Enough

According to new alcohol consumption guidelines issued last week, drinking more than 14 units of alcohol a week is bad for us. From now on we’re advised to drink no more than seven glasses of wine a week. If pregnant, it’s nothing at all. And you know that thing about wine being good for you in moderation? Apparently not so, according to the Chief Medical Officer’s review. All of which had me wishing that I wasn’t doing a dry January. Because the one thing that’s missing from the narrative is the fact that most people drink a) in moderation and b) for pleasure. A glass of wine in the evening is a lovely thing. And I’m so looking forward to drinking to that.

White in the fridge: Verdicchio dei Castello di Jesi Classico

Price: £8.00 - Buy From M&S

There’s something refreshing about a good Italian white like this one. I’m not just talking about the taste, but that it’s made from a grape you don’t often find elsewhere (in this case the Marche region, roughly the calf of the boot). Grown on the hillsides around the town of Jesi, the style is nicely distinctive: lightly floral, with fresh pear and white peach fruit flavours. Great light food wine, or on its own whilst munching on breadsticks.

Red in the rack: Reserve de Fleur Cotes du Rhone

Price: £8.50 - Buy From Oddbins

Chunky style red from one of the best value regions in France, the Rhone Valley. This is all about the ripe juicy fruit (it’s not been anywhere near an oak barrel), namely blackcurrants sprinkled with pepper. Oh, and at 14%, it’s not shy. Definitely needs food, preferably a big plate of sausages and mash.

13 Comments

  • 1 year ago

    Fully agree, think they miss the point of the actual enjoyment of the drink. It’s not like we’re down the pub sinking back pints of crap Fosters is it?

    • Helen McGinn
      1 year ago

      Getting to the pub in the first place would be a fine thing!

  • Trish Booth
    1 year ago

    It makes me laugh when I think of my Grandmother who used to take all her tablets with a large glass of gin and french – she lived till her late 80s, and was elegant and intelligent to the end.

    • Helen McGinn
      1 year ago

      Oh, I *LOVE* that.

  • LaLa
    1 year ago

    Can’t wait for 1st Feb to enjoy my glass of wine at 6o/c.
    It’s a dry old January, but if I can do it, anybody can do it.

    • Helen McGinn
      1 year ago

      I’M SO PROUD OF YOU XXX

  • Helen
    1 year ago

    Living in Prague and loving the Knackered Mother’s Blog, we do have M&S here and Tesco, your tips are not wasted on me, when I go back home to the UK, I can check the Blog and re-stock! It really is useful where ever you are.

    • Helen McGinn
      1 year ago

      Ah, thank you! So pleased you find it useful. It’s why I do it!

  • Nicky
    1 year ago

    Well said! Couldn’t agree more (and love the new-ish website)

    • Helen McGinn
      1 year ago

      Thank you, Nicky! And thrilled you like the new look KMWC.

  • 1 year ago

    Do they say what’s actually wrong with drinking moderately on a regular basis? Obviously binge or even over-drinking isn’t good but surely one’s liver can cope with a glass or two in the evening? (Do I sound desperate?)

  • Susie K
    1 year ago

    I too love the new look. Can’t believe how much your puppies have grown. ….
    Susie

    • Helen McGinn
      1 year ago

      Ah, thank you. I know, haven’t they?!

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