It is not often you can say ‘I was there’ when talking about English sport – Rugby World Cup 2003, Sir Nick Faldo’s Major wins, Mo Farah’s Olympic Gold Medals…… there are more but not many . We think of Botham’s 1981 Ashes heroics, or the final day at Kia Oval when the Ashes were won some eight years ago, and you can now add the moment when Alistair Cook scored his final century on his final day in Test cricket having opened his account the same way all those years ago.
I arrived at the Kia Oval midday on the Monday with perfect timing to see the great event, and the boardroom was resplendent with cricketing and sporting heroes. Also sitting comfortably on the lunch table were Schalk Burger’s Hat Trick and Cricket Pitch wines, beautiful red blends with a hint of history and plenty of class. Somehow it seemed appropriate that two of Sporting Wine Club’s best were being enjoyed in the Kia Oval Boardroom by The Surrey Committee and their guests at the same time as all Cook’s on-field heroics, a proud moment.
Graham Gooch, a noble precedent to Alistair Cook both at county and National level, had regaled Sporting Wine Club members with his three wines the Shiraz, Viognier and Rosé only the week before. He delivered some special insights to Cook’s retirement and his character as a human being and as one of our best ever cricketers. One legend doffing his cap to another.
Let us not forget Jimmy Anderson’s superlative performance as a result of which we raised another glass to one of our sporting heroes who also supplies our wine club.
Meantime in the commentary box our third winemaking couple,’Beefy’ Botham and Bob Willis were acknowledging the greatness of the day.
To celebrate this incredible performance please do make use of our SWC gift boxes which can be one, two or three bottles – in this case any cricketing mix will attract a 15% discount. As will any cricket wine orders which are two cases or more. I am sure we are all in celebratory and giving mood! Please contact Alex@sportingwineclub.com to place your orders.
The Rugby season has started but it will certainly struggle to match the drama of this Test series and the cricketing summer as a whole!!