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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Red Alert

Funny how things turn out sometimes. Yesterday, I got a flat tyre on the way to school. I had to kill an hour in town whilst waiting for a lift home: cue blissful time in the local bookshop, followed by a coffee and browse in my very favourite clothes shop, leaving in a pair of age-inappropriate wedge trainers. Bored with flats, clearly. In other news, Red Magazine's Hot Women Awards 2012 shortlist was announced yesterday and I'm on it, in the Blogger category. I am stunned, thrilled and really grateful for the nomination. I'll keep you posted. Until then, I'll stick to what I know. Namely, wine.

Current white in the fridge: Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Gruner Veltliner 2011, £6.99, Sainsbury's
Think I might have done this one before, some time ago. Back for more. This part-floral, part-spicy, part-peachy white is refreshingly different. For a start, it is from Austria. Actually, it is from Sainsbury's, but you know what I mean. Makes a nice change. Good Austrian wines can be fantastic, but they are few and far between here. Be prepared to forage. Then there's the flavour: ripe, bright, and with enough vim & vigour to make even a simple soup supper feel more special. 

Current red in the rack: Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2010, £7.99, Tesco
Must be having a not-usual-suspects week this week when it comes to grapes. First, Gruner Veltliner and now this one, a Carmenere from one of the most reliable producers in Chile. Originally from Bordeaux, the grape has made itself quite at home in Chile too, producing a ripe, spicy red loaded with bramble fruit and somewhere in there, a whiff of coffee. This wine is the vinous equivalent of a slanket: warm, enveloping and best enjoyed on the sofa. You have been warned. 

As you were x

15 comments:

  1. Wow! That's amazing. You are the dog's private bits. Can we vote / cajole / bribe / otherwise influence?

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    1. Actually, I've no idea! I don't think it's a voting thing, just got to wait until the winner is announced. Thanks! Squeeze to Mia x

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    2. Remember I banged on about Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Pinot Noir (Chilean) a while back? I've been conducting a it of an experiment recently with Pinots. So far, against all the competition (including a v expensive NZ PN) it's still the nicest. (As voted by me, husband, my mother, sister and brother in law - all of whom are being paid for their baby-assistance in wine). Def one to try, if you haven't already. To toast your great and wonderful (and, I@m sure, continued and ongoing) successes!
      PS - Thank you for baby squeezes. I am alone at home with her for first time since she was born, and it's SO lovely.

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    3. Ah, such a lovely thought! Bet it feels blissful....

      Am definitely going to seek out that TTD Pinot Noir, sounds absolutely delicious.

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  2. Wow Helen, that's brilliant! Turning out to be a pretty cool year for you eh? Will keep following your adventures and sipping my wine. xxx

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  3. Oh that hour sounds lovely

    Well done on the nomination!

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    1. Thank you Muddling, very thrilled...and yes, it REALLY was lovely.

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  4. Dr Uncle Bunny8 November 2012 18:57

    I'm sure Mrs Uncle Bunny would approve of me saying that I HOPE YOU WIN!

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  5. Red Hot Women Awards...what will they think of next?
    Two, great eclectic wine choices this week.

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    1. Just changed it to Red MAGAZINE...aware former made me sound like I was up for an adult entertainment award...

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    2. I think I liked the former :)

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  6. Well done! And you're in great company too! A big achievement. Another big achievement. Congrats!

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    1. Ah, thank you x V sad not to be with you tomorrow :(

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