The start of another week (albeit a 4 day one) and the start of what is optimistically referred to as British Summer Time (cue torrential rain, thunderbolts. plagues of locusts etc etc.) . As I write this another damp cycle ride home awaits, poised to quash any ridiculous notions of Spring being just around the corner.
On a more positive note, a 4 day weekend lies ahead (hoorah) and with it comes the end of Lent - what better reason for taking the opportunity to indulge in a glass or three, in preparation for which we got down to some serious tasting last week. We have recently been approached by a highly regarded Rioja Bodega whose wines are new to the UK market so last Friday saw us cranking up our tastebuds and setting about the job in hand.
Sadly, the results were somewhat inconclusive - Sarah, who had managed to rope in Mark from our wonderful web designers Clever Cherry, started to get quite excited about one of the Crianza wines on offer but our Mark and myself remained unmoved by its charms. On the other hand, we did crack open a bottle of our Vina Marro Crianza to act as a benchmark and, frankly, it rocked - great fruit structure subtly underpinned with a touch of American oak - coincidentally this would be perfect for washing down and Easter Sunday leg of lamb!
And on a completely different note, Connolly's has just been graced by pop royalty in the shape of Maggie Dunne from legendary 80's rocksters Fuzzbox. She was en route to the studio to record their comeback single and the lure of Connolly's clearly proved too strong. I don't know about you but I shall be dashing off to the itunes store just as soon as it is released.
The life of a vintner can be a lonely, frustrating experience but, just occasionally, it throws up the sort of opportunity that makes the whole thing worthwhile.
So it was that, in the company of food and drink writer and Birmingham legend, Paul Fulford, I set about one of the toughest food and wine matching challenges to date in the beautiful surroundings of Chung Ying Central on Colmore Row
For the final week we look at Louisvale, and will be opening their Stone Road Sauvignon Blanc and the newly arrived sparkling MCC Brut Chardonnay-
“We have a particular soft spot for Louisvale as it was our introduction to them 12 months ago and the subsequent success that their wines have enjoyed that encouraged this project in the first instance.