Funny how things turn out sometimes. Yesterday, I got a flat tyre on the way to school. I had to kill an hour in town whilst waiting for a lift home: cue blissful time in the local bookshop, followed by a coffee and browse in my very favourite clothes shop, leaving in a pair of age-inappropriate wedge trainers. Bored with flats, clearly. In other news, Red Magazine’s Hot Women Awards 2012 shortlist was announced yesterday and I’m on it, in the Blogger category. I am stunned, thrilled and really grateful for the nomination. I’ll keep you posted. Until then, I’ll stick to what I know. Namely, wine.

Current white in the fridge: Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Gruner Veltliner 2011, £6.99, Sainsbury’s
Think I might have done this one before, some time ago. Back for more. This part-floral, part-spicy, part-peachy white is refreshingly different. For a start, it is from Austria. Actually, it is from Sainsbury’s, but you know what I mean. Makes a nice change. Good Austrian wines can be fantastic, but they are few and far between here. Be prepared to forage. Then there’s the flavour: ripe, bright, and with enough vim & vigour to make even a simple soup supper feel more special. 

Current red in the rack: Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2010, £7.99, Tesco
Must be having a not-usual-suspects week this week when it comes to grapes. First, Gruner Veltliner and now this one, a Carmenere from one of the most reliable producers in Chile. Originally from Bordeaux, the grape has made itself quite at home in Chile too, producing a ripe, spicy red loaded with bramble fruit and somewhere in there, a whiff of coffee. This wine is the vinous equivalent of a slanket: warm, enveloping and best enjoyed on the sofa. You have been warned. 

As you were x

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  1. Wow! That's amazing. You are the dog's private bits. Can we vote / cajole / bribe / otherwise influence?

    • Actually, I've no idea! I don't think it's a voting thing, just got to wait until the winner is announced. Thanks! Squeeze to Mia x

    • Remember I banged on about Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Pinot Noir (Chilean) a while back? I've been conducting a it of an experiment recently with Pinots. So far, against all the competition (including a v expensive NZ PN) it's still the nicest. (As voted by me, husband, my mother, sister and brother in law – all of whom are being paid for their baby-assistance in wine). Def one to try, if you haven't already. To toast your great and wonderful (and, I@m sure, continued and ongoing) successes!
      PS – Thank you for baby squeezes. I am alone at home with her for first time since she was born, and it's SO lovely.

    • Ah, such a lovely thought! Bet it feels blissful….

      Am definitely going to seek out that TTD Pinot Noir, sounds absolutely delicious.

  2. Wow Helen, that's brilliant! Turning out to be a pretty cool year for you eh? Will keep following your adventures and sipping my wine. xxx

  3. Oh that hour sounds lovely

    Well done on the nomination!

  4. Dr Uncle Bunny

    I'm sure Mrs Uncle Bunny would approve of me saying that I HOPE YOU WIN!

  5. Red Hot Women Awards…what will they think of next?
    Two, great eclectic wine choices this week.

  6. Well done! And you're in great company too! A big achievement. Another big achievement. Congrats!

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