Yesterday was One Of Those Days. Came back from the school run to find the puppies had escaped from the kitchen, tearing through the bins on their way out before moving on to Youngest Girl’s cuddly toy stash. Opened the front door to utter carnage, like a horror version of The Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Stuffing everywhere. Piglet lost an arm (leg?) and both his ears, and he was one of the lucky ones. Then, in a final flourish, the puppies pissed on our bed. Twice. Luckily, changing sheets as 11.50pm is so much fun. In other news, I’m still doing Dry January for that piece in the paper. So far, two people have told me I look tired and I’ve put on weight. Chin chin, literally.
White in the rack: DB Family Selection Chardonnay
Price: £5.00 - Buy From Asda
This is one for anyone who loves the idea of drinking tinned peaches in wine form. Not everyone’s bag, but if you like ripe, round, tropical fruit loaded whites with simple but happy flavours at an outrageously good price, then it’s a great buy. De Bortoli are one of Australia’s oldest family-owned wine producers. And their ‘family selection’ is right up my (quality) street. Put it with creamy fish pie.
Red in the rack: Veneto Rosso
Price: £6.99 - Buy From Lidl
A perky Northern Italian red made from a blend of grapes, some of which were partially dried before they were fermented. This adds a bit more oomph and depth to the juicy baked plum flavours. It’s a stealth red: despite its friendly warmth, there’s 14% of alcohol in there. By the second glass you’ll have your feet up. By the third you’ll be asleep. Lovely.