This blog is a record of the wine that I make and drink. Each flavour made and each bottle drunk will appear here. You may come to the conclusion that, on the whole, I should be drinking less.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Blackberry & Red Gooseberry Wine - Fourth Bottle (1), 12th April 2015

The kitchen is now decorated. It has only taken eleven years. Claire has worked tirelessly over the last week, finishing (or at least getting on with) all those jobs that we really need to do before attempting to sell the house. Because I am inept, my offered help has been graciously declined. However, I did cook the Sunday roast, and do the shopping, and take things to the tip.

We drank this bottle with the roast chicken, and very good it was too. I think this flavour is improving with age.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Blackberry Wine - Eleventh Bottle (A3), 8th April 2015

Claire is on holiday, and this is my excuse for drinking a whole bottle on a Wednesday. Also, she deserves a reward - to the extent that I gave her an entirely free choice of wine flavour. This week Claire has been organising things round the house in preparation for it going on the market. Floors have been fixed, cracks filled in, painting done, plasterers and electricians put on high alert. Stuff that we should have done years ago so that we could benefit. A bottle of (delicious) blackberry wine is scant payment.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Crab Apple & Strawberry Wine - Final Bottle (6), 6th April 2015

This bottle was Easter's final hurrah. Easter Monday was a lovely day, full of sunshine and Spring. It was the first day of the year where I spent most of it wearing just one layer. It is a simple pleasure, and becomes mundane as the season progresses. But the first time it happens each year provides a sense of freedom and promise.

I opened the wine with a little persuasion from Claire - she has the week off, but Tuesday marked my return to work. Once opened, though, I was glad I had. It was a refreshing, fruity, thoroughly good bottle of wine with a slight fizz and a glorious colour.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Elderflower Wine - Seventh Bottle (B6), 5th April 2015

Having the Parents over was wonderful, but it was nice when they left. Claire and I had spent a disturbed night between Saturday and Sunday, sleeping on an air mattress, which needed an emergency inflate at two in the morning. Therefore, as soon as we had said 'goodbye' to the last set to leave (mine), we crawled into bed for an afternoon snooze.

By the evening we were ready for an Easter bottle of wine, so I opened an elderflower. It feels like summer might arrive one day, and this wine was in early anticipation, drunk to leftovers.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Xmas Tutti Fruti - Fourth Bottle (B5), 4th April 2015

I think this was the last bottle drunk at our Parents' Evening, but I couldn't swear to it. I should probably spend a sentence or two describing the wine's bouquet and taste, but these were pretty irrelevant by that stage. What I did discover, though, was that Pop spent VJ Day in New York City and has dim memories of the ticker tape parade, and the general air of excitement and celebration. Mostly, though, he remembers Brian getting lost and being placed high on some industrial bin by a stranger, so that his mother would find him.

My father was there, and I have only just found out.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Orange Wine - Second Bottle (B6), 4th April 2015

I wasn't entirely sure about serving this wine at Parents' Evening. Several years ago at a Wine Party it proved distinctly unpopular. Since then I have tended to keep Orange just for ourselves. However, all parents appeared to enjoy it, and I like my orange wine. Yes, there is a distinct taste of orange peel, but that gives it a definite kick.

We spent much of the evening talking about the New House. I have driven both sets of parents (separately) to Bentcliffe Drive over the weekend so that they can look at it from outside, and I think both sets approve. It will certainly make entertaining and having people to stay much easier.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Blackberry Wine - Tenth Bottle (C1), 4th April 2015

Blackberry wine is always a winner. Every time I have a bottle I remember why it is my favourite. This bottle was one of four we drank at a Parents' Evening, and I'm just going to list all the fabulous food that Claire made:

Steamed spinach balls
Goan fish curry with prawns
Kashmiri Lamb
Pork meatball vindalloo
Black-eyed pea curry
Tamarind sauce
Yoghurt and mint
Coconut, chilli and corriander sauce
Golab jambu
Shrikand with fruit.

All fabulous. I have such a talented wife.