Shock! Horror...

My mother and I went to the cinema last night to see The Swedish Film With A Really Long Name, currently showing in cinemas (the type of cinema where you can take your glass of wine in with you, naturally). Now, I loved Wallander but TSFWARLN was a three hour version but without Kenneth Branagh. And the furniture wasn't nearly as fabulous. I got home: a storm raged outside, my husband was away and I was spooked due to the very dark material just witnessed on screen. Thankfully, I had an episode of Brothers & Sisters on pre-record to shift the mood and a Nancy Mitford chaser sealed the sleep-deal.

This week's white in the fridge:
Long Country Sauvignon Blanc 2009, £4/bottle, current half price case deal , http://www.tesco.com/
One of those evenings tonight when I raised my voice (ok, shouted) a bit more than I would have liked at the children. After school we had swimming lessons followed by fish & chips, usually a real treat. But tonight the boys fought all the way home in the car. My mother popped in to say goodnight to the boys and the baby, helped me get everyone to bed and then poured two glasses of this. Words cannot describe how delicious it was, but I'll give you a clue: lemon peel, gooseberry and a sense of calm. Buy it, an unbelievable bargain.

Current red on the side:
Classic Cotes du Rhone 2008, £4.99 (ish) on offer, http://www.waitrose.com/
Picked this up on an auto-pilot trip earlier this week. I slowed down just once, to browse the wine aisle. It was on offer and the label looked good, but 2008 was a bit of a washout for the Rhone. However, I was in the mood to take a chance. Don't tell me I don't know how to live on the edge. I'm happy to report the risk paid off, the wine is good. Bramble fruit, spice and a touch of pepper, nicely balanced with hold-it-together tannins. It won't win medals, but at under a fiver, I don't mind that. 

Sleep tight x

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