I've been away from home for a few nights, spending the days working on a wine stand at the annual London International Wine Fair. Cue much swirling, sipping and spitting whilst surrounded by hundreds of bottles of wine. Now I'm home and have been cobbling a vicar's outfit together for my son to take to school tomorrow for the fake wedding they are having in class. Obviously.
It is National Wine Month apparently so in the spirit of spreading the word, click here to visit the 'Make Time For Wine' website: lots of interesting stuff about wine to be found including online wine courses.
Current white in the fridge: Wither Hills Pinot Gris 2010, £6.29 on offer, Waitrose
Love this wine, made from the Pinot Gris grape grown in the Marlborough region in New Zealand. The style is fresh, dry and gorgeously aromatic; almost flowery on the nose, honeysuckle-ish. Pinot Gris is widely grown in Alsace, France and in Italy of course, where it is absolutely bloody everywhere and labelled as Pinot Grigio. This one is a real change from the often very drinkable but ultimately forgettable PGs that are always 'on offer'. Put this with duck pancakes and it'll blossom.
Current red on the side: Cono Sur Pinot Noir Reserve 2009, £6 on offer, Tesco
This Chilean red is made from Pinot Noir, a grape that when made well, can bring a grown (wo)man to tears due to price as well as sublime quality. Burgundy in France is Pinot's natural homeland but Chile has made itself a name over the last few years for producing good quality Pinot at less eye-watering prices. It smells of summer pudding and goes a dream with roast lamb.
Chin chin x
Labels: 2009, 2010, France, New Zealand, pinot gris, Pinot Noir, red wine, Tesco, Waitrose, white wine