12.47pm, Tuesday 12th March, Front Bar, The Albert Arms, Esher, Surrey, England, UK
Howdy folks, we had to abandon our planned day of tastings with the lovely folks at Hennings Wine Merchants down West Sussex way. After the second police road closure in front of us because of the drifting snow and vehicle accidents, we decided to head north and back to London.
The number of cars and trucks at funny angles along the side of the road helped enormously in our decision making – which we did over a nice quiet moment and a cup of service station coffee.
So on the way back up to London, we pulled in to the village of Esher, in Surrey, where our good mate Jonny Donne has a pub called The Albert Arms, and is doing magic things with beef – Longhorn and Hereford – and our 2010 Scribbler Cabernet Shiraz by the glass.
Me personally, I’m relieved to not be in a snow drift and thrilled to be parked in front of one of Jonny’s Steak and Ale Pies – with mash and extra gravy. So much safer! But please stay with us Hennings – we’ll be sending out a bottle of the 2010 Scribbler to all 15 people signed up for the Chichester masterclass tonight … and we will do the whole thing properly next trip. Cheers from Sunny Surrey – still frosty and 3 degrees C, but safe!