cheese and Wine Tasting

Fellow Wine Lovers,

Well it seems that London 1948 is going better than expected. The ladies and gents on the bicycles have been fast and successful, as have the rowers and pedalos on the pond at Eton, and also those fierce ladies in the fisticuffs.

There have been tears, disappointment, equipment mall functions (broken stick in the pole vault was a tad dramatic!), and laughter too. I have to admit enjoying the fact that L’Equipe printed Dave Brailsford’s comments about “really round wheels” after the usual whinging and quizzing as to how the cyclists were so fast.

Also on the radio this morning I heard an interesting statistic: if food prices had kept up with house prices for the last 30-40 years a chicken would be £47. Now I don’t know if I should call a butcher or an estate agent, but interesting nonetheless.

Wine News

The nasty patches of hail continue with the third storm in a month to hit Burgundy. This time it hit the Hautes Cotes de Nuits and Hautes Cotes de Beaune areas. There has been barely a week since April that hasn’t seen some rain in the area.

Beer News

Sambrooks Pale Ale (£2.59) is back in stock and chilling in the fridge as I write this.

Beer Lovers don’t need me to tell them, but The Great British Beer Festival is on at Olympia and finishes tomorrow at 7pm. Pace yourselves!

Cheese & Wine Tasting

You’ve all been asking so we have pulled our finger out and come up with a date. Thursday 20th September at 8pm.

Many of you will be familiar with our cheese and wine evenings but for those of you who aren’t I can promise there will be no pineapple chunks on cocktail sticks.

We normally choose four cheeses, and then select six or so wines (whites as well as reds) to match. We’ve been known to throw in a beer or cider for good measure too! We then taste side by side and throw the merits of the choice open to discussion, which is where you point out the error of our ways. Sound fun? Then come along, tickets are £15 per person as usual.

Tasting This Weekend.

Keeping the Wimbledon Park taste buds tantalised this weekend we’ll choose from two countries that are better at wine than London 1948 sports.

So to start with Percheron Chenin Blanc/Viognier 2011 (£8.19) from Western Cape, South Africa, the sharp eyed of you will recall we had its Red sibling a couple of weeks ago. This is crisp and fresh with some lovely peachy fresh stone fruit character. We’ll follow up with Morton Estate Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir (£12.99). Its ages since we opened a New Zealand red and I think this will be just the ticket.

I think that’s it from us this week, have a great weekend and do pop in for a taster.

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