A ‘not en­tirely un­drink­able’ vin­tage

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor - Mark Hedges

THANK you for your rather oblique and tongue-in-cheek trib­ute to re­tired ma­jors as be­ing an es­sen­tial striv­ing in­gre­di­ent lead­ing to this hal­cyon pe­riod of grace and beauty of to­day’s English wine (‘Eng­land in a glass’, May 24). My daugh­ter’s wed­ding seemed a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to palm off some of my re­cent rosé, of which the crit­ics had said ‘not en­tirely un­drink­able’. Per­haps it was un­wise to ask my son, Jack, to de­sign the la­bel—he felt that he ought to in­clude a health warn­ing, but, for­tu­nately, most of the guests weren’t clas­si­cists and thought that the wine might have spent some ro­man­tic time in a cave. Any­way, they con­sumed 60 bot­tles (it helps to cut off all other sources of al­co­hol) and Ron­nie and Flo steamed hap­pily into the sun­set. James Ar­buth­nott, Maj (re­tired) late the Black Watch (Royal High­land Reg­i­ment)

The writer of the let­ter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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