Thankfully it is only a short week, as this morning I am feeling more than a little weary, having hosted a small reunion supper for seven ex Lea & Sandeman employees, all of whom are still active in the wine trade in one form or another.
Well, we are off! The first runners in what promises to be the marathon of the 2010 Bordeaux Primeur campaign have been released, so that we are under way, even if, with Vinexpo this year, there’s the threat that the Firsts and maybe some others will delay releasing their wines until mid-June or later.
This year marked Verona's 45th annual wine trade fair, known as Vinitaly, Italy's largest gathering of winemakers and producers. Every year the fair gets bigger, with an ever expanding number of pavilions in what is already a very tight space, and the number of visitors from around the globe increases.
Having got married in June of last year my Kiwi wife and I went over to New Zealand a few weeks ago for a belated wedding party for the friends and family that couldn’t make it to our wedding in Scotland.
Antonio Galloni has been travelling round Tuscany this month, and is more than positive about his tasting at Fuligni.
Mervyn King is perhaps best known as an economist and of course Governor of the Bank of England, but is also incredibly passionate (and alarmingly knowledgeable) about both cricket and football, which perhaps explains his choice of team name in last night's Wine Society wine quiz, the 'Claret & Blue Lions'.
Two of Brunello’s finest producers have turned out wonderful wines in this great and highly acclaimed vintage.