I posted this picture of Wonder Woman on Instagram to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day. I’m the one in the red t-shirt and blue dungarees. I was six years old, on holiday in Florida. And as you can see, I was in complete awe of Wonder Woman’s fabulousness. I loved that she could fly, had a lasso of truth and rocked a tiara with special powers, not to mention that amazing leotard/boots combo. I look at this picture and like to believe that, in my head, I was thinking ‘anything is possible’. I was probably also wondering if we’d be getting an ice cream once Wonder Woman had, you know, wandered off. But I’m going with ‘anything is possible’. Except possibly in dungarees rather than a leotard.
Current white in the fridge: My Karp Riesling
Price: £11.49 - Buy From Laithwaites
Good German Riesling is very good at balancing. Specifically, it manages to balance amazing freshness with intense fruit flavours. This one’s classically off-dry (there’s a hint of sweetness rather than full on sweetie sweetness) with perky grapefruit and lime cordial flavours. The vineyards lie on the steepest slate-covered slopes along the banks of the Mosel river and have to be harvested by hand rather than machine. A properly wonderful wine, it has actual superpowers when it comes to food, bringing out the best in both. Refreshingly low-ish in alcohol, too. Try it with anything lightly spicy, especially crab cakes.
Current red in the rack: Co-op Fairtrade Merlot
Price: £5.99 - Buy From Co-op
It’s Fairtrade Fortnight until the 13th March and the Co-op (always a champion of Fairtrade products and by far the best Fairtrade wine range on the high street) is offering 15% off their entire Fairtrade range to encourage us to try them. Normally £6.99, this is from a very good producer in Argentina, La Riojana. Merlot can be a bit meh sometimes, but this one’s got lots going on including bright, bramble fruits and a touch of welcome earthiness. Great value – and especially good with a bowl of beef stew and a jacket potato.