Show & Tell

Ah, the school Show & Tell letter. Normally, it goes on the fridge, stuck on with the only remaining magnet with less than three pieces of paper already underneath it. Finding out which magnet to pick involves a game of fridge magnet russian roulette: one wrong move and you've got papers all over the kitchen floor. Anyway, I've got a show and tell this week. It's my book, rewritten for the U.S., due out next year. It's a wine journal, so it takes the wine bits from my Knackered Mother's Wine Club book but with added pages to write your own notes on wines you try and like. Here it is:

Anyway, hopefully I'll get some copies to give away here when it's ready but in the meantime, wine. 

Current white in the fridge: Fief Guerin Muscadet Sur Lie, £7.99, Waitrose
This is from the fantastically underrated Loire Valley region in northern France, specifically from the western end. The thing about Muscadet is that it's not a shouty wine; no big, ripe flavours here. If you want tropical fruit, jog on. This one's all about lip-smacking freshness, an almost saline character (in a good way) and subtle citrus flavours. Put it with anything that's comes from the sea and it'll sing. Fantastically refreshing. 

Current red in the rack: Quinta dos Carvalhais Colheita 2010, £8.99, Tesco
OK, this is a bit of a beast but if you're in the mood for a sledgehammer red (phrase borrowed from an Australian wine friend of mine), this is one such. Gloriously brambly wine made from a blend of grapes in Portugal's getting-groovier Dão region. Lots of tannin, so it needs food to soften it. Preferably something meaty. Beef stew worked brilliantly. 

Peace out, winos x

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