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Xmas antics

I managed to do all of my Christmas shopping on Wednesday evening, by being very focussed and limiting myself to a couple of shops. The only downside was that my basket in Robert Sayle added up to a frightening amount. It cost no more than it would have done if I’d shopped here and there, but in one transaction…

The rest of the night was spent wrapping everything up and building boxes to send north. I survived only by slowly sipping a lovely half bottle of 1976 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese made by Weingut Albert Gessinger. A gorgeous drop of honeyed riesling, almost 30 years old, from that very hot summer.

1976. I was ten. An amazingly hot summer in the Uk and in Holland. We had great times at the beach in Scheveningen and at an inland lake whose exact location and name escapes me. Hosepipe bans galore in England but I don’t remember restrictions in Leidschendam.

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Dessert wines

Debenhams suits as described by Graham, and an excellent tasting of dessert wines. Glorious eiswein but £25 for 0.37cl is a bit dear. The Sauternes was good but I’d rather spend the money on a Balzac. Graham was very taken by the French and Catalan fortified reds, very interesting! The Tokaji was fab too – we might ask Peter and Omar to get us some as a wedding gift.

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Sadly David was ill so he and Heiko had to cancel. Instead we had an impromptu dinner with Polly & Patrick. I made up my own roast butternut squash and ginger soup, and it turned out delicious. Lovely slow shoulder of lamb, courtesy of the Two Fat Ladies but modified for the clay pot. Graham’s fruit salad with naughty biscuit curls from M&S. It was a lovely to catch up with my cousin.

Patrick brought a lovely bottle of Gigondas and we followed it with The Black Stump Durif Shiraz, both going really well with the rich lamb dish.

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