For once everyone
was on schedule as the SWINES wagon moved around the island
picking up members, even the invited lucky three girls from
Black Cat Bar in Lamai were waiting on time.
As the SWINES
settled down in their private sala up the mountain, some
cleansing ales were dispersed while awaiting Tony’s arrival.
Alec invited his English mate John who was greeted by the
Countess in her normal fashion and the tastings began with
her quote “Better an old wine than an old woman”.
Six wines were
sampled but somehow Tony and Andrea scored seven as proven
by the pic with Alan showing their score sheets. Just to
remind all they were in the forest, a swarm of midgies
attacked Squall and Tony leaving the others alone.
Sommelier Alec held back enough of each wine to be sampled
and scored again at the sea level site at Ban Talay.
1st with 170
points was the 2007 Peppermint Grove, a shiraz from
Australia just 1 pt from the 2nd the Italian 2008 Negaro
Amaro, 3rd a 2009 Flamingo Bay, 4th Rosso Campeco, 5th Mundo
Ignoto and the last was a Merlot Barton & Guestes with just
Many thanks to
Lindsay and Estelle for hand-carrying the winning wine from
Oz the previous month.
JUNE 16 2011
With the arrival of Lindsay on
his annual visit, five SWINES headed South to Lamai to pick
up the lucky damsels for their chance of a lifetime and join
them for their 88th winetasting. True to form, all the girls
were still in bed so too bad, it was carry on up the
mountain to The SWINES own private sala/gazebo.
This day 15th June was also
Bill and Ollie’s birthday and as two of the wines were hand
carried from Margaret River Australia, the blind tastings
were going to be put the SWINES’ palates to a good test.
Sommelier Alec decided to
score the wines twice, the second scoring with the remainder
of each bottle having had time to breath.
After the first scorings, the
group headed down to sea level and set up at the very
private Riverside Restaurant situated at the Na Muang
Waterfall stream’s ending to the sea, a very scenic and
quiet, peaceful oasis far away from the noises of Chaweng.
Scoring 1st place was a
Flamingo Bay from Sth Africa, 2nd was Lindsay’s Woodlands
Margaret River, 3rd Rooks Lane, 4th Castano from Spain and
last, Squall’s cleanskin, a shiraz from Margaret River.
This year the Samui Regatta had a layday and so seven sailors, Henry
Kaye, Dave Yourieff, Jock Cromie and crews decided to have a
winetasting and headed for the hills.
First stop was Il Muilino owned by the objectionable Salvatore and
his angry Thai binte and true to form, after ordering Baht 4000
worth of breads, cheeses and hams, the lads were told to wait
outside in the 40 deg. heat.
Squall had sworn never to return so stayed in the truck sipping cold
beers, then it was off to pick up three lucky waitresses from
Lamai’s Black Cat Bar. First stop at the SWINES private gazebo at
700 m. with panoramic views to the South and three wines were tasted
and judged, then down to the Na Muang Waterfall to Zorba’s chicken
BBQ. Here three Rose’s were sampled and the girls wolfed down their
favourite dishes of somtam and gai yang.
Scoring sheets were tallied at the charming driftwood beach bar on
the lagoon at Hua Thanon. Squall’s younger brother Roy was along
with his Margaret River red, but it only scored second to the
Russian guests were here, a SWINES evening to the lady Thai boxing
in Lamai was arranged on the Saturday night.
boredom between bouts, Squall taught the Russians how to shoot
spitballs into the backs of heads of tourists, especially middle
aged men with ponytails.
WINETASTING #86 MARCH 2011
Five SWINES decided to break out and stage winetasting no.86 at the
Na Muang waterfall where six reds were on the table accompanied by
Zorba’s tasty Isan fare of grilled chicken, moo larb and somtam.
The Countess was in great form and as usual not only
dominated the table but found time to dash off to kiss an Ethiopean
tourist and flirt with Zorba.
When wine no.2 was asked to be opened, Alien
inexplicably tore the blind wrapping off by mistake and was suitably
jeered and reprimanded by the table.
By the time wine no.5 was produced, Squall’s eyes
were glazing over from the Countessa’s constant demands of “listen
to me “! “Do you hear what I say”! and “do you know what I mean”?
and began looking at his watch.
Zorba was invited for a glass and offered some
incredible small sweet sour jungle mangoes. Mike took charge of the
scoring as it threatened to derail, when bottle no.6 was opened as
no.2 early on.
As the last wine no.6 was being enthused on by all,
the conversation changed to A Russian topic where Alien blurted out
a memorable “ I went and visited St. Paedophile once”.
The winning wine Vistana was judged the winner and
at Baht 800 was just Baht 100 cheaper than the Wolf Blass that only
scored 4th. Mike was the only one to correctly choose both winner