Our Wednesday afternoon a couple of weeks ago was cheered up enormously by a flying visit from Paul Symington. A more charming man it is hard to imagine, but not in a laid back, calm sort of way. ‘Ne Oublie’ – a very rare and very old release of a tawny port from barrels at the family’s Lodge in Porto.
For west Londoners tonight is Barnes Late Night Shopping evening, when the High Street will be buzzing and as usual the best mulled wine will be at Lea & Sandeman - come on down and enjoy the festive atmosphere - it's only going to be raining lightly, which, if this morning is anything to go, by means unnoticeably, especially if you have some of our famous mulled wine inside you.
Lea & Sandeman ‘old boy’ Will Lyons, now writing for the Wall Street Journal, has devoted this week’s column to the autumnal joys of Calvados – and brought out the worst in the WSJ headline punners –
Calvados’s Warm Charm
Why L&S 'Wine of the Week'? This wine was a unanimous favorite by all four Lea & Sandeman shops and just reviewed by Ben from our Barnes shop: ‘We re-tasted this terrific Gruner at the last generic Austrian Wine event a few weeks ago. A scintillating effort from a top-tier vineyard and producer.
Closing the shop on Christmas Eve (we are open until five tomorrow) is always a challenge and I may have to see if I can sneak off a bit early to get to my favourite carol service. The charm is worth it - the tiny thirteenth century St Philip's church of Little Rollright has no electricity, and so the rare services here are entirely candle-lit.