Last night several of the judges@the Decanter World Wine Awards met up for an evening in Terroirs, a fashionable wine bar near Charing Cross. To start the evening with distinguished wine writers:Andrew Jefford (now returned from his year in Australia), John Livingston-Learmonth (King Rhône and betting-aficionado extraordinaire), Anthony Rose (wine correspondent for The Independent) and Giles Macdonogh (author of many books on wine and history).
Then a couple of reds: juicy, easy drinking 2009 Vin de Petanque de Libian from the Mas Libian in the Coteaux de l'Ardèche and a fine and characterful 2008 Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, Brouilly from Jean-Claude Lapalu.
Most of us shared a generous selection of charcuterie including salami, duck rillettes and a paté of pork and pistachio nuts. For main course I had a very good boudin noir with a couple of fried eggs, mousserons and baby broad beans.