London wine fair, day two
Just a brief post tonight. Had a long journey home, and it's now past 2 am. Day two of the fair again saw me rock up after lunch, in time for the sold out Rustenberg seminar with Adi Badenhorst, looking at a vertical of John X Merriman (one of South Africa's most impressive and affordable Bordeaux blends), plus a preview of the 2004 Syrah. Met up with regular blog commentors Keith Prothero and Alex Lake (pictured here: you can see Keith's arm and Alex' head), plus a couple of guys I've met online but not physically.
Then it was time for a wander round. Did a bit of Madeira, some Portugal and then the remainder of the time doing a big tasting of Southwest France wines. These were great.
After the fair I took off for the Dorchester's China Tang restaurant, for the Dirk Niepoort dinner. Suffice to say the wines were very impressive, focusing mostly on 2005, a great Douro vintage, and finishing off with a 1917 white Port. Things went a bit crazy with the journey home, hence the late bedtime.