Hot Potato

I love a good acronym as much as the next person, particularly when they can be used as mnemonic devices (my music teacher taught me Every Good Boy Deserves Fun. Aware that sounds bad). Anyway, my new favourite? Person Over Thirty Acting Twenty One. Yes, the P.O.T.A.T.O. Actually I'm nearly forty but P.N.F.A.T.O. doesn't work so well. Point is, I love the idea of being a hot potato. Back then, a sleepless night was caused by something far more exciting than a toddler with a cough and a hangover was caused by considerably more than two glasses of red. Problem is, I'm just too tired to act my (old) age.

Current white in the fridge: Asda Vintage Champagne 2002, £20.17, Asda
I know! Well, it was Sunday and we had something to celebrate (I'll be spilling the beans next week, hopefully. And no, I'm not pregnant. Are you INSANE)? So, we had this. I'd been tipped off that it was really, really good. And so it was. Made from the brilliant 2002 vintage, this is a gorgeous Champagne, with properly good biscuity and lemon flavours. Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, it is so much smarter than I expected. Eaten with really bizarre apple and parma ham nibbles that my mum made. And cheese straws, obviously. Lovely, both. 

Current red on the side: La Part du Boucher NV, £11.99, Laithwaites
This is one of the wines I had to taste 'blind' on stage in front of about 200 people and guess what it was, remember that? I got it wrong. But do you know why? Because it is a ridiculous blend of wine from Pomerol, Pauillac, Grand Cru Saint-Emilion and Grenache from century-old vines in Maury, southern France, that's why. But it works, it is delicious. Made by the Laithwaites wine-maker, a lovely Frenchman called Jean Marc Sauboua, here he's hived off barrels of his favourites wines, mixed them all up and made 'the butcher's cut'. Genius, if a little unhinged. Eaten with our roast beef yesterday and universally loved. 


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