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Monday, 12 November 2012

Rock On, Mumsnet

When I got into this whole blogging thing, it was largely about me, obviously. Yes, there's the wine - hurrah for the wine! - and the fact that I hoped to encourage people to drink better wine, rather than hit the half-price wall. But it was as much about the weekly ritual of putting fingers to keyboard and writing about wine (and me, obviously). Something I still, four years on, really look forward to. And it led me to discover brilliant, funny blogs written by others, many of whom also happen to be mothers (find them on my Friends' Blogs page). So it was I found myself at the first ever Mumsnet Blogfest in London on Saturday. Speakers included the simply beautiful Miriam González Durantes, Prof Tanya Byron, Caitlin Moran, Natasha Walter and the coolest blogger of all, The Bloggess. Think what you like about Mumsnet but this amazing, funny, inspiring day left me believing that the hand that rocks the cradle is indeed the hand that rocks the world.*

This week's white in the fridge: Macon Villages Les Pierres Blanches 2011, £6.99 if you buy 2 bottles, Majestic
I read there's another Bridget Jones book on the way, so by way of celebration here's a Chardonnay to go with it. This one, made by one of the best co-ops in the Maconnais region in France is one of the most delicious white Burgundy wines available at this price, IMHO. It is ripe, round, golden and deliciously apple & pear-like. Easy drinking, so much so you can drink it......all together now, hairbrush in hand.....all by itse-eh-elf...

This week's red on the side: Catena Malbec 2010, £9.99 on offer, Waitrose
After drinking a glass of Prosecco at the end of the Mumsnet Blogfest, I left the noisy room at the top of Millbank and headed home to the Husband. He had dinner ready and waiting on the table. Rather marvellous it was too: fajitas with homemade guacamole. The extra chillies he put in - oh yes, quite the experimental chef - made it fairly pokey, but this spicy Malbec from Argentina had its measure. Made by the very excellent Catena family in the Mendoza region, this gorgeous beast bursts with bramble fruit and pepper, even a hint of vanilla. Definitely not one to have all by itself. Needs the food equivalent of big pants. 

Fags, 0. Units, 2 x

*as said by The Bloggess on Saturday

20 comments:

  1. I have Your Life Envy! Oh for a husband who makes fajitas. (Oh for a husband...!)All that and Malbec too.
    Eliza
    50newblack.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I know, my cup runneth over (although must confess I only ever make the Husband look good on here, at his insistence). Ps - so not invisible...gorgeous!

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  2. I love all the links to Bridget. Not wasted. At. All. But it sounds like I might be when I get cracking on these. I was there Saturday too and this is not the first time we've been in the same vicinity and not said Hello and clinked blasses. Let's rectify next time before your're too god darned famous, or am I too late? *Picks up hairbrush* ;)

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    1. DEFINITELY, can't believe we are yet to meet! Never too late :)

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  3. Am so sad I couldn't make it on Saturday - would love to have heard those speakers. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of TheBloggess, I'd never seen her blog before and it's very funny. And I'm going to try that white.

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    1. Lordy, she is hilarious. White really is delicious. And Saturday really was brilliant!

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  4. The Bloggess wrote the piece of writing I always read when I need it most. Enjoy. http://thebloggess.com/2011/06/and-thats-why-you-should-learn-to-pick-your-battles/

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  5. Me Julie say it make me hot da way you girls is doing feminism. Respect to da hand that rocks!

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    1. Why thank you, Ali G. Love to me Julie.

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    2. Knackered M, you is so HOT *flicks fingers*

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  6. What an inspiring start up story. I've been reading your posts and would like to say congrats on the awards they are well deserved.

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    1. Thank you very much, kind words indeed. Very chuffed with the award!

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  7. That Catena Malbec is very tasty, have bought a few times when on offer at Majestic. This time of year is definitely a good match as well, gives you that warm cosy feeling on a dark night :)

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    1. Oh yes, all for that warm cosy feeling. Drink on, Fool x

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  8. I just have to hear the words Macon Villages and I am happy...and I have actually been there, which is.....well...nice. Xx

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    1. So nice, Ms Miles! When? Lovely, eh? x

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  9. Really good wine reviews this week, but I'm afraid I shall go to bed singing Celine which irks me...

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  10. Congratulations on your win, we've just looked at your blog for the first time and love it, needless to say A VERY useful site! Ellie

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