On the fringe...

I love putting pretty hairclips in my daughter's hair, sweeping her long fringe to one side and sweeping the enforced-genderism-at-such-a-tender-age argument to the other. It's a hairclip, FFS. Anyway, point is with two boys I'd only really considered childrens' haircuts in terms of nit prevention. Not so with the baby girl: she has lovely hair, long enough to need aforementioned hairclips to keep it out of her eyes. At least it was until - unsolicited - my mother cut it, understandably thinking she was being helpful. Whilst waiting for it to grow back, I could dig out my old Girl's World styling head if I get desperate. If only I hadn't given her an unsolicited haircut too.

Current white in the fridge:
Stork's Tower Sauvignon Blanc/Verdejo 2008, £5.99, Tesco
Spain does aged red wines and young, vibrant rose wines better than most. However, really good Spanish whites are a bit harder to find. Here's one that mixes a traditional Spanish variety (Verdejo) with an internationally known & grown one (Sauvignon Blanc). In fact, the wine has been made by a Spanish and New Zealand winemaking team from grapes grown in the Castilla Y Leon region. It is a modern, fresh take on Spanish white with gorgeous grapefruit characters and lovely, balanced weight. This wine doesn't demand food but is very happy in its company, especially my pesto salmon it seems. 

Current red on the side:
Sainsbury's Cotes du Rhone Villages 2007, £5.99, Sainsbury's
It was one of the Sainsbury's wine buyers who put me on to this wine. It is made by Chapoutier, who just happens to be one of the best producers in the region. Michel Chapoutier selects Grenache and Syrah grapes from Villages vineyards in the Southern Rhone and makes this extremely good, soft, supple, velvety-tannined and utterly seductive wine. It has a kick of pepper and layers of black fruit flavours, ideal for drinking with sausages or beef stews or hard cheeses. It's not so great with Toblerone but I'll push on through.

Chin chin x

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