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, 31 March 2015

Redcurrant Wine - Fifth Bottle (A2), 25th-27th March 2015

After a couple of bottles of Redcurrant that were entirely drinkable, this bottle reverted to mustiness. It was not dreadful, but I would have sent it back had it been served in a restaurant. I poured a large glass for each of us following WYSO, which was entirely taken up with Mendelssohn. Claire had a good portion last night whilst I was playing trios with Pat & Peter. Then I pretty much finished the bottle tonight, leaving the chewy bits at the bottom, while listening to the News Quiz. All in all, an entirely unremarkable bottle of wine.

(NB - I have written some dull posts in my time, but I think that is the dullest. Many apologies.)

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Prune & Parsnip Wine - Second Bottle (B1), 21st-22nd March 2015

Claire handed me a glass of Prune & Parsnip wine the instant I stepped through the door on Saturday night. Music Club had overrun and the first half had been the dreadful, dreadful orchestra, so my need was great. We then shared the bottle in bed, discussing 20 Bentcliffe Drive, which we had visited for a second time earlier in the day. It was a proper, serious discussion, helped along by the wine, starting with what we liked about the house (all the unchangeables), moving onto what we didn't like (all the things that can be changed) and then whether to make an offer and what offer to make. I felt like a proper adult, and we both came to the conclusion that this was the house for us. It led to a restless night.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Blackberry Wine - 21st Bottle (C5), 20th-21st March 2015

What a fabulous bottle of wine. This reminds me why blackberry is my favourite flavour. The first mouthful was pure, sweet fruit. I opened it after an excellent day with my colleagues, spent in a minibus driving round West and North Yorkshire looking at sites we might buy. There were bacon sandwiches and a partial solar eclipse thrown in too. The cloud lifted briefly for the latter and, ignoring all warnings, I looked directly at the Sun to no ill effect.

Claire finished the bottle while I was at Music Club playing in a god-awful orchestra, murdering light music. The second half was much better, but went on too long.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Elderflower Wine - Sixth Bottle (B2), 18th-19th March 2015

This bottle began life as a post-WYSO snifter. It is our concert in a week and a bit, and Wednesday was our last go through Schumann's First Symphony before the day. It was alright - which also serves as a description of this eldeflower. Floral, fragrant, a teensy bit bland.

We finished the bottle on Thursday. I spent some of the evening helping Rory move out of his student digs into a private (but still very studenty) flat. He has been plagued by undergraduates since September, with their continual partying, and it has affected both his work and health. The move only took two car-loads, and then we went to the Chemic to drink beer and watch a man play with his dog.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Christmas Tutti Fruti - Third Bottle (A4), 15th-17th March 2015

Having had more than plenty to drink on Saturday night, I was very nearly in two minds about opening a bottle on Sunday. I chose Christmas Tutti Fruti as one that is Fine but short of Delicious, and we did not finish it. The afternoon had been taken up by an Airedale rehearsal. Playing the bassoon when deaf in one ear is a strange and distressing event. It was difficult to know whether I was in tune and my tone felt tinny. Not an experience that I recommend. Happily my doctor's appointment was Tuesday and the wax came out. I produced something the size of a pea from both ears and immediately felt as if I had bionic hearing. Tuesday night saw the bottle finished in celebration.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Elderberry Wine - Sixth Bottle (A-something), 14th March 2015

This bottle sat unopened on Christian and Kate's mantelpiece, and is probably still there. I brought it to the Feast in Hebden Bridge, but more wine would have been a mistake. I have written in my post below about that, though, and the other exciting thing about Saturday is that we may have seen a house to buy. It is on Bentcliffe Drive, is a little bit ugly in an interesting, quirky way, has a large(ish) blank canvas garden and feels like it might be right. Now I can expect several nights of interrupted sleep as I feel just a little bit excited.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Julia's Wine - Redcurrant 1995, 14th March 2015

This was a thin, sherry-like wine, and more than that I cannot remember. Oh, there were large lumps in the bottle, which meant the wine was not finished. The reason that I struggle to remember is that we were having a Feast at Christian and Kate's, and between us had drunk far too much wine already. Certainly the six of us had polished off three bottles of Prosecco before the starter. It was a wonderful evening with fabulous food and great company. However, it all remains a bit of a blur.