12 Feb 2007

Badger Brush

I AM SAVOURING Chapel Down's Century 'Extra Dry' NV, a traditional method GB sparkling wine initially akin to badger brush stirred shaving bowl in aroma, followed by an odd soft grip on the palate. I am very happy to put it in my mouth, however. It is pretty good, not poised, but perfectly acceptable and a serious pleasure to find in my local Sainsburys around the £15 mark. English fizz would make a thoughtful talking point for ones Valentine (although I am single, which means I dine with a mirror come Feb 14th!) At least we will get on...

Earlier I put to bed the remnants of Bleasdale's Shiraz Cabernet '03 [£8.79, Oddbins] with Spag Bol - open to the elements for several days, and better for it. It is ebullient, like a ranch hand (there's definitely some sweaty saddle). No speed bumps impede its creme fraiche / 'Lea and Perrins' flow. The use of oak is a dash hyperactive on the US side, but I love their motto, 'You're lucky we didn't drink it all ourselves...'
Pictured, interior of my fridge. No wonder my jaw is chiselled; Moscato Jelly and Caviar hardly constitutes a staple diet!
Photograps of the leaving do for Natalia, a now former Vinopolis colleague, may be found HERE, hosted by current colleague Valerie.