Day four was spent at a company sales & marketing conference - which was fine, and I got to try some of our Burgundies side by side with the competition. I almost had a "Victor Meldrew" moment when a couple of our Marketing "luvvies" started prattling on about "what great value" a couple of our wines are - I understand perfectly what they meant but the wines concerned were £40 and £50 in the shops. I mean they are very nice but "value for money" to me isn't £40 a bottle. Predictably I drank responsibly until about 10 in the evening, and then irresponsibly for the rest of the evening, so the evening of Day Five was spent playing with Archie (a fourteen month old Westie) and sleeping.
Day Six was spent visiting a customer who wanted to moan about internet wine merchants; like I can help when they are prepared to supply on really narrow margins? Any visit to this customer involves "sampling" one or two wines - his definition of "sampling" is open the bottle and finish it. All I can do on these evenings is gamely work away at my glass and hope that some customers come in (they all generally get offered a sample) to take some of the load off. Of course it is churlish to complain when the two of us are "sampling" a good Brunello or some such that costs fifty or sixty quid in the store.
Anyway I probably spent all of about an hour a day over the last few days blocking in the 19 figures done so far - so I was hardly exerting myself. So, without further ado, here are some shots of the guys completed so far.
This is them on my rather cluttered painting desk - the sunlight coming through the window was rather washing these out so I moved to the PC desk: