Holiday Essentials

Last weekend went by in a haze of lamb, rioja and gold Lindt bunnies. Now we’re well into the school holidays and I’m mostly running on leftover eggs (chocolate, not chicken). That and wine, obviously. Talking of which, I’ve gone for more wine recommendations than usual this week given the circumstances. You know, just in case the chocolate runs out.

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Current sparkling in the fridge: Pol Aime Champagne Brut NV

Price: £9.95 - Buy From Tesco

On offer at £9.95 until Sunday 3rd April and if you buy six bottles, the price per bottle goes down to £7.45 – an insanely cheap price for a bottle of champagne. I had to scour a few stores to find some, mind. Bubbly, lemony and bright, this is a simple take on champagne but at this price, it’s amazing value for money. Perk it up with a bit of smoked salmon on thickly buttered brown bread with a squeeze of lemon. Happy (holi)days.

Current white in the fridge: Axis Clare Valley Riesling

Price: £5.99 - Buy From Lidl

If you’re spooked by Riesling, don’t be. This isn’t scary at all. Made in Australia’s Clare Valley, it’s just off-dry with a loads of lime and grapefruit flavours. Crisp, clean and bright, it’s like a spring clean for the taste buds. Add some fishcakes and a big green salad to see the wine in technicolour.

Current red in the rack: Tinto da Ânfora

Price: £7.99 - Buy From Waitrose

I love that Portuguese wines are usually made from grapes with names I can barely pronounce. They are so original, with an amazing sense of place. The reds are often big. bold and heady, thanks to a ton of sun ripening these indigenous grapes to the max. This one, normally a couple of quid more but currently on offer, is made from a blend of grape varieties including Touriga Nacional, Aragonez and Trincadeira. Loaded with bramble fruits, it’s brilliant with beef stew.


  • 7 years ago

    Champagne is an amazing price, thanks so for the tip, I’m off. On the Jack Wills website ( teenage son and yes me too ) online shopping.

    Quote to get you in the holiday vibe…’summer is a verb not a noun’..Happy hols..

    • Helen McGinn
      7 years ago

      Hope you got your hands on some…!

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