Had loads of fun last Wednesday evening running a tasting of wines from South West France for one of the city's major professional firms. I love running these events as they are a great opportunity to show off some of the more quirky wines on our list which have a real story to tell and which can genuinely lay claim to being "hand-made." It is almost unfair to single out specific wines for special mention as these were all wines of real individuality but the Marcillac "lo sang del pais" from Philippe Teulier always seems to exude a charming eccentricity, providing more than a hint as to its origins in the far flung reaches of Aveyron whilst the real star of the night was the gloriously textured and expressive Bergerac Sec, Moulin des Dames, a wine of mind-boggling complexity from a grower of total commitment and passion.
Following this, Tania and I spent last weekend in Cornwall, where I continued my quest to build up fitness levels in advance the forthcoming end-to-end ride next month. This was a real wake up call as the myriad of little river valleys provide ample opportunity to practice one's hill climbing ........again and again and again. Not only are there so many of the blighters but they are soooooo flippin' steep and as for the wind....! 4 weeks to go and I'm starting to panic!