Lucky Vice

I was locked in a padded cell in a karaoke bar in Soho for two hours on Saturday night and learnt the following:

1. Girls Aloud is not as good karaoke material as you might think.
2. I Know Him So Well - with one playing Babs and the other Elaine - however, is very good indeed.
3. The end of Hey Jude (the na-na's) goes on for AGES.
4. Sex on Fire sung by seven mothers with eighteen children between them was probably not the cover the Kings of Leon had hoped for.
5. Next time remember to tell bearded-once-again husband if one of the children needs to be at a birthday party at 10am on Sunday morning and I'm not back from night away in time to take him myself.

This week's white in the fridge:
Yaldara Chardonnay 2008, £4.75, currently half price by the case from
Lots of people say they 'don't like Chardonnay'. This troubles me as chances are they've had one or two bad experiences with an over-oaked or utterly-butterly Chardonnay from Australia. Generally, Aussie Chardonnay is much more subtle these days but still with that unmistakeable brightness of fruit that a sunnier climate imparts. Try this one: peaches and nectarines jostle about together with a cream-soda quality to boot. A cuddle in a glass. 

Current red on the side:
Chateau Montesquieu 2007, £5,
This is a southern French red made from a cocktail of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan grapes grown in the Cotes de Rousillon region. Here, the sum of the parts is almost certainly greater than the wines would have been had they been made as stand-alone varietal wines. Blackcurrant, spice and nutmeg warm up the nose and come to life in the mouth. Sit the bottle open by the fire and see how the wine changes over the course of a few hours. Delicious.  

Cheers dears x

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