That was the week that was July 24-31

That was the week that was July 24-31

Hi everybody,

Not a lot to report this week – lots of people on holiday – no significant wine tastings, so I took the opportunity to see a wonderful production of Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne. We had an interesting Malvasia fizz (red) and a Saint Macaire white Sauvignon from Ch. Cinc Hilhs with our picnic which accompanied our asparagus and cod with ratatouille perfectly.

The highlight wine of the week, though, was a 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon from Turnbull Vineyards at Oakville in the heart of the Napa Valley. This had certainly stood the test of time and was utterly delicious with Sonia’s best end neck of lamb. Turnbull is not considered one of the “great” Napa wineries, but it is solidly well-priced. Jon Engelskirger, a tall, unassuming man, was the winemaker at the time and has left a wonderful legacy which the winery should be proud of.

Jon is now doing his own thing at the Tres Sabres Winery and both estates seem to be going from strength to strength with Turnbull now reaching a 100 point score from Robert Parker for its Fortuna Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Reports may be scant from me over the next week or so. I am moving house and I have already found out that my phone company has screwed up the migration of the phone line so I could be without internet for a couple of weeks.

Happy drinking, happy eating and happy traveling to all of you



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