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.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Zucchini Wine - Third Bottle (3), 10th May 2019

Well, that is another bottle down the sink. Only three left to go.

This was my comedy wine for the Kelso holiday and saved until the last night, specifically so that Ann would not have to try it. She thinks that the joke has worn somewhat thin. In fact, I think this wine has lost some if its offensiveness. Nick said that its worst crime was blandness. Wendy & Richard thought it drinkable. They were in the minority but it does solve the problem of what to do with the remaining three bottles.

The wine was poor reward for having done a 12 mile walk (advertised as 9) to the top of Windy Gyle via the Heatherhope Valley.

Exploring an Iron Age Hill Fort above Heatherhope Valley

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Apple Wine 2016 - Fifth Bottle (4), 9th May 2019

I had meant to bring a bottle of Apple 2017 with me to Kelso, which is a better vintage than this one. Of the five proper bottles I took, this was (for me) the most disappointing. Wendy, though, preferred it to the strawberry.

The day had been spent in North Berwick,  where I met up with cousin Sarah, Rachel and Claire collected shells on the beach, a cafĂ© took an inordinate length of time to bring a plate of cheese and olives, and we walked up North Berwick Law in the late afternoon sunlight.

At the top of North Berwick Law

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Strawberry Wine - Third Bottle (2), 8th May 2019

Wednesday was our only wet day for the holiday in Kelso. Before we went I had been checking the weather forecast daily and it looked like the weather was going to be atrocious. The forecast lied. Even though Wednesday was wet, we still got a five mile walk in, beginning and ending in Dryburgh Abbey - a 12th Century ruin where Walter Scott is buried. Well worth visiting.

To thank everyone for putting up with my medieval buildings obsession, I opened a bottle of strawberry wine, which went down nicely. Ann voluntarily had a second glass!

Dryburgh Abbey

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Blackberry Wine - Tenth Bottle (A3), 7th May 2019

I shared this bottle amongst the ten of us staying in Kelso as a preamble to an entirely Greek (and vegetarian) meal cooked by Claire. The day had been a relaxed one where I spent much of it wandering around Floors Castle and its grounds. I only ever seem to go to stately homes when I am on holiday. This one had more turrets than you could shake a stick at and a room entirely filled with stuffed birds. It was an eccentric place.

More turrets than you can shake a stick at

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Rhubarb Wine - First Bottle (C1), 6th May 2019

On the basis that Nick supplied the rhubarb for this wine, I took the first bottle with me to Kelso and gave him the first glass. It is not as clear as previous vintages, but it has a pink blush and the taste is good. It always surprises me how much like a white wine it is.

The day had been spent climbing all three peaks of the Eildon Hills, starting from Melrose. This was a difficult and steep walk and was far more effort than its five mile distance suggests. Worth it for the views, though, and we had plenty of wine as a reward.

On top of the first peak
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Monday, 13 May 2019

Rose Petal & Orange Wine - Fifth Bottle (3), 5th May 2019

Our week's holiday in May this year is Kelso in the Scottish Borders. We are staying in a splendid Georgian merchant's house that makes me feel like I am a member of the landed gentry. I have brought some of my best wine with me, and this was the first of my bottles opened. We had just returned from a 14-mile walk in the Cheviots and College Valley. Both walk and wine were excellent.

The house in which we stayed

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Blackcurrant Wine 2015 - Final Bottle (B5), 2nd May 2019

I opened this bottle on the Thursday before we went on holiday and made sure that I had a glass before going out to vote in the local elections. It was a difficult choice (who to vote for, rather than which bottle to open) and I spent many seconds in the voting booth before marking an X next to the Labour candidate. I am so against Brexit and Labour's policy is one of cowardice rather than leadership. But, these were local elections and the European ones are later in the month. I shall make my protest vote then.