After a long time planning, A Celebration of Painted Wolves, UK is off to a flying start with Jeremy completing the first leg of his bicycle odyssey from Cornwall to Scotland.

The Painted Wolf wines pack has been working their fingers down to stumps, getting the whole thing up and running, but we could not have done it without the support of our distributors in the UK, North South Wines, the amazing wheelmen at Bespoke Cycling who have loaned Jeremy a very fine bicycle, our incredibly generous pack of artists and photographers who have donated works for our art auction and the Tusk trust, the beneficiary of funds raised in this endeavour.

Jeremy had a damp start to his journey with rain and wind making the ride from Tavistock to Padstow a little less than pleasant. However, there are always little pubs along the way to provide soggy cyclists with a bit of food and drink and the will to keep moving.

A side visit to Wines of Wadebridge made Jeremy’s day as he found our black pack Rousanne sitting on their shelves, just waiting to surprise and delight some lucky wine enthusiast.

Bin Two in Padstow was the location of the first wine tasting evening on Friday, and great fun was had by all.

On Saturday, Jeremy did a little 78 mile toddle to from Padstow to Crediton in Devon, where Grape and Grain was the spot for the second wine tasting.

One of the highlights of this weekend was the hospitality of Nick Mackman (ceramic sculptor) and her husband, Simon, who provided our Painted Wolf Peddler with a roof over his head and a tour of the amazing studio. Nick happens to be an enthusiastic cyclist, so she and fellow contributor, Nick Garbutt (wildlife photographer) and others joined Jeremy for 50 miles of one of his routes.

Our auction was barely 5 minutes old before Nick’s adorable wild dog pup sculptures had their first bids. Here are the Nick and Nick artworks:

This week is also a busy one. Jeremy is pouring wines at the London Wine Fair until Wednesday. He is also attending a few important evening functions, amongst them, a fund raiser for Painted Dog Conservation and the big one of the week – the Tusk 25th Anniversary dinner at Windsor Castle, which will also be attended by Tusk’s patron, Prince William.