Month: September 2014

Selfridges Harry Gordon’s Wine Bar & Shop

One of my new favourite places in London, I adore this wine bar and adjacent shop found on the basement level of Selfridges on Bond Street.
The wine shop features a range of over 900 wines, arranged by country as well as three enomatic machines, allowing you to taste a selection of the finest wines and sprits.
Harry Gordon’s Bar is named after Selfridges founder and is an intimate space to relax and put your feet up after a hard day’s shopping. I was impressed with the wine list, in particular we really enjoyed the Beyra Branco from Portugal which really did sing of apples. The Chilean Viognier was also a winner, washed down with some moreish paprika flavoured popcorn. The table service was attentive but not intrusive. All in all a great little spot, I am just finding it increasingly difficult to leave the bar without a purchase from the wine shop on my way out!

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Wine Of The Week

I was pleasantly surprised to find this ‘Selected by Tesco’ Portuguese wine from the Douro Valley in my local Tesco Store.
In a few weeks I will be off to the Douro Valley region in Portugal for the first time, where I will be staying amongst the vineyards in my first European Vineyard Getaway, absolutely can’t wait!
So, in anticipation of my visit to this area I purchased this lovely bottle of wine. It’s undeniably reminiscent of the infamous port produced in the surrounding area with it’s sweet and rich flavour. I like the idea of enjoying this wine perhaps post Christmas, when the overindulgence of sweet port seems a little much, this is a lighter alternative but still very bold and rich in flavour.
I look forward to experiencing many more wines from this area in a few weeks time!

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Tesco Finest Douro 75cl
Grape- Tinta Roriz
Winemaker- Antonina Barbosa
Producer- Falua Sociedade de Vinhos

Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon

I’ve been meaning to write up this incredible event for a while now…with the move back to the UK and the new website to set up, the blog has been a bit neglected, but I am back in force with a shiny new format and plenty of wine related musings to post.

An incredible highlight of my last month in New Zealand was the Saint Clair Half Marathon which took place in the Marlborough Vineyards at the top of New Zealand’s South Island.
This is such an amazing event, for anyone interested in running, wine, or just looking for a good day out I highly recommend this event!
Highlights for me were receiving my trophy at the end of the course in wine bottle format- a lovely bottle of The Saint Clair Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, running through the stunning Cloudy Bay Vineyard at the 10k point, the refreshing Sauvignon Blanc gelato at 13k and the bagpipe players on the final end straight. The course was so scenic, running through the vines with the morning sunlight breaking through was beautiful. I can’t think of a more stunning course to run my first half marathon on.
A simply wonderful event- check out more info here:

http://vineyardhalf.com

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