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.