jamie goode's wine blog: Cricket at Lords and sweet wine

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Cricket at Lords and sweet wine

Spent the day at Lord's, watching the first day of the England v. South Africa test match. To those unfamiliar with cricket, the idea of a game that lasts five days must seem ludicrous. I suppose it is, but it is also wonderful that in this age of hurry and busyness, a day can be spent watching nothing much happening at a cricket match as a punctuation-style interval in an over-busy life.

South Africa have four good fast bowlers, and between them they kept things pretty tight, restricting England to 80-odd for none (this means England scored 80 runs without any of their batsmen getting out) by lunch. Shortly after lunch, though, South Africa made a breakthrough, with Strauss lbw for 44. Soon after, Vaughan was clean bowled for 2, and then Cook was out a few balls later for 60. At 117-3 things were nicely poised. But a solid partnership by Bell and Pietersen followed. Initially, Bell looked the more in-form, with some cracking shots. But as Pietersen entered the 20s, he found his touch, motoring towards his century with some bold yet measured stroke play. When I left, with a couple of overs to go, England were just over 300 with three wickets down.

Lords is a very attractive ground to watch cricket at. It also has the enlightened policy of allowing guests to bring a bottle of wine in with them, something that other test match grounds prohibit, perhaps because of fears of lost revenue and upsetting drinks sponsors.

Two sweet wines tonight.

Chateau Haut Bergeron Sauternes 2004 Bordeaux
Golden colour. Attractive sweet herbal nose with dried fruit, apricot, citrus peel and spice. The palate is viscous with citrus and barley sugar character as well as some appealing spiciness. A dense, mouthfilling sweet wine with some complexity. Deliciously rich. 90/100 (Asda 9.99/half)

Vendanges d'Automne Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois NV, France
Golden colour with some brown hints. Rich and quite viscous with notes of baked apple, dried apricot and organge peel, as well as some tea-like complexity. Very sweet, with a bit of spice on the finish. A satisfying, thought-provoking wine. 89/100 (Co-op 11.99/50 cl)

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At 12:24 PM, Blogger bsmith said...

I was at Lord's yesterday too - what a great day's cricket. Quote of the day (from a BBC blog) "actually, I think the South Africans played quite well - Pietersen in particular."



At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANOTHER freebie, Jamie?

Surprised you find the time to do any wine writing!! :-)

At 9:10 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Yep, and going Monday too, if they are still playing. The way I find time? I guess it's because I'm used to working odd hours - 10-12 pm most nights is a productive slot, as are all journeys. But when you are self-employed you need to block out slots of time where you simply can't work as a sort of discipline, and cricket and golf are a wonderful way of doing this - work/life balance I guess.


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