Why No?

A friend told me today that she is on a new regime, wine-free Monday to Friday (same friend who thought this site was called the Naked Mother's Wine Club, told her to be careful when searching that one). Later, a Twitter humour-twin announced she was having a glass of Champagne tonight for no particular reason. In turn, I admire both the restraint and sybaritic tendancies shown here. Me, I go for just one wine-free night a week. I usually fail. So many wines, so little time. A chap called Hawker wrote a book called 'Chats About Wine' back in 1907 and asked:

“…what is it? This wonderful elixir of life, which is almost as old as the world itself and yet is overflowing with the exuberance of youth; which restores and invigorates us when the powers of life are low; uplifts and cheers us in days of sorrow and gloom; evokes and enhances our joys and pleasures; and by which the inherent living force it is endowed with, gives animation, energy and inspiration to every sense and faculty we possess?”

That's wine, that is. And it is (mostly) delicious. You've just got to choose wisely.

Current white in the fridge:
Tilimuqui Fairtrade Single Vineyard Torrontes, Mendoza, 2009 £6.69, Waitrose
I love Argentinian wines, not least for their unpredictability. The reds are really exciting, especially Malbec but more of that another time. One of their most widely planted white grape varieties is Torrontes. It is often described as floral - very this season - and grapey, which sounds like a bit of a no-brainer. But this wine is more exciting than floral and grapey. It has real zing, not the suck-in-your-cheeks type, rather the oh-I'd-love-another-glass-of-this type zing. It is also Fairtrade, organic and extremely good value for money. What's not to love? as they say too often in Grazia.    

Current red on the side:
Chateau Vaugelas Corbieres 2007, France, £8, Source
The South of France has long produced vast amounts of wine but in some regions, such as Corbieres, there has been a quiet quality revolution. Granted its Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) status in 1985, Corbieres is now populated with growers producing brilliant wines. This one is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and a splash of Mourvedre, all grapes so at home here. The result is a blend that is rich, dark and brooding. The Benicio Del Toro of wine perhaps. Would work better if he was French, obviously. He asked my husband for a light once, incidentally. Black fruits and a really lovely spicy note, properly great with my tomato-sauced pasta supper. 

Nuff said x

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