Blue Sky Thinking

Me & my sister at Camp Bestival.

It might be pissing down with rain now but here’s proof that we did have blue skies this summer. Gone in a flash, though. Well, it might have seemed ENDLESS sometime in the middle but we’re now less than a week away before they go back to school. And Eldest Boy is off to a new (secondary) school; Middle Boy and Youngest Girl go into Years Three and Two respectively at theirs. We’re off to do the obligatory school shoe shop tomorrow morning (if only I had that excuse to spend that much money on a pair of shoes because they are a necessity), followed by one last weekend of late nights and lie-ins. There might be a back to school feeling in the air but happily, we’re sun-kissed. Albeit briefly.

Chin chin x

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Current white in the fridge: Terre Siciliane Bianco

Price: £6.50 - Buy From M&S

One of my favourite fridge door whites at the moment, it’s an unoaked blend of local grapes from Sicily. Basically, an unpretentious sunny white with lots of lemony flavours. And that, at the end of more than six long weeks of summer holidays, is exactly what we need. And besides, my sister and I already drank all the rose (see pic above). 

Current red in the rack: De Bortoli Pinot Noir 2013

Price: £8.49 - Buy From Majestic

Such a good late summery red, full of squashed red fruit flavours. Juicy, jammy and a really good (inexpensive) way to enjoy the delights of the Pinot Noir grape. Made in Australia’s Victoria region, it’s silky smooth. Unlike my legs, now that September’s almost here. 


  • Hi Helen
    I've tried the Bortoli, as you say full of jammy fruits but for me a little thin, I enjoy my Pinot's with a little more earthiness, drink slightly chilled.

    * Are you attending the Tesco Wine Fair this year, real shame about the Wine Community shutting down Friday 28th

    All the best
    Dave (spikedc, for just another day)

    • 8 years ago

      Hi Dave, sadly not this year. And yes, a real shame about TWC.

      And I love a perky Pinot! But, horses for courses and all that…

  • School-shoe shopping for us today, too. Sigh. I'll try some of the Bortoli as a reward. Sounds just my cup of tea/glass of wine. XX

    • 8 years ago


  • 8 years ago

    Oh good luck, you'll need wine for that school shoe shop. I'm trying to put it off until half term as I went in late August last year and it was mayhem. Even if it means them limping around!

    • 8 years ago

      Good plan, NVG. Was heaving in John Lewis this morning…

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