Fifty Shades of Gris

So, if you know that Gris is the name of a grape, that joke is funny-ish. Actually, the grape is better known as Pinot Grigio, but I digress. Point is, I'll be discussing Fifty Shades this week at Book Club. Over the Summer we also read Nora Ephron's Heartburn - a brilliantly funny/heartbreakingly sad book - but I am sure Fifty Shades will dominate discussions. Which is annoying, because it's just a bit of porn with an uninspiring heroine and a creepy hero with commitment issues. And if it's rude bits you want, Lace is way better. This was the one we all read at school. It's the reason I've never wanted goldfish (seriously). In fact, I've just re-read it on holiday and what struck me was that Lace isn't really about the rude bits at all. It is about love and friendship - especially the enduring friendships of women - and independence and all the stuff that really matters. I just needed a few years on me to see it.

Current white in the fridge: Tero Pinot Grigio 2011, £4.50 (currently half price), Tesco.com
Yes, I have a half price Pinot Grigio in my fridge. And it is very drinkable. But, like Fifty Shades, it is not that memorable and you feel a bit dirty afterwards. Still, if you want a light wine that tastes fresh and slightly lemony without being too sharp, here it is. But really, I want more. I want commitment. And love. 

Current red in the rack: Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Ribera del Duero 2010, £5.99 on offer, Sainsbury's
This wine is normally £8.99, so this is great value at under £6. Made from the Tempranillo grape, this is like a baby Rioja, with a bit of oak but not too much, and that same lovely black fruit. Cashmere-soft, autumnal in mood and definitely cockle-warming. I said cockle. FYI, Rib D - as people who like shortening wine names so they sound like they know what they are talking about call it - is not far from Rioja, sort of left and down a bit. So, not a million miles away. Lovely stuff. 

Bottoms up x

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