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Dryathlon - this is almost too easy

Apart from the obvious - I rather like wine and would prefer to be able to enjoy a glass here and there - I have not had any problems with not drinking over the last 134.5 hours. That said, I was given strict instructions last night not to mention the W word between 6pm and 8pm. This is, apparently, the critical period when a glass before dinner, whilst the children are otherwise engaged, or with the food itself, are, well, just expected. Still, only a little over 600 hours left!

The big hurdle comes tomorrow when I will be presenting wines to the wine committee of Trinity College. No tasting for me, I fear, lest I should be tempted. Anyone who has already donated or has promised to do so once I complete this task can rest assured that present at the tasting will be someone who will be happy to report back my success or otherwise.

The wines for tomorrow are:

White wines                                                                                                                         
1.      LANGHE BIANCO Nada Giuseppe 'Armonia' 2012                                               
         50% Arneis, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Favorita, 10% Pinot Bianco 

2.      CAIRANNE-CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES Domaine Brusset 2012 'Les Travers'                   
30% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc, 20% Roussanne, 10% Marsanne, 10% Viognier
3.      CÔTES DU RHÔNE Raymond Usseglio 2012 'Les Claux'                                                         
         50% Grenache Blanc, 30% Clairette, 20% Roussanne

Red wines
4.    GIVRY 1er CRU Domaine Joblot 'Cellier aux Moines' 2011                                                       
       Pinot Noir

5.    BARBARESCO RISERVA Nada Giuseppe 'Casot' 2008                                                           
       Nebbiolo

6.    ROERO Fabrizio Battaglino 'Sergentin' 2009                                                                            
       Nebbiolo

7.    BAROLO Tenuta Serradenari                                                                                               
Nebbiolo

8.    CÔTES DU RHÔNE Xavier Vignon '100%' 2010                                                                         
         Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Vaccarèse, Cournoise with 5% Roussanne/Viognier            

9.    RASTEAU Domaine des Côteaux des Travers 'Prestige' 2009                                                
         50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre

10.   CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE Château Capucine 2009                                                             
Grenache

11.   CÔTES DU RHÔNE Christophe Coste 'Les Ombres' 2007                                                       
Syrah

12.   CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE Raymond Usseglio 2005                                                                
         80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 6% Syrah, 2% each Cinsault and Counoise

13.   MADIRAN Domaine Berthoumieu 'Charles de Batz' 2008                                                            
         90% Tannat, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

14.   CAHORS Château du Cèdre 2008                                                                                            
       90% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 5% Tannat     

So, anyone in doubt of the sacrifice I am making should now understand.

I have just realised it is Twelth Night so does that mean I have only 19 days left? I thought not.

I reached the nominal £500 target for donations today so have increased this now to £750. Please donate if you can - it's for one of the very best causes around!


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