Love Thy Neighbour

We moved into a new house earlier this year. It is a 1970s-built bungalow in the woods. It has a whiff of The Ice Storm about it, but without the swinging. A few of the houses do have pampas grass outside but as yet, no evidence of keys in glass bowls. So it was with a tiny niggle of trepidation that we invited all of our neighbours in for a drink on Saturday night, to kick off the festive season. Happy to report my niggle was needless and the party went with a bang. Or not, as it were. Anyway, when it came to choosing wines for 30 people without it costing the earth, here’s what we went for…

Great Party White: The Post Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011, £5 on offer, Tesco.com
This went down a storm (see what I did there?), with its good-looking label and bright, unmistakeable New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc lime-loaded aroma and gooseberry fruit flavours. Not a complicated beast, but when you are drinking this standing up, without proper food, it does well. I say without food: I made palmiers. So fabulously ’70s, I couldn’t resist. I almost went for the pineapple & cheese stick combo but peaked with the palmiers. And by serving Sauvignon Blanc you avoid the ‘Anything But Chardonnay’ issue from those who insist on trashing Chardonnay (unfairly so, IMHO). 

Great Party Red: Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2008, £6 on offer, Tesco.com
This is such a classic Aussie Shiraz, absolutely heaving under the weight of dense, dark fruit and spice flavours. Most of our neighbours went for white but there were a few stalwart red-only drinkers who absolutely loved this bruiser. It is made from Shiraz grapes (Australia’s vinous calling card) grown in South Australia by one of the country’s most famous and trusted producers, and weighs in at a whopping 14.5%. I did notice the red wine drinkers snaffled most of the sausages in honey & mustard, which must have worked a treat.


Chin chin x

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6 Comments

  • 9 years ago

    I'll have to check in the slummy I have stashed away with my passport to see if I have a £1 coin to make palmiers!

  • 9 years ago

    Ha! Like the ice storm references. We had an actual ice storm here last year, and I was most disappointed not to be invited to any key parties…..

  • 9 years ago

    Very useful post! I know nothing about wines its nice to have an idea what to take to a party.

  • 9 years ago

    Vinogirl – still in slight shock that I made them (but seriously, SO easy)!

    NVG – how amazing, must have been a sight…and fell slightly better that it is not ALWAYS sunny where you are..,

    MsXpat – pleasure, that's exactly why I do this.

  • 9 years ago

    Good to hear the Kiwis got you through. And loved the Ice Storm movie, hoped you dressed like Sigourney Weaver darling…We did dinner for 60 the other night (what was I thinking) and Kim Crawford and Ballbuster pulled us through that one…

  • 9 years ago

    ALW – dinner for 60?? Wowzers. What's Ballbuster? Got to try that one…No housecoat yet but am on it.

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