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.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Christmas Tutti Fruti - Bottle A2, 24th-25th March 2012

What a splendid bottle of wine, if I do say so myself. Fruity, smooth, well rounded. I think it one of my best, but suspect chances of replicating it are low. Still, there are another eight bottles to go.

I opened this on Saturday night, after a concert with the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra in Ilkley. The theme was French and we played in a church where the echo effect was on its full setting. The most exciting part of the evening, though, was not the music, but meeting a bass clarinetist who reads my blog. She said I look younger in real life and insisted I leave with a baguette. What's not to like?

Claire and I finished the bottle tonight to a roast shoulder of lamb which, on the whole, is chewier than leg. It has been a glorious day, full of digging, sunshine and spinach soup.


  1. Hello Ben. I've followed your blog for quite a while now and always enjoy reading your posts. I am completely disorganised, but one day the accumulative effects of reading about your winemaking exploits will inspire me to actually have a go... And it's nice to read about Yorkshire which is where I come from.

  2. Hello Chants Cottage. Lovely that you are following me (which always makes me think of stalkers). You must try wine making. Dandelion season is nearly upon us, though that is rather hit-or-miss. Rhubarb is a good one to start with, and that is coming up soon too. If you click on 'rhubarb' as a tag then you will find way down the posts my Rhubarb wine method for 2011. 2012's will follow in about five weeks. Or buy the book! Total sales so far: 207. Which, frankly, is disappointing. Particularly as my mother has bought about 175 of those. (I exaggerate.)