Now We Are Six

Happy Birthday
Went to watch Middle Boy and Youngest Girl in their Harvest Festival show earlier today. And it really was a show, including a song called 'Rock & Roll Harvest'. My favourite Neil Young song is Harvest Moon, but this came pretty close as harvest-themed songs go. Funnily enough, one of the first posts I ever wrote on this blog was called Harvest Moon, exactly six years ago this week. My lovely friend Gemma celebrated her 5th blog birthday recently with this post and it made me think about just how much I've loved writing this blog. But it's looked pretty much the same since the day I started it, so I'm planning to give it a little makeover. Actually, more of a nip and tuck. Once done, you'll notice it working and looking better, hopefully. If there's anything you'd like to see added to the blog, just let me know. In the meantime, I've got a birthday present for one of you. Le Creuset have donated this limited edition corkscrew (worth £60), made to celebrate their 90th birthday. If you fancy it, leave a corkscrew-inspired comment on the blog or on the KMWC facebook page and we'll pick a winner next week.

Current white in the fridge: Ascheri Langhe Arneis 2014, £13, M&S
Just the kind of crisp white you want when it's cold outside, this one. Made from the little-known Arneis grape, grown in the Piedmont region of northern Italy more famous for its red wines, like Barolo and Barbaresco. The whites don't get out much; the Italians drink much of it. But Arneis, which translates as 'little rascal' thanks to its tendency to be a bugger to grow, is properly refreshing with citrus flavours and a bit of spice to rock the taste buds. And this is from one of my favourite producers, too. Not cheap, but great value. 

Current red in the rack: Buckingham Estate Reserve Shiraz 2013, £6 on offer (normally £8.99), Morrisons
What makes this more interesting that your average Aussie Shiraz at this price is that it's made from grapes grown in Western Australia, a cooler region than most elsewhere in Australia. What that does is concentrate the flavours in the wine. So there's lots of quaffable black fruits and spice, but there's also a kind of savouriness to it. Brilliant with tonight's sausage and lentil casserole-type thing from the brilliant Crumbs cookbook. 

Peace out, winos x

1.  Competition closes on 20th October 2015 at 11.59pm
2. The prize draw is open to any UK resident over the age of 18.

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