Not even a broken down car on the school run (luckily just after I’d dropped them at school) and an hour’s wait in the rain could dampen my spirits this morning. Because yesterday, I did a wine tasting with Sooty & Sweep. It was hilarious, a real Tena Lady moment as my sister would say. Until now, my children have been pretty ambivalent about me being on the telly once a week talking about wine, but appearing with Sooty & Sweep has changed all that. In fact, Eldest Boy plans to tell his class about it for tomorrow’s Show & Tell. Let’s hope he puts it into context as to why I was drinking wine with Sooty & Sweep in the middle of the afternoon…

See below for more Green Room highlights from today’s Alan Titchmarsh Show – Duncan from Blue! – but first, we’ll do wines. 
Current white in the fridge: Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Prosecco, £7.49 on offer, Sainsbury’s
For this week’s AT show, I had to match wines to a selection of different cheeses, and one of them was Dairylea. And if it’s gotta be Dairylea, it’s gotta be bubbles. Let’s face it, Dairylea doesn’t taste of much (unless in a sandwich with cheese & onion crisps) so the best match is something that, like the cheese, is frothy and fun. Step forward good Prosecco, and this one is really good value at the moment. Made from the Glera grape, it’s soft and appley. Fill your boots. 

Current red on the side: Tesco Finest 10 year old Tawny Port, £15.50, Tesco
If I was allowed three drinks on a desert island, aged Tawny Port might be one of them. (The other two would include a Vintage Champagne and a eye-wateringly expensive Red Burgundy). Aged Tawny takes on its lighter colour because it is aged in oak barrels, so loses colour over time. The flavours mellow beautifully, creating a caramel, spice and mocha mash up. This one was picked to go with Dolcelatte cheese, and it really is the Rod & Penny of happy food and wine marriages. 

Chin chin x

Craig Revel Horwood – lovely man!
Tom Hunt – go and see Rush, it’s brilliant. 
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  1. Look at you! How fab!

  2. oooh, and did you? Feel Blue? 😉

  3. Just look at Duncan's face…!

  4. One of my favourite combinations too…dairylea, white bread and cheese & onion crisps. Never tried it with fizz before, sounds like weekend lunch sorted!

  5. I saw your Sooty and Sweep moment! Loved how you were cracking up.( You've got me into watching daytime telly now – something I haven't done since I was breastfeeding!)

  6. Wine tasting with sooty and sweep is probably the best thing ever. Where can I watch this? Also, is Soo a big lush?

    Bye bye everybody, bye bye!

  7. I am very jealous you met Craig RH.

    If EVER Ben Fogle is on i demand you let me come and be your personal make-up lady 😉

  8. They've re-animated Sooty and Sweep? What the @%*#!!!

  9. GET OUT OF HERE! You are on the TV, my tv! Talking to me through the telly box! You are talking to just me right? Amazing Helen. AMAZING!

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