Well on saturday we had a great day out. Got the train in from Harpenden. We arrived at Borough Market about 11.30.am. The market was fantastic the nearest thing I have experienced to a french market. Lots of samples from the stall holders. The atmosphere was really nice and everybody alike fellow shoppers and traders all seemed laid back and in a good mood. We bought some Comte cheese, as below:-
There was so much produce I would loved to bought some fish or even an ostrich egg. But as we were in town all day it was not really possible. We visited Neal's Yard Dairy, what a fantastic place there was a lady cheese maker there selling her unpastureised Stilton which cannot be called stilton but is called Stichelton. We bought some of that. We had a bite of lunch down by the river overlooking St Paul's which was very pleasant.
Before the wine tasting we had to nip into TWE for a little look. Colin very kindly let us have a sample of the Ardbeg quite young. Which is a 6.5 year old at 62.2 Vol. Colin put a bottle of Compass Box Flaming heart behind the counter for me.
Our MasterClass was at 3pm with Matt Skinner. There was about 70 people in the class. Matt was very interesting and spoke about many things to do with wine and winemaking. Ifound interesting this point. That you judge a wine not by the size of the dimple in the bottle or the weight of the glass, but by the reputation of the wine maker. We tried six different wines. 2 whites 1 rose 2 reds and a desert wine. We enjoyed this more than the Vinoplis experience which followed.
The Vinopolis experience was good but on a saturday afternoon was a bit of a bun fight. I would have preferred it if the there was less people there. That would have allowed for a more relaxed atmosphere and time to talk to vinopolis people about the wines. I have to say though that the variety was good with wines from China and Israel as well as the normal producing areas of the world that we see in the high street.
We finished off in the Bombay Sapphire Bar which was pretty cool. After that experience I think I will explore Gin Cocktails I think they do have their place. Very enjoyable.
Our last port of call was back to TWE. As you guy's have said you could spend hours in there. Matt and Colin are very hospitable and spend time with you which is great.
I made my purchases, in the meantime Mrs Les got speaking to Matt about Calvados and Coqnac. Matt very kindly gave us some Calvados to try then out came the big guns. 30 Year old Brilet Hor's D'age Coqnac which was just magnificent. Matt followed that up with a 50 year old Heritage. What can I say. I was going to buy the Hor's D' age. Mrs Les is more cautious than me. So that's on the shopping list for next month.
All in all what a great day. With an off peak travel Card and only £1 to park at the station on a saturday. Borough Market and TWE are definetly going to become regular visiting spots.
Also a big thankyou to all you guy's for the tips before we went. It really helped and pointed us in the right direction as to what to do and look out for.