Wine Tasting

I have not managed a blog for a couple of days.  Last night I was out wine tasting at Vinopolis with some of my colleagues from work.  It was an expensive evening and not good value for money but it was interesting and a fun thing to do with a group of people.

It costs £29 which buys you 12 tokens and a tapas plate.  You start off with a talk and video about wine tasting which some took more seriously than others :-).  This is the lovely Cherry-Ann who was visiting from the Glasgow office and always livens the place up.

CA and the large glass

Inside Vinopolis, which is huge, there is lots of information about growing grapes and making wine.  The Vinopolis staff are knowledgeable and helpful too so you can chat to them about wine.

Vinopolis

There are information boards to read.Dessert Wines

Wine is grouped in to types and maintained at optimum temperature.  The wines have different prices/token values, mainly between 1 and 4.  So you can choose how to “spend” your 12 tokens.  I wanted to drive home from the station so I decided to be extravagant and mainly tasted expensive wines so I drank less.  By drinking vintage champagne, my glasses of fizz cost me 4 points so I only had 3 glasses.  Each glass was only 25 ml so no worries about being over the limit.

Wine dispensers

I enjoy dessert wines and this one was particularly good.  One advantage of my blog is that I can just look it up when I want to go and buy a bottle.

Sauternes tasting notes

 

Having swirled, slurped and enjoyed some interesting wines we adjourned to the tapas area.  Hi Cherry-Ann 🙂 .   The tapas was disappointing as it was really just a plate of fatty meat and some bread.  It was only enough to have been a starter in a restaurant so 10 of us headed out for a curry as we were all hungry.  So not a good eating evening but great fun.Cherry Ann with ham

Another reason I have not managed to blog this week is because I have a new job in a new office with new people so I have been coming home tired.  I still work for the same company but on a new project which is exciting.  I enjoy change and newness but it takes more effort so is always tiring to start with.

There is an EAT near by so I started in there today with a skinny latte and mixed berries, yogurt and granola.EAT breakfast

One good thing about a new office is a new area to explore.  I am North of the City near the Barbican.  It is much more residential round here then I am used to.Street near Barbican

Round the corner from the office is a market.  I was trying to not be too despondent that I was not pottering round Borough Market.Market near office

I bought lunch here at a Turkish stall.  You choose from a range of flat breads.Turkish breads

The one I chose was folded in half and stuffed with spinach which was then warmed on a hot plate.warming the wrap

It was then filled with lettuce, tomatoes, sweetcorn, saurkraut and Halloumi.  It was absolutely delicious.haloumi wrap

This interesting looking pub is opposite the office so I hope to have a chance to sample some of their wine soon.The Jugged Hare

I got home at 8:30 pm tonight and was still full from that huge wrap at lunch time so I made a very simple smoothie of banana, mixed berries and soya milk.

fruit smoothie ingredients

It was thick and pink and delicious.  thick pink smoothie

Not as enjoyable as the wine I had last night but certainly healthier.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to Wine Tasting

  1. Laura says:

    Hey, at least you threw healthy in there instead of getting more wine when you got up! 🙂

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