jamie goode's wine blog

Friday, August 18, 2006

Spent a lovely day at the Oval today, watching day 2 of the final test match between England and Pakistan. The cricket wasn't great: England bowled all day to little effect, and Pakistan batted well without ever dominating. Because of a combination of bad light and rain we only had 60 overs. Still, it's great to see live sport. Drank a fair bit of beer, plus some wine with lunch - I was a guest of FGL wine estates, and so it was Wolf Blass. Riesling (blend of Clare/Eden Valleys) was very well balanced and quite zippy, Adelaide Hills Chardonnay was well judged with richness combining to good effect with some freshness, and the Platinum Shiraz was big, burly, complex but oaky. Mental note: I must watch more cricket. It's a good day out.


At 3:45 AM, Blogger Salil said...

I'm very envious - of the wine quaffing that is, not of your being witness to such a poor bowling performance by England. Hope it isn't anything like 'dead test syndrome', as they really can't afford complacency.

Looks as if Pakistan will run away with this game - and I'm quite concerned about Hoggard's performance in a four man attack this series.

Although yes, agree - watching more cricket can only be a good thing.

(And on an aside, finally got a piece published on Cricinfo, under the 'Rewind To' section. Now to pick out a good wine to celebrate.)

At 2:04 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Yes you should take time to go to the Rose Bowl Jamie. Only an hours drive from your house and car parking right outside the ground.
Lovely brand new stadium surrounded by trees with golf course,nearby.
Home of Hampshire and only costs a pittance to be a member.

At 11:13 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Salil, who could have predicted what would have happened? Very sad for cricket. Was contemplating taking my eldest son along to day 5 today, which would have been an interesting day's cricket.

Would love to go to the Rose Bowl. Maybe we should go some time. I'm happy to drive you. Are we allowed to bring wine or fizz? Of course, there's always Lords, too.

At 6:56 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

No problem taking wine Jamie but they draw the line at Fizz!!! ha ha .
We could go down and meet up with another wine-pages forumite and keen cricket enthusiast and Hampshire supporter, Mark Carrington.
Maybe have to wait now until next summer,as few games left and dodgy weather.


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