Thursday, February 28, 2008

Port, pigs and gin and tonic


Yesterday was another silly day of a silly week which is exactly how it should be. We may be adopting a pig at work for the purposes of annoying someone who has annoyed us. Well that and getting lovely bacon in a few months time. I think it's an often under-used insult.

'You sir, shall have a pig named after you.'

Or maybe it shouldn't be an insult because pigs are lovely animals. Anyway adopting a pig just might be the new craze sweeping London because everyone we mentioned it to wanted to adopt a pig too. Adopting pigs is so 2008.

On the way to the tube we (work person and I) walked past a wine merchant we know. So we thought we would pop into to say hello. We even said we wouldn't drink because we were both a bit broken from last night. Sadly there was a wine competition going on downstairs, or one had just finished. The place was running over with opened bottles of wine that were just going to be poured away. It would have been awfully rude to not drink.

So we started seeing if our palettes were up to much and while the rest of the table were saying things about 'full body' and 'simple texture so probably a New World wine' I could muster nothing better than 'this is probably a red wine' or 'it makes my tongue want to die'.

I know nothing about wine, I can hold my own about Champagne and could probably represent England in a blind gin taste test but wine. Well I can tell if it is red or white, but that is about it. Anyway, after about two dozen bottles I was struggling to even tell the colour of the wine. So we had some port.

After the port it seemed like an excellent idea to go to bar to for a gin and tonic to refresh the palette, which actually turned out to be a few gin and tonics to make our legs go numb. It always seems like such a good idea at the time.

9 comments:

Sarah said...

Oooh gin... gin is good. We made Damson gin last October.... best drunk when you don't have to go anywhere... bloody great stuff it is!

Gorilla Bananas said...

I disapprove of all this boozing. I only drink red wine in medicinal quantities.

Louche said...

Sarah - Have you got any left?

GB - It's all medicinal, I'm just very ill.

Amanda Castleman said...

Hendrick's! Hurrah! A friend recently got me hooked, which is a darn shame, considering the exchange rate these days...

Louche, you simply must compete for the golden cravat at the Chap and Hendrik's Olympiad 2008: "a most unusual sporting day where competitors are judged on style, wit, intellect and cut of trouser."

Louche said...

I've been trying to enter the chap Olympics for years but a strange chain of events always stop me from going. It's most puzzling.

Sarah said...

Sorry - not much gin left - hazards of a liverpool household I'm afraid!

Clair said...

Mr C bought me a bottle of damson gin for Christmas - do I drink it neat, or what?

Sarah said...

You do indeed drink it neat - although it is nice added to something fizzy... it's nice in homemade cider too... I've heard tales of people that eat the damsons when they have been extracted from the bottle, even I'm not that brave!

Louche said...

Clair, you should invest in a hipflask those dull days in the office will just fly by.