Sir Nick Faldo – Personal Collection

Sports and booze – it’s not normally a good mix. Except when sportpeople move into making the stuff. Vijay Armitraj, whom we’ve spoken to elsewhere on this site, launched a couple of wines from India, likewise golfers: Bernie Els, makes very good wines, Greg Norman is making wines in Nappa and now Sir Nick Faldo has joined the throng, putting his name on a range of wines, celebrating the countries of his major wins. The wines were put together by Milton Sandford Wines and were launched with RandR Teamwork at Searcy’s Urban Coterie in London.

We went to meet Sir Nick and check out the wines, which were really excellent!

Wine Tasting Sir Nick Faldo's wines

Wine Tasting Sir Nick Faldo’s wines

Wine Tasting Sir Nick Faldo's wines

Wine Tasting Sir Nick Faldo’s wines

Wine Tasting Sir Nick Faldo's wines

Wine Tasting Sir Nick Faldo’s wines

Wine Tasting Sir Nick Faldo's wines

Wine Tasting Sir Nick Faldo’s wines

Wine Tasting Sir Nick Faldo's wines

Wine Tasting Sir Nick Faldo’s wines

Wine Tasting Sir Nick Faldo's wines

Wine Tasting Sir Nick Faldo’s wines

Wetherspoon’s World’s Biggest Real-ale Festival

We’ve all been to Real-ale festivals, big and small; and we thought that CAMRA’s offering a few months ago at Olympia in London was pretty impressive. It was big but, depending on how you measure these things, it wasn’t the biggest: Wetherspoons are claiming that crown with festivals in every one of their pubs simultaneously, which, when added together, probably does make the biggest in terms of number of pints on offer, although not by range of ales. Still, this is not a time to be churlish nor an opportunity to be missed – I’d say a beer festival is never an opportunity to be missed – so I took a camera crew of students from Barnet College to my local Wetherspoon pub, the Tally Ho in North Finchely, to see what was going on. The students did fine. Considering …

Vijay Amritraj Reserve Wines Launch party

Grover Zampa joined forces with tennis legend Vijay Amritraj to bring out two wines from their vineyards in Bangalore, southern India.

They chose Vijay’s annual Wimbledon Summer party at the St James’ Court Hotel – a Taj hotel to launch them. This glamorous even was attended by stars of the worlds of tennis and wine and a splendid time was had by all.