Circle of Shame

For a while my habit was out of control. Not that I knew it at the time, of course. I thought I could control it: one week Hello!, the next Grazia, the following week, OK!  My knowledge on high street fashion, royals and Cheryl Cole was impressive. But before I knew it, I was doing all three in one week. So I went cold turkey, stopped buying them altogether. For a whole year. This led me to binge, mostly on visits to the hairdresser, often in the supermarket magazine aisle. Now, I like to think I have found a balanced approach. Grazia bi-weekly & Hello! once a month. I can do without the inside track on Soap Stars and WAGS, but fashion and random royals? I don’t think so.

This week’s white in the fridge:
Taste the Difference Albarino 2008, Sainsbury’s, £6.94,
If you’re looking for a wine to wake up the tastebuds, try this one. Made in Spain, this one is light and zesty with a gentle orange flavour to it. Swish it around the mouth and you’ll get a gorgeous thwack of peach fruit too. Enjoying toute seule at the moment but from experience can highly recommend it with Charlie Bigham’s fishcakes.   

Current red on the side:
Cefiro Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Maipo Valley, Chile, £5ish,
Another left-over from last week’s KMWC wine tasting, this is a Clooney-smooth red made from thick-skinned Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in the natural fruit bowl that is Chile’s Maipo Valley. Gorgeously scented, smooth and supple, with 9 months in oak giving added structure and va va voom. Eat this with beef stew, like I did last night. Sadly George couldn’t make it. 

Laters x

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  • 12 years ago

    Thank you for your lovely comment. Fab blog, I have loved looking over your wine picks and am arming myself with a long list for tomorrow!!

  • 12 years ago

    Thanks Lewis, really enjoy reading yours too, found via the impossibly sophisticated Mrs T. In my head you carry an old bear called Aloysius around with you. You probably don't x

  • 12 years ago

    I had to give up the Grazia and Heat thing too – it was like bingeing on cheap chocolate. The Daily Mail website is similar; I hate the Mail and hate myself for looking, but it's hard to resist a bit of celebrity gossip sometimes.

    I love my wine and will follow with interest!

  • 12 years ago

    Love that I'm not alone on the Mail website! How do you think I survived a year off the mags?!

    Not sure my wine reccs will be stocked in Long Island but perhaps suggesting different grapes from various regions might inspire. Where do you shop?

  • 12 years ago

    I must admit, I do have a quick look at the Daily Mail's nonsense when I follow some other link over to there, sigh. It's eminently more entertaining than all the Brangelina rubbish on the checkout tabloids over here.
    That Chilean Cab sounds good, however have never had much joy with Chilean wines.

  • 12 years ago

    Vinogirl!! No luck with Chileans? We have to fix this. Have you tried stuff from Limari or Casablanca?

  • 12 years ago

    Wine is not sold in supermarkets in New York State (although that is possibly going to change, a move much opposed by independent wine retailers) but we have a very good local wine shop. I'll just have to make some notes and see if they stock any of the ones you recommend…..

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