jamie goode's wine blog

Monday, August 28, 2006

The last couple of days of the bank holiday weekend have been an enjoyable end to the nine day break where I've focused solely on the family, with just a tiny smidgeon of work squeezed in. Yesterday evening was quite special. We went with our good friends Karl and Kate to her parents' newly purchased riverside dwelling in Chertsey. He's a vicar who will be retiring in a couple of years, and this is where they plan to live. It's a beautiful spot on the Thames, and at the moment there's just a caravan on site. The kids played, we drank some beer and wine, cooked some dinner and messed around with an old boat - not for long, though, because it wasn't very stable and there was a real risk of sinking. Then, on the way home I spotted a hedgehog on the road. We stopped, with the lights on - hedgehogs freeze when this happens. I took our kids up to the hog and picked it up. Their first encounter with a live hedgehog. Lovely creatures, and I have some history with them. It's a long story, but as a student I had a lot to do with hogs because I shared a house for a year with a guy doing a PhD on them.
Today we were off on another day trip, this time to the Seven Sisters Country Park at Cuckmere Haven, in East Sussex (pictured). We had a pretty chilled time by the sea. Lunch was washed down with a bottle of Paul Mas Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Vin de Pays D'Oc, which at a fiver from Waitrose is money well spent: fresh, crisp, quite precise, and not too grassy.
This evening's tipple is a deliciously peppery, savoury Syrah. It's Ogier's La Rosine 2001 Vin de Pays de Collines Rhodaniennes from the Northern Rhone. It's not a heavy wine, but the Northern Rhone character shines through with it's bright, peppery, spicy fruit, with structure coming in equal part from the tannins and the acidity. In a strange way it manages to be both rustic and elegant at the same time. Definitely a food wine, but a style that I really appreciate.


At 4:35 PM, Anonymous Niko said...

Seven Sisters 'eh? Lovely place - a group of us are running the Beachy Head marathon in a few weeks which ends with the sisters. Another mate has a much better idea, he and his wife are running the Merlot marathon. Hindsight's a wonderful thinh!

At 8:56 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Good luck - a marathon is tough whatever (I'm guessing - never done one), but doing it on the coast with all those ups and downs must be close to impossible.


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