S'been a busy few weeks with book signings, wine tastings, radio interviews and writing. Amazing really, I feel very lucky. But I am looking forward to Friday, when my only plan is to wear a pair of pants on my head all day, for Red Nose Day. And in the evening, I will drink a glass of Wine Relief wine, watch the telly and no doubt be in floods before the watershed. Happens every year. Well, every other year when Comic Relief is on. At least I can use the pants as a handkerchief. And now, the results of last week's giveaway, delivered as ever by my mother. She takes the hat thing quite seriously, as you can see.
If you don't want to watch the whole thing, click here
to see who won. And don't hate her.
Current sparkling on the side: Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Prosecco Di Conegliano, £19.99, Sainsbury's
I was sent this one, I didn't buy it (writing a wine column for a newspaper does that). Turns out it is too expensive for the column at £20. But the reason it is £20 is because it is a magnum. A freakin' MAGNUM! So, we popped the cork on Mother's Day when we had a few friends in for drinks before lunch. The letters DOCG on the label are an indication of the quality inside, and it really was just right. Soft and floaty; good Prosecco is the chiffon of sparkling wines.
Current red on the side: Arc du Rhône Côtes du Rhône Villages 2011, £6.39 on offer until Friday, Waitrose
This is one of the wines in the Wine Relief line up, so 10% of all sales will go to Wine Relief (the wine arm of Comic Relief). Made from a blend of grapes including Grenache, which in this case results in a redcurrant fruit-loaded wine with spice and the reassuring tickle of tannins. Needs food; we'll be opening another bottle of this on Friday night with a TV dinner of sorts. And I'll still have pants on my head. Not sure whether to go full tummy control or special occasion, style-wise. Given the cold snap, full tummy control is looking like the sensible option.
Chin chin x
Labels: 2011, Cotes du Rhone, grenache, Prosecco, Red Nose Day, red wine, Sainsburys, sparkling, Waitrose