Parked in a street in Shoreditch, London:
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Monday, 1 September 2014
2008 Mi-Pente, Bourgueil, Domaine de la Butte
Now approaching six years from harvest time, this 2008 Bourgueil (100% Cabernet Franc) from Jacky and Joëlle Blot is starting to show very well and was delcious with a roast chicken on Saturday evening. Mi-Pente is the top cuvée from Domaine de la Butte coming from vines in the middle of the slope, so equating to Grand/Premier Cru in Burgundian terms.
2008 is not as opulent as hotter vintages such as 2005 or 2009 but does have very attractive fruit and texture, good length and ripe acidity in the finish. So drinking well now but should continue to do so for a good length of time – for the rest of this decade anyway.
Sunday, 31 August 2014
It is desperately sad that Yvonne May, director of Wine Australia Europe has lost her battle against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. She took extended leave from her post in April and there was then optimism that the disease had been caught in time. Sadly this optimism proved to be misplaced.
Here are a few photos of Yvonne that I took last November at the Young Wine Writers of the Year Award held at Australia House, London.
My thoughts and condolences are with David, her partner, and Yvonne's family.
With the pianist – watching the award's ceremony
With Steven Spurrier and Hugh Jones (2013 Young Wine Writer)
With the two runners up
Saturday, 30 August 2014
Warren and the BMC bike that will take him from
Land's End to John O'Groats in nine days
Saturday 6th – Sunday 14th September 2014
Seven days from now Warren will have started his epic ride through the UK from Land's End to John O'Groats. He will be riding nearly 1000 miles and climbing over 17,000 metres – the Deloitte Ride Across Britain.
Warren finishes just four days before Scotland votes to decide whether it will become an indpendent country .... or not.
He dropped around today after his last club ride on his bike, which will be shipped down tomorrow to the start at Land's End. He will be raising money for the The Benevolent 'The Drinks Industry Charity'. Warren has already raised £3,270.00 including gift aid.
Fundraiser: Warren Adamson
Hi there All,
Thanks for checking out my fundraising page. I've decided to take on the mammoth challenge of Deloitte Ride Across Britain. In short I'll be cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats so that's 969 miles from 6th - 14th September 2014, yup that's 9 days!
Here’s the lowdown:
9.7 times the distance of Ride London 100
4.3 times the ascent of the average Etape Du Tour
3.0 times the duration of London to Paris
969 Miles (1,560 Kilometres)
17,068 meters ascent
The charity I'm focusing on is The Benevolent 'The Drinks Industry Charity' which does an amazing job looking after people from the drinks industry facing serious issues such as cancer, Multiple Sclerosis and financial crisis. If you would like to read more about the people they help click here. I hope I never need to call on them yet it's reassuring to know they are there.
I know they really appreciate your support, as I do too.
Wish me luck!
Details of the route – stage by stage:
Dropping down Sydenham Hill, London SE23
(above and below)
Warren's got Cadel Evans worried!
It's a big challenge and will call for a lot of grit!
Warren showing off the finer points of his BMC bike
Ride's end: the revamped John O'Groats Hotel