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Thursday, August 24, 2006


Today's family trip was to Dorset. Started out terribly; got better towards the end. We spent quite a bit of time on the beach at Kimmeridge (pictured), and then had an early dinner with the kids at the Cock and Bottle in a village called Morden on the way to Blandford (here). The food was superb. I had a whole sea bream that was perfectly cooked and utterly fresh. It wasn't tinkered around with too much - fresh fish doesn't need to much embellishing. Fiona had sea bass that was also beautifully cooked.

After a speedy drive home, I'm now drinking the second half of Jim Barry's Armagh 1996 Clare Valley, Australia. This was once the most expensive bottle of wine I had bought, at about £36 from Oddbins Fine Wine in Faringdon. It's a bit of a beast, still, and I'm drinking it before its time, but yesterday was a difficult day so I wanted vinous consolation in the evening, and this is what caught my eye. Concentrated, high quality fruit dominates, with a spicy, tarry complexity developing nicely to buttress it. Dark and smooth. At the moment I'd score it 92/100, but I think this is because I got it at a slightly awkward, adolescent stage.

4 Comments:

At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your link is dead in this post.

 
At 1:44 PM, Anonymous Richard said...

The link works for me...

 
At 5:20 PM, Anonymous David MoŽd said...

Try cutting and pasting:

http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/pubs/pubwalks/walks/cock_bottle.asp

David

 
At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Neil said...

haha, I'm sitting here looking at a bottle of Jim Barry which I also purchased from Oddbins in Farringdon - it was one of my first serious wine purchases but so far I've resisted! Hope you enjoyed!

 

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