Marco@Millésime Bio 2015
Michel@Millésime Bio 2015
Ko-ed by ruptured quads to my knee
Unfortunately I am missing the 2018 edition of Millésime Bio because of slipping on black ice on 2nd January. My right leg went forward, while my left leg bent back underneath me. The wrench and my weight ruptured my quads from my left knee. This resulted in an operation and now 12 weeks of recovery. The first six weeks with my leg in a splint to keep the leg straight.
So instead of being in Montpellier tasting organic wines, I’m in Newtonmore in the Scottish Highlands. Naturally we needed some supplies, so a rapid order was placed with The Wine Society – one of the UK’s largest mail-order companies and based in Stevenage. Delivery was impressively speedy: order placed on Saturday evening with delivery here some 500 miles to the north on Tuesday.
Some details about The Wine Society:
History of the Society
Look back at the List
‘The Great Exhibitions
The Wine Society owes its existence to the Great Exhibitions of the mid-19th century.
For the last of these, in 1874, various countries sent large quantities of wine in cask to be stored in the cellars of the Royal Albert Hall where, to quote from an early history: ‘it entirely escaped notice from the visitors’. Portuguese growers, who had taken great efforts to present their wines, appealed for help.
At the behest of the British Government of the day, Major-General Henry Scott, one of the architects of the Albert Hall, along with R. Brudenell Carter, a distinguished ophthalmic surgeon (who subsequently sat on the Committee for 44 years and who wrote the early history referred to above) and George Scrivenor, a senior official of the Board of Customs, held a series of lunches to publicise the wines.
Many of their guests expressed an interest in purchasing wine, and General Scott proposed the setting up of ‘a co-operative company’ to buy good quality wines on a regular basis to sell to members.
Authenticity and quality
Thus it was that The International Exhibition Co-operative Wine Society Limited came into being.
The founding members’ aim, as now, was to buy wines direct from growers to ensure their authenticity and quality and to offer them to members at fair prices.
The Society grew gradually – whilst it welcomes new members, the aim is not to grow in size purely for its own sake – and by 1965 it was operating out of three separate cellars in London: one under the Palladium, one at Joiner Street under London Bridge and one at Rotherhithe (which flooded at high tide).
In 1965, thanks to the foresight of the then chairman Edmund Penning-Rowsell, The Society moved to more suitable premises in Stevenage, where all The Society’s operations have since been concentrated.’
Newtonmore and its surrounding mountains
First treat: La Ina
It is always reassuring to come back to a favourite and confirm that it is just as good as you remember. La Ina has long been one of my very favourite Finos – against stiff competition it has to be said. When we placed our recent order with The Wine Society we chose three Sherries – one of them La Ina. This fino has is very clean, precise, very well balanced with a touch of saltiness. Truly a real treat.
La Ina, Fino, Sherry
A second treat: 3C
From an old favourite to a newby:
The 3C Premium Selection – Cariñena 2013 is full of soft and delicious black fruits without being cloying with some very gentle tannins. A wine to be enjoyed with food or by itself chatting with friends. A good choice from The Wine Society.
A third treat – Le Perlé
Another of our treats from The Wine Society – 2016 Le Perlé, Esprit de Labastide, Gaillac. Very refreshing, crisp, lemony apéro – a blend of Loin de l’œil (local variety), Mauzac (SW France variety) and Sauvignon Blanc from the well established Cave Co-operative de Labastide. Dangerously easy to drink – although @ 12% relatively low in alcohol.