Every time I leave London, even if it’s just for a weekend and only an hour’s drive outside the city, I’m surprised at how different the rest of the country is from its capital, and how very beautiful. And each time I fall in love again… I’ve never regretted choosing the UK for my second home.
This time it was Henley-on-Thames that impressed me. It’s a really picturesque little town in Oxfordshire whose architecture goes back to the middle ages, but it’s probably best known for the Royal Regatta race on the River Thames. I spent weekend visiting my friends in their gorgeous new home (a 500 year old – new home!) which they have just finished renovating.
Those were very relaxing couple of days; which BTW is easy to achieve in Henley, because it’s such a beautiful town, with its cute town center, ancient buildings, and the majestic river slowly rolling through, bordered by green banks and pretty river houses.
During the weekends most people spend their afternoons by the river: sailing or strolling along its banks and sunbathing on the manicured lawns just made for a picnic. Henley is really great place to visit for a short break from London (and so close you can be there within an hour.
Laureatus Val do Salnés Albarino 2014 (@Dulwich vintners £12.50)
Something for the glorious weather we have at the moment. I checked Decanter magazine and this Albarino was mentioned as one of the best Albarinos from Rias Baixas so I decided to taste it myself. It really is as good as they say. Definitely great value for money and worth stocking up. Beautifully fragrant on the nose with ripe citrus such as tangerine, orange and lemon zest, with some herbaceous notes of fennel and asparagus. The medium bodied palate is creamy and lush with tropical fruits (pineapple and mango), lime tree blossom (Tila ) and touch of honey, while nicely balanced with the fresh of citrus and mouth watering acidity. Yummy!