Mother’s Day is marked by the cup of tea in bed, a selection of home-made cards and a group hug. All at about 6am which is, you know, a bit annoying but lovely nonetheless. Wouldn’t have it any other way. Except for the present, maybe. Currently, we go home-made. But to be honest, I’d cope with shop-bought alongside that. So, thinking aloud, cashmere. My friend Mrs Russell imports scarves from Italy (where she used to live) and has offered a choice of red, white or rose (worth £100) to go with a copy of *cough* my book as this week’s SPECIAL Mother’s Day competition. Just leave your name and cashmere colour of choice below; all names in a wine glass and someone will pick a winner next week.

Current white in the fridge: Oveja Negra Sauvignon Blanc/Carmenere 2011, £7.50, Oddbins
I used to love Oddbins. As a 20-something year old in London, with my first job, it felt like the height of sophistication to go to Oddbins and pick up a bottle of something Australian (yes, we are going back a bit and yes, I was not the most rock & roll of 20-something year olds). Anyway, a few years ago Oddbins disappeared. But then it came back again. And the wine buyer in charge now is really good. She’s picked a gem here: a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Carmenere (a red grape, but remember – the juice of grapes is clear, people) from the marvellous Maule Valley in Chile. It works brilliantly, with ripe melon and pineapple fruit flavours. And with wasabi peanuts. 

Current red in the rack: Peter & Peter Pinot Noir 2011, £10, Tesco
I’m assuming the guys behind this wine are called Peter. Don’t know for sure, but have a hunch. Whatever, the Peters have made an interesting wine. Made from the relatively thin-skinned Pinot Noir grape grown in the Pfalz region in Germany (so officially counts as left-field), this is soft, juicy and light. Redcurrant fruits; comes into its own with food. Nothing too heavy though, it is quite delicate as red wine goes. We had it with chicken fajhitas. Delish. 

Happy Mother’s Day x

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  1. Vicki Cousins – Brown/beige

  2. Kiwi Jules – Rose would be lovely

  3. madeline toomer – red :O)

  4. Liz S, red please.

  5. I'd love a red please.

  6. Potty Mummy – red…

  7. I'd love the rose, and have already bought two (two!) copies of your book, one for me and one for a friend, so if I win I shall give this copy to another deserving Mummy for Mothers Day (maybe even mine!). Emma

  8. White? Provided I can find a new dry cleaner

  9. Jane McAvan and I would love one in that fetching shade os Chianti please.

  10. Reeeed please!

  11. Courtney M—throwing all caution to wind, white please!

  12. Zoe – rose or white please. Can't wait to get started on your book, lady, it's been on my wish list for ages!

  13. Gail Clear & Red please! Ordered the book for my mother and mil yesterday as part of their mother's day pressies!

  14. Holly. The red looks truly delicious! Big fan! X

  15. Nikola Higham. Rose please!

  16. Mrs Boardwell ^_^ red as sin please.
    Greetings from North Wales
    Babs B
    PS: newbie.

  17. Scalliepallie, red please!

  18. Jenny, red please.

    Having problems with the technology, please ignore multiple entries if they arrive.

  19. How exciting–and I love the perfect match between the scarves and book cover! Rose please 🙂

  20. Helen Greenfield – red please xx

  21. Mary Dunlop – White

  22. I'll say "white" because practically everything else I own is one shade of pink or another. Time to splash out.

  23. Victoria -I'd love the rose please

  24. yes! what a great present! BTW — how about a guest post about this great new book?!

  25. yes! what a great present! BTW — how about a guest post about this great new book?!

  26. Bex Warwick, white please!

  27. Laura Gerrard – rose for me please! How exciting! Thank you

  28. how exciting, indeed!! WHAT a generous giveaway! i'd like rose, please 🙂

  29. I'm commenting only because I don't want you to think I wouldn't love another copy of your wonderful book as I don't think you can have too many, however I don't actually want to deprive anyone else of it… If my name comes up I'll wrap my head in the scarf (all the better for ignoring my screechy children) and promptly hand the book back for anyone SILLY ENOUGH not to have read it already.

  30. Menna E – rose please. Just discovered you – well my husband did! Brownie points for him! Big fan already! X

  31. Hi New to the site – just came here via the Hush web site but looks good. White scarf please. Havent read the book

  32. Simone – rose please 🙂 x

  33. Rose, please! Looking forward to getting a copy of the book. #

  34. Lucy Schoonhoven
    Rose (as its my middle name – which was always a bit dodgy growing up but ok now due to us drinking so much of it!)

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