8.23am, Monday 20th September, Borough Market, London, England, UK
It’s a busy morning out there on the streets of London as folks are hustling off to work, and I have two more stops on last week’s roadtrip to get done before we head off this morning.
Roadtrip Stop 3: Avery’s of Bristol
First, we had to get from Dittisham in deepest Devon to Bristol. There we were yet again belting through nothing more than cart tracks – alongside streams with solid ancient stone mills, farmyards and pubs. As we flew by The Maltsters Arms and The Watermans Arms, it occurred to me that those two might be nice to “fall into” one night. Through oak and elm tree tunnels, where the road is only inches wider than one car – then we met up with a milk truck – bumper to bumper front on! He moved quicker in reverse than forward, and ducked into a farm driveway – obviously done that a million times before – and we were on again. Back onto the motorway and into the centre of Bristol, just around the corner from the dock that displays the old SS Gt Britain, and opposite the Olde Hatchet Inn (est 1606) ….we slid into the carpark at Avery’s – Bristol’s Oldest Wine Merchants est 1793.
Avery’s are set up in a series of vaulted ceiling, thick stone wine cellars, and they have been in this location since opening. We go back a long way with Avery’s, and whenever we have anyone in England, we always do something with them. This trip for me, it’s a catch up with the manager – Sam Stephens and his offsider Rosie – and a tasting with the Wild Ferment Chardonnay, FDR1A Cabernet Shiraz, Hand Picked Mouvedre Grenache Shiraz, Bush Vine Grenache, Pewsey Vale Contours Riesling, and Botrytis Viognier. If you’re in Bristol, you should drop in and check out their ‘permanent tasting table’ on Saturday mornings – and now there’s an added bonus as the local cheesemonger Trethowans joins in with a selection of local cheeses. Good option and a chance to talk wines around the world with nice folks.