Wine Tasting, Casa Silva, Battle of Bosworth and more

Wednesday 12th September 2012

It is now just a week since we held a Charity fund-raising wine tasting in Dadlington Village Hall. Thanks to all who attended and contributed to the £150.00 we raised for Cancer charities, as well as to the atmosphere of friendship and joy which was only partly engendered by the excellent wines we tasted.

Thanks also to Johnny Bingham of Jackson Nugent Vintners Ltd. (Jackson Nugent website – click to open) who took time out to join us and explain the work he has done with Casa Silva in Chile and provide detailed guidance on their wines.

During the evening we provided an opportunity for two McLaren Vale giants to be tasted head-to-head. We pitched Joch Bosworth’s 2008 Shiraz/Viognier against Chester Osborn’s 2008 Laughing Magpie Shiraz/Viognier and by general agreement Joch won on this occasion! However, Chester fought back by obtaining overall more orders for his wine range on the evening, so maybe we should call it an honourable draw rather than risk a full-scale Battle of Main Road!

Perhaps inspired by this Dadlington battle, we hear this morning that the remains of Richard III may have been found in nearby Leicester, whence he was carried after defeat just down the road from Dadlington in August 1485.

Richard III dig team finds bones. (click to read BBC story)

We’ll raise a glass of Joch’s excellent wine to him at dinner tonight and encourage you all to do the same.

Keith and Jacqui Morton