I've tried a lot of wine today, even by my standards. Over 250 in fact, at various supermarket wine tastings. And even though I can face nothing but a cup of hot chocolate now, I'm looking forward to sharing details on the best of them including an amazing French pair that'll make brilliant party wines (one red, one white), the outrageously good sweetie for £5 (won't use the c-word yet, but you know where I'm going with that one) and the orange wine from Croatia (a white wine made using ancient techniques resulting in a beautiful amber rose colour and unusual - in a good way - flavours). Not to mention the eau de vie Poire Williams with an actual pear inside the bottle (the bottle is placed on the tree so the fruit grows inside it - I know!) and a beautiful red vermouth made for Manhattans. Also, if you love gin, I'm tasting six of the best with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on The Alan Titchmarsh Show this Friday at 3pm. Tune in, pre-gin.
in the fridge: Momo Sauvignon Blanc 2013
, £11.99, Armit
This is from a winery called Seresin, in New Zealand's Marlborough region. Now, the Seresin wines are more expensive. But Momo is Seresin's offspring (momo means offspring in Maori, love that). And what a gorgeous baby it is, with lots of lime and passion fruit. So, smarter than your average. Worked beautifully with slices of smoked salmon (darling).
in the rack: Cotes du Rhone Villages 2013
, £7.99, M&S
Great value Rhone red made from a blend of Grenache and Syrah grapes. This one's all bramble fruit and a kick of pepper. Cotes du Rhone Villages wines are usually better quality and value than simple Cotes du Rhone wines, with more weight and flavour to them. And they make great food wines, especially anything with meat and spice.
Peace out, winos x
Labels: 2013, Armit, Cotes du Rhone, France, grenache, Marks and Spencer, New Zealand, red wine, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, white wine