My sister and I found my mother’s latest boyfriend on the internet. Background: post first marriage, she’s not been a great picker. After a string of unsuitables, we decided to take action. Following a particularly jolly wedding (not hers), we got home and signed her up on a dating website. We added her profile, a picture (in retrospect, using one of Christie Brinkley was probably a) cheating and b) illegal but it was about 2am) and waited for the responses. Most of them were deleted on grounds of bad knitwear but Colin got through. That’s when we told my mother what we’d been up to. Two years on they are still having a lovely time. She calls him ebay Colin. You can see why we had to step in. Left to her own devices she’d be dating a knock-off Louis Vuitton.
This week’s white in the fridge: Nimbus Gewurztraminer 2009, £8, Source Wines
We drank this at a wine tasting I did for fellow knackered mothers at Graze for a nursery fundraiser a few weeks ago and it went down a storm. It is quite an opinionated little wine, looking like not much until you stick your nose in the glass and then all of a sudden IT IS SHOUTING AT YOU. Just like a toddler. It is saying: ooh, look at me, lychee, turkish delight and jasmine all rolled into one. Then you taste it; same thing. Delicious, crisp and floral. Gewurz (as it is known by those to lazy to say all five syllables) is a gem. The default is to say drink it with Asian food but I haven’t found a better match yet so go with it.
This week’s red on the side: Tesco Finest Argentinean Malbec 2009, £4.75 currently on offer, Tesco
Sorry. Another Malbec. Must have a thing for dark brooding beasts at the moment. This one is made by one of Argentina’s most well-known producers, Catena. Years ago, I met the owner – Nicolas Catena, a really lovely man – when on a buying trip. I was told he was an economic advisor to the president. Kind of puts you on the back foot when negotiating. Anyway, the wine is a joy, made from grapes grown in vineyards in the Mendoza region. It is not the most sophisticated wine I’ve ever had in my glass but it is rich, full-bodied and very, very present. We had this with toad in the hole and everyone was happy.
To happiness x