Of birthdays and blisters
You know your blisters are bad when they stop you visiting a sherry bar to celebrate your sherry blog’s first birthday. There I was in London, with Bar Pepito posting enticing pictures of sherry and tapas on Facebook, and the perfect excuse to have a celebratory copita or two – Criadera was one year old yesterday. However, as I ventured out to toast the blog’s anniversary – and the unveiling of the Tio Pepe sculpture in Jerez – it turned out that my feet had very different ideas.
So why the blisters? On Saturday, I did a marathon up and down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile along with three very good friends and an awesome support crew. That’s 13 times up a killer hill, thirteen times down (that was the good bit!) and running the gauntlet of the crowds on the busiest day of the Edinburgh Festival. Madness? Perhaps. But all for a very good cause – to raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. It was an incredible experience, and we raised over £1400.
If my feet were not willing to co-operate, how was I going to manage? I couldn’t let the day pass unmarked. Marks and Spencer came to my rescue, as they so often do. Just around the corner from my hotel, the shop was within shuffling distance, and it had its own-brand Very Rare Palo Cortado (made by Lustau) in stock. This wine is an absolute gem (and will be the subject of a blog about the M&S range in the autumn) – delicious Palo Cortado for only £7.49 per 375ml.
So I didn’t make it to Bar Pepito and I toasted the Tio Pepe sculpture with Lustau Palo Cortado, but I reckon they’ll both forgive me. And my blisters? Funnily enough they don’t hurt so much now!
As I sipped my sherry I thought about what a fantastic first year it’s been for Criadera – we’ve contributed to International Sherry Week and played a small part in the sherry revolution. Most importantly we’ve made great new friends and learned more and more about this wonderful family of wines. Thank you all our followers, friends, page likers and retweeters – without you, we’d just be talking to ourselves!
Cheers and here’s to the next year!