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It has been a while since last the blog was updated.  Various things have intervened – including children, snow and the recession.  But whilst the posting has been slow, the drinking has progressed at a solid rate.

The winter has seen a forray into relatively unknown parts, and grapes, of Portugal and South Africa.  But there are still a plethora of wine tourism destinations on our doorstep.  I am champing at the bit to get on the road again.  But in truth, they must wait until the weather is a bit kinder.

Nevertheless our trip to the County town of Lewes for Ruth’s birthday was delightful.  An overnighter (without children, thanks to Kirsty and Ben), that had some little gems for the wine lover.

Symposium – a  bijou, independent wine merchant-cum-coffee shop not far from the station on Lansdown Place,CIMG0152 was a good find.  Not a great big selection of Sussex wine: *disappointing*.  But their principle commitment appears to be to good quality wine for all budgets, which is very commendable. 

And it is certainly true that the premium wines of our fair downlands are at the pricey end. 

Why not check out their website www.symposium-finewine.co.uk.  They were super-friendly and the coffee was good.

And whilst I had known that Lewes is the home of the illustrious Harvey’s Brewery, I hadn’t known that Harvey’s has a brewery shop, and that it has a bit of a fine wine enclave within it.

IMAG0292This was also a welcome find, and there was some very delicious-looking red Graves in there, as well as row upon row of new world wines with tantalising descriptions.

But, as with Symposium, not very much Sussex fayre I’m afraid.  So it didn’t get the full complement of SWL stars.

Anyhow.  Lewes.  Comes recommended as a superb weekend getaway location by many more Tripadvisor-tastic than I. 

And if you do end up there feeling a bit parched – rest easy.  You can find a good glass of wine if you want one!

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