If I’ve been very quiet for the past couple of weeks it’s because there has been a lot of swirling and spitting going on. It is the spring wine tasting season which for me means tasting about 150 wines, more if I can possibly manage, a day. Yes – Every. Single. Day. Only the best 5-10% of the wines that pass my lips make it through this sifting process to turn up in my columns or classes or on this blog. At some tastings the pass rate is even lower than that (Waitrose, where I tasted nearly 300 wines across two days, was a surprise disappointment last week, and as I usually count on them to nudge the average hit rate up, I’m nervously hoping it was just a blip). Anyway, after tasting all those wines, all the guy wine tasters go on to another tasting and then out for dinner. I basically come home and lie on the floor for a couple of hours sipping at tea. Then I go to bed. I do not drink alcohol.
So I was particularly pleased to take delivery of a big box of new water/home-made lemonade/elderflower cordial/Campari and soda/whateverwhatever glasses I had ordered online. I bought a few of these glasses last summer from Designers Guild and they have been much admired – but as DG immediately stopped stocking them I couldn’t buy any more. It has taken me a while to track them down but finally I’ve managed it. They’re beautiful, thin, light things, not so fragile as they look, made by LSA. The plain ones are called Gio tumblers and cost £2.30 each (these are the 310ml version). The ones with the green base are from the Coro range and cost £16 for a set of four (they are also made in blue and in berry colours but I like the leaf green ones the most).