|Eileen Hardy (by Lord Snowdon)|
Current white in the fridge: Tesco Finest Pouilly Fume 2013
Price: £8.99 - Buy From Tesco
The Loire Valley is the place for understated Sauvignon Blanc and this one, made by a great producer called Fournier, is beautifully done. You get gooseberry, lemon and lime flavours but you also get a hint of smokiness, which just makes it all taste, well, expensive. Which given it’s price, is pretty impressive. The vineyards of Pouilly Fume lie on the other side of the Loire River to Sancerre, so it’s similar but with its own Pouilly personality.
Current red in the rack: Eileen Hardy Shiraz 2010
Price: £30.00 - Buy From Majestic
The idea behind this range is to select the best parcels of Shiraz from regions across Australia and blend them, in this case from the McLaren Vale in South Australia. This is an enormous wine, but not brutish at all. Rather, it’s a powerful combination of spice, blackcurrant fruits and smooth oaky flavours. Rich and savoury, this was served with the most gorgeous lamb dish at the dinner. Never mind the cricket legends, I was all about the wine.