Held, for the first time in tents in our backyard at Theale. And in our vineyard. Between the yard and the road - and railway - is our steep little vineyard. Despite passing it every day I'll bet that's first time many of our lot have been into it.
Justin had the bright idea of getting everyone to adopt a vine and donate a couple of quid to the Prince's Trust. Copper tags were purchased and everyone disappeared into this year's copious foliage to find and adopt their particular friend.
Apparently that little friend will now write to them regularly telling them how it's getting on.
We could expand this idea to customers, it occurs to me. But we'll need more than the 800 vines we have at Theale. Must have a word with Henry. He's got 20,000 at Marlow.
But he doesn't have any wine yet. We, on the other hand, toasted ourselves - we had a good year - with Theale 2004 Sparkling.
Excellent South African barbecue and paella from a firm called Go-Go's I think, from Windsor. Speech from Simon, very short thanks from me - was getting thirsty - and a good party. Rain held off.
What we chose to drink was;
Abbesse de Loire Sauvignon 2009
Scurta Vineyard Viognier Tamaioasa 2009
Millione Frizzante Rose NV
Kelly Country Shiraz 2009
Castillo del Ciego Rioja
Back to boat.