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Thursday, January 19, 2006

A relatively painless journey to Gatwick this morning, where I'm waiting for my Easyjet flight to Geneva, but it meant getting up at 4 am to get the 04.46 bus to Heathrow, and then the 05.15 National Express coach to Gatwick. The sacrifices I make...I'm expecting great things of the Swiss wines I'm going to taste over the next couple of days.

In light of my impending early start, I sloped off early from the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW)annual party. It was kind of Susanna Forbes to introduce me to a range of the membership, all of them interesting people - who knows what will come of the connections made there. I get the impression that the ABSW membership isn't as moribund as that of the Circle of Wine Writers (CWW) - walk into a CWW event (particularly one where there's free booze to be had) and you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in a Darby and Joan Club.

The Richards Walford tasting that occupied my afternoon was pretty good, if a little crowded at times. [And, for the record, I'd really like it if we could have Riedel Chianti classes at all tasting events - the restaurant range stems cost 2.97 plus VAT I beleive, so it's not a hideous expense, and they can be hired, although I have no idea how much this costs.] I had a chance to chat to Jean-Louis Chave (pictured) and Claire Villars, and would have had a nice chat with Gilles Barge if my French had been better (his English is, shall we say, 'emergent'). I enjoyed tasting the wines from Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards, a newcomer to the South African scene, as well as some real oddities from the Jura, two of which I thought were fantastic. Now I've been wine writing for a while, I'm getting to know quite a few people, so it's got to the stage where I have to budget half my time to chatting, half to tasting. It's kind of nice not to be a complete unknown.


At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you enjoyed the TMV wines Jamie. I have been plugging these for sometime after I got to know Chris Mullineux the brilliant young winemaker of TMV.
Chris has now been joined at the winery,by his longtime girlfriend and fellow winemaker,Andrea so expect even better things now he is not so lonely!! cheers Keith P

At 12:27 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Yes, Keith - it was your plugging of the TMV wines that persuaded me to seek them out, and I'm glad I did.

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