Much excitement all round: we’re off to Venice for a few days to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. The children seem to sense the highly indulgent grand-parenting that lies ahead. I thought I’d buy something new for the occasion and today I did just that. Underwear that actually matches? A Spring-tastic print scarf? Clogs to make it clear I still read Vogue and know who Alexa Chung is? Don’t be ridiculous. Said purchase was in fact a deeply unattractive back support belt for moderate back pain, bought on by a knackered sacroiliac joint bought on by carrying babies. Not the look I was going for on the big anniversary trip. In Venice. Where you have to walk everywhere.

Clogs would have been a really bad idea.

Current white in the fridge:
Maurel Vedeau Sauvignon Blanc/Grenache 2008, currently half price @ £4.49,
Slightly OD’d on the Chablis last week so moved to a searing NZ Sauvignon Blanc before finding my way back to this simply super blend from the Languedoc. It combines the lovely gooseberry fruit of Sauvignon with a more ‘fleshy’ apricot note from the Grenache. I am yet to drink this with food this week, rather it has marked moving from the mayhem of children’s bedtime to some serious worshiping at the chapel of sofa. 

Current red on the side:
Esperanza Malbec 2009, Argentina, £4.69,
I used to buy wines from Argentina for my big supermarket employer back when not many people drank it (I never said I was a good buyer) and it was a labour of love. Many of the wines were gorgeous, others not so. Obviously, only the gorgeous ones made it to the shelf here but still they didn’t sell. A decade on and things are changing, albeit slowly. Argie Malbec is a look-at-me wine, with loud flavours and a bit of an attitude. This is a brilliantly inexpensive way to find out if you want to be friends with it.

Ciao xx

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  1. We're celebrating our 10th soon too. Have fun. Eat lots of pasta.

  2. Hee hee! I do want some clogs though. Have a great time being all romantic. I'm celebrating the big 4-0 this week (with fish, chips and champers as you suggested!). Have (supported) fun! xx

  3. LOVE THIS BLOG! I love wine, but never know what to buy – I've no idea what is what so I'll be checking our your blog on a regular (or should that be a large, ha ha) basis…Enjoy the break away. I'm off to Valencia with my lovely man and WITHOUT my children at the end of May and I am so excited I can hardly sleep. Pathetic in a woman of 45… mae xx

  4. Ah Venice…how blissful…have a lovely time…and yes clogs would have been a bad idea but swoon, I would so like to own a pair

  5. Hmm…I expect the most glamorous place I'll be on our tenth anniversary is right here! Have a lovely time.
    I couldn't cope with the walking easily either, my back's had it after carrying 3 babies.

  6. Went to a tasting of Malbecs last week, got to try about 20 different producers, mainly Argentinian but a couple from Napa – Steltzner and St. Supery. It was a very enjoyable event, quite eye opening as to how nice some of the wines were.
    Hope Venice was fun.

  7. Thanks all, it was great to step off the rollercoaster and not change nappies for a few days. Venice was divine x

  8. We are about to celebrate 10 years next week. That is nearly a quarter of my life. Can't believe it – but violently happy to have discovered your blog!

  9. Venice sounds just lovely – those high heeled clogs – asking for trouble. I took one of those sensational gripper knicker things on a trip to Paris, it was so uncomfortable I chose to wear a loose dress. Love the wine tips, thanks.xx

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