We Need to Talk About Booze

I never did see the Kevin film. Turns out The Help started at the same time so we chose schmaltz over shootings. Cried on and off for two hours and loved it. What we do need to talk about, however, is how to  broach the subject of booze with our children. How young is too young to discuss it? Do we let them try it in the home or leave them to try it when we're not there? How do we teach them the rights and wrongs, the pros and cons of alcohol? Drinkaware is running a campaign to highlight the issue and this video on their site is rather clever. Over at Bringing Up Charlie, Tim posted about it but know this: he is mostly worried about tax hikes on artisan cider. I popped up on the Huffington Post today, with this article about the demon drink. Complex, like good wine.

Current white in the fridge: Cowrie Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011, £5 on offer, Waitrose
I know I did a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc just a couple of weeks ago but I couldn't walk past this one yesterday whilst on my supermarket sweep without adding a couple of bottles to the trolley. Gorgeous label (and we know how important that is) with a really lovely wine inside. Not the most complicated Sauvignon you'll ever taste but certainly with enough perky gooseberry and passion fruit flavours to keep the customer satisfied, satisfied (as Simon and/or possibly Garfunkel would say).

Current red on the side: La Layenda Malbec Syrah 2010, £6.99, Tesco
Brooding, moody and macho. And that's just the bottle, with its broad shoulders and heavier-than-usual weight. Inside it lurks an Argie beastie, loaded with bramble fruits and a sprinkling of spice. We had this with slow-cooked beef stew and a very handsome couple they made too. Last week's white wine was the white partner to this red: both are fairly in-your-face styles with no sense of personal space but very likeable nonetheless. Made by Bodegas Escorihuela in the Mendoza region. 

Cheers, dears x

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