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.