I am just back from a week on the road, promoting our wines. We started in Oxford with a tasting in a former jail (a first for me), followed by Birmingham, Manchester and London. Tastings in the first three cities were at the instigation of ViniPortugal, the generic body promoting Portuguese wines. Under the auspices of Judy Kendrick they are doing a great service for Portugal in the UK, targeting independent wine merchants and restaurants and they asked me to present a range of wines, selected from the best sellers among independents in the UK.
My Vineyard Blog January 2010
To London and the annual portfolio tasting of our UK distributors Richards Walford. This is always a good event for us as we meet our existing customers and potential new customers although the number attending was down a little on last year due to the bad weather. One person who had made it was Charlie Allen. She used to work for Richards Walford but has now migrated to Spain where she has become a wine producer. Her wine, called Pirita, comes from the Arribes region.
It has been a hair shirt start to the year. I have been on a self-imposed detox since 4th January with no alcohol, coffee or red meat and some fairly wicked herbal supplements which make things move, if you get my meaning. Another three days and it comes to an end so I am really looking forward to a glass of wine. This detox has been made more challenging by the awful winter weather. In north Derbyshire where I have been for Christmas and New Year we have had snow continually since 20th December. It is snowing again today.