Archive for May, 2009

The race result and this weeks plans

Sebastiano came 4th of 11 which was actually very encouraging...I only managed to watch the race this morning it was a good run. Good jumping and when asked for a real effort he gave his all.rp.com - "Sebastiano was quite keen early and needed strong drivingto close in the back...
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The first and last run of the season??

Ok so this is confusing but Sebastiano, the 6yr old Chaser I have a (very) small share in, runs his last race this evening before his summer break. The race is the 6.50 at Huntingdon (http://www.racingpost.com/horses/racing.sd?race_id=482613&r_date=2009-05-26) and Seb (his nickname used by everyone except my wife who calls him Pritt...
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The PORT 2007 tasting

Last Thursday (21st) - Blind tasting of 17 Ports 2007s @ 1 Thomas More Street. Tasting is done in silence with all bottles covered in foil and numbered. Scores are given out of 10 for each wine at the end of the tasting and the wines then ranked. The 17...
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today…..tonight

Today...release of Cheval Blanc at a crazy/ambitious price ,£3500, Pavie ambitious but more realistic £1200 and Leoville Lascases at £900 which for a well rated second growth is not un-reasonable. With the French on holiday on thursday (and therefore friday too!) tomorrow should be pretty much the end of En...
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Maderia, Sherry, Riesling…….the great missunderstod

I know I'm not the only one but why aren't the wines above more popular? Is it that they aren't "normal" is it that they recquire a bt of thought? The "different alcohol"? Well whichever it is I would never be without a half of Fino/Manazanilla in the fridge (the...
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What a week…….

I wouldn't do anything so vulgar as print details but lets just say its been a cracking week. Lots of wines selling at good prices and happy customers. So good to sell wines that you just know will make people so happy.On that sort of topic had a chat with...
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A rival for any wine anywhere? Achaval Ferrer

Marcelo Victoria from Achaval Ferrer was over last week to show us the Malbec 2008 and the Quimera, Finca Mirador, Finca Altamira and Bella Vista 2007......to say it was on of the best in house tastings we have done would be no exagerration. Achaval Ferrer is a truely wonderful wine estate....
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Pontet Canet 2008…….

Released this morning £545 and one of the most interesting talking points of the vintage. The wine is by all accounts (including the C&B buying team) very good. The score Mr Parker gives it is 96-98+ which is very good for a 5th growth (it "outscores" Mouton). If you look...
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Port 2007 – The Symingtons….

8am on the Tuesday after a bank holiday…..must be time to taste some Port. Well it was today. Paul Symington (Owners and producers of the Ports below) and Christo Eliot-Lockhart from Fells (Importers) came to the offices to present the 2007’s. The vintage is a small one but a good...
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Gotta love a bank holiday!!

Great weekend, gig friday, some necessary shopping on saturday followed on Sunday by rugby (annual Finchley RFC - Ireland vs Rest of world fixture). Today - destructive gardening (the only type I enjoy), Chablis Dampt 2007 for lunch to keep things going. This week is looking very busy (all four days of it!!) judging by my diary and it...
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