Up again today, shock horror.
I had a bit of a different Saturday today. I started by paying a quick visit to the new teeny tiny Tesco’s that’s just opened on Coatsworth Road. It doesn’t have enough stuff to replace the big one in Gateshead for my usual weekly shopping trip, but it is nicely located for quick access to croissants for breakfast.
After breakfast and a few routine jobs, I did the usual shopping trip and came home for a bit of lunch before heading into Newcastle for the Naked Wines tasting event, which I’ve been looking forward to since it was announced. I’ve been to events organised by Virgin Wines and Laithwaite’s, and was expecting something similar, but it turned out to be a lot better. The way these things usually work is that there are tables around the edge of the room with people behind them who pour small measures into your glass. Naked Wines adopted a different approach. The tables were side-on, so you could get on both sides of them. Staff and winemakers were on hand to talk about the wines (or just chat), and customers were free to pour their own measures. Woo hoo!
There were 100 wines on offer, so there was no chance of trying more than a selection, but I did make a good effort, and tried some I hadn’t had before (I made a point of not tasting the ones I already knew to be good). The deal was that if you ordered at least 12 bottles, the cost of the ticket (a quite reasonable £15) would be deducted from the bill, and I did indeed order some wine, which I’ll get some time next week.
While I was there, I enjoyed a nice selection of cheeses from a company who had a table there – all good stuff, and I really should have made a note of their name, but never mind.
No fresh photographs today, but here’s a bit of art I caught with my iPhone on High Bridge earlier this week:
I like that a lot.