I. Am. Knackered. And I definitely can't top my John Torode story from last week. So, if you don't mind, I'll go straight to the wines.
Current rose in the fridge:
Clos Clementine 2008, £10
Hot weather demands pale rose, preferably a really good one from the Cotes de Provence region. Rose wine is made from red grapes and the clear juice is given colour by being left in contact with the skins of the grapes for a short time after they have been crushed. This particular one was given to me by a friend and not widely available here yet but Majestic, Waitrose and Tesco all have very good CdP Rose in stock at the moment. Make sure you get the most recent vintage - this one is on its last legs. You want pale salmon pink rose pup-young.
Current red on the side:
Cosme Palacio Rioja Reserva 2004, £8/bottle, currently half price if bought by the case, Tesco
Father's Day. Warm weather expected. Man must barbeque. And flame-grilled meats demand a red with attitude, with firm tannins and not a little acidity to counter the fat of the meat. This one is a dream: smoky, black fruits bound together with firm tannins and a lick of vanilla oak. The fruit is warm, round and mellow (as you'd expect after nearly three years in oak), made from Tempranillo grapes grown in the Alavesa region in what was a cracking vintage. Love, love, love.
Wham, bam x
Labels: 2004, 2008, France, Majestic, red wine, rose wine, Spain, Tesco, Waitrose