September 15, 2010

ARSE 2: The People

By Andrew Barrow In Articles, Tasting Reports

arse 2 relaxing on coombe hill

An odd lot are bloggers. You would assume intelligent but some are disgracefully bad at even making the right railway station let alone getting on the right train! πŸ˜‰ (My fault apparently that Chiltern Railways switched platforms). The more awake/non-hung-over invitees did make it out to the Chilterns in time for a little light ARSE play – that’s Andrews Really Secret Event, number 2 as it happens. And frankly if you don’t like the acronym then these little events are not for you.

The first was in the Naval Club in London with Riccardo Prosecco and a bring-a-bottle tasting. ARSE 2 was a picnic on the highest point of the Chilterns with stunning views across the Aylesbury Vale. Not that anyone apart from me and some helpers knew this, nor the weather which, after a glorious week, turned to wind and rain for the first half of the day.

So the plan to walk up the hill worked OK despite getting lost in the woods. That WAS my fault. The late arrivals escaped this pre-tasting exercise and were ferried up by car. (Though this came with a price – carrying the final supplies across the hill to our little tasting area).

For some reason plans for a video shoot were forgotten and I hardly took any still photos at all! Nor did I eat much, or even get to try all the wines! Ooops.
Of the wines we began with a selection supplied by Nick of Bordeaux Undiscovered. Two sparklers, two whites, two rosΓ©s and two reds – all bar the latter served blind. Food was next – delicious homemade cakes crafted by Tasha Karalsinggam after a selection of salads, meats and so on from Waitrose Entertaining. There were also three cheeses I picked up from my local deli and two pies from my local butcher (Game and Pork and Leek). All this washed down with a Hardy’s Pinot Grigio and a bag-in-box Shiraz-Cabernet.

The final wine selection comprised an Australian red from Waitrose and three whites from Oddbins. (Wine specifics saved for another post).
The ARSE concept – in addition to providing a little mystique in not knowing the format or exact location and a little juvenile play with the acronym (“I kiss you on both cheeks”) – is to make wine tastings fun, more social and open them up to non-bloggers/non-wine experts/non-tweeters. So, in addition to my friends (many thanks again for helping out), we were joined by husbands and friends to add to the social mix. I hope all enjoyed the day.

arse2 group shot

Participants list

  1. Ailbhe (Alva) Phelan –
  2. Andrew Barrow –
  3. Andy Thomas –
  4. Denise Medrano –
  5. Dimas Perkasa
  6. Letitia Perkasa
  7. Eben Upton
  8. Giordana Goretti
  9. Jeanne Horak –
  10. Juel Darkely – /
  11. Liz Upton – /
  12. Niamh Shields –
  13. Nick Druiff
  14. Phil Blyth
  15. Siva Karalasinggam
  16. Tara Devon O’Leary
  17. Tasha Karalsinggam

arse2 coombe hill
arse2 cake!

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  1. Matt (BoozeMonkey) September 15, 2010

    Where was my invite?

  2. Sarah September 15, 2010

    I’d love to come to the next one!

  3. The London Foodie September 20, 2010

    What a great day, pity I was returning from Portugal that evening. Hope to join you for Arse III, The Revenge!
    Luiz @ The London Foodie

  4. Andrew September 20, 2010

    A shame you couldnt make it Luiz as it turned out to be a great day. Next time for sure!
    Sarah and Matt – you are now on the offical, secret, list. Don’t tell anybody!

  5. The Winesleuth September 21, 2010

    ok Andrew, for the last time, it’s DENISE, not DENSIE, unless you’re trying to not-so-subtley tell me something? πŸ˜‰

  6. wine_scribbler September 22, 2010

    eh? sorry, it is just a slip of the typing fingers – I often seem to type too fast and manage to exchange two letters…

  7. Jeanne @ CookSister! September 23, 2010

    Holy moly Andrew, how long have I known you?! My surname is HORAK! Densie and I are going to have to come over there and break your fingers to improve your typing!! (and BTW, Nick is Druiff… he won’t take kindly to being an extension of me, hahahah!)
    Thanks for a FAB day – enjoyed it very much despite the hangover. Think the walk up the hill might have finished me off in my state!! I guess this means I have to post my write-up sometime soon, eh?? πŸ˜‰

  8. Andrew September 23, 2010

    ho hum…