8.34am, Tuesday 19th March, High Petergate, York, Yorkshire, England
Morning folks – and here’s the weather report for our day out and about ….. “There will be large amounts of dry yet cloudy weather, with only limited brightness. Outbreaks of mostly light rain, sleet and snow will occur – max temp 4 degrees C”. You really have to love the English – how optimistic is that! I’ll translate for you. This weather report actually says ‘another grey old dismal day and with any luck you’ll have the odd half hour to duck out and grab lunch / coffee / go to the post office without getting totally drenched, snow crusted, or blown away!’.
But onward we forge, in the endless quest to win hearts and palates for Yalumba – today we go from York to the Lakes District – home of Beatrix Potter and Cumberland Coloured Pencils – via Lancashire. First stop, the Stirk House Hotel in Gisburn. So wish us luck, here’s a look at yesterday
Field and Fawcett – our local retailer wholesaler in Yorkshire and parts nearby – thanks Peter and Catherine for waving the Yalumba, Barossa, Australian and New Zealand wine flag up North. ****All the action will be in their upstairs tasting loft this Thursday, for the sellout New World tasting with the charismatic expert on all things wine and vine related from the Antipodes – the mighty Matthew Jukes!
Long time Yalumba supporter Brasserie 44 in the RE developed inner city docks and narrow boat canals of Leeds – excellent views and one of the romantic dinner corners of the world…..thanks a huge amount!
Still in Leeds – our first masterclass, with Tom at Lazy Lounge – not only the ‘first wine bar’ in Leeds, but the winner of the Imbibe Magazine / Roederer 2012 Best Wine Bar Wine List in the United Kingdom . That was us doing our Yalumba stuff upstairs in the mezzanine whilst Tom did his champagne class downstairs. And the meat and cheese share plates….worth going just for those and the ‘watch out you’ll be swallowed whole’ couches. Very comfortable surrounds at the Lazy Lounge!