Day 84 Toilet Extension

Rain stopped and sun made a brief appearance.

I surveyed the mud bath. The dumper truck is making such massive ruts and the ground is too sodden to complete the second wheelchair ramp for the time being. Certainly wheelchairs would not be able to proceed down the lawn to the vineyard!!!

Rain Rain Rain

Rained all night. Ground too sodden for builders. Ahhh! I need this work finished. The Swithland Church Mens Group visit (orininally Monday) has been postponed.

I have busied myself in delivering more wine to David Norths delicatessen up the road. This is their third delivery of Fearless in one week. Apparently Fearless is the number one choice of present for Fathers Day. Then I took advantage of a break in the rain to pick elderflowers. De-stemming them is going to take me about 18 hours. Well, I had better get started….

23Wine&Whiskey

Feeling tremendously proud. Prestigious Leicester off-licence is selling every single one of my wines. The team at 23Wine&Whiskey on Granby Street are really knowledgeable and take pride in sourcing quality local produce. Cannot wait for feedback as to sales.

Link Hotel

Took my first order of wine to the Link Hotel in Loughborough. Received a warm welcome by manager Alun Pomfrett, and shown round. Great facilities for meetings, so must tell the vineyard association. Really proud that they are selling my wine.Link Hotel - Front

All action pruning

With the improved weather there has been an onslaught on the pruning. Aided by volunteers Laura, Paul, Clive and Michelle, 12 rows have been “done” with 29 still to go. Eeeek! We are now in a race against the improving weather and bud swell with the evil spring frosts lurking. We must get those secateurs moving, and the bonfire (I do have a licence) burning!!!!!

 

Wonderful Afternoon with Lilu Restaurant

The talented Lilu restaurant team arrived for a vineyard tour and wine matching with their food. Renowned wine blogger, Laura Hadland, accompanied them and our wines passed the crucial Hadland test. Phew!! The food was just lovely and we spent a convivial couple of hours debating which wines accompanied which foods best. It is great to promote Leicester cuisine and to get people out of the “pork pie and Stilton” box. Asian cuisine is one of Leicester’s great secrets that deserves wider recogn

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Labels Conference

Liz attended a conference about bottle labelling put on by BBFI (Brewing, Food & Beverage Suppliers Association) in Leicester. Whilst most talks were focused on beer, there were many issues applicable to wine bottles. Interactive workshops were fun, and really useful ours contained a graphic designer! See our group’s contribution in photo. Whole event was well organised and I hope they will repeat it next year.