Forward Planning

Right, a couple of Bank Holiday weekends coming up. Time to get organised and fill the fridge/rack accordingly. We need to cover last minute drop ins, big family get-togethers and something to collapse on the sofa with. But before I get to the wines, let’s do diaries. This Sunday, I’m hosting a wine tasting at the inaugural Henley on Food festival. 7pm, with wines (obvs) – details here. Other events coming up include the Borders book festival (details here) and Camp Bestival (details here), later on this summer. Come! It’ll be a blast…

Have a super long weekend x

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Current sparkling in the fridge: Veuve Montigny Rose Champagne Brut NV

Price: £13.99 - Buy From Aldi

I’m thinking pink for this weekend to kick off Sunday lunch, quite one of my favourites times of the Bank Holiday weekend, always. Came across this one at a recent Aldi press tasting and it stood out for all the right reasons, not least for its brilliant value. It’s fresh and crisp, with gentle strawberry fruit flavours and that all-important touch of digestive biscuit. Not available in all their stores but you can now order it by the case for delivery if you live close enough to one.

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Current white in the fridge: Grillo

Price: £7.50 - Buy From M&S

A snappy Italian white in the fridge door on permanent standby means you can pour out a small/large glass for any visitors (depending on how long you want them to stay). This is way better than your average Italian; memorable without being showy. Just the right balance of bright, pear and lemon fruit, it’s made from the Grillo grape grown in Sicily. Add plenty of salty snacks.

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Current red in the rack: Daydream Pinot Noir

Price: £7.79 - Buy From Waitrose

I picked this up last week whilst racing round Waitrose and it was definitely the label that made me do so. Happily, what’s inside is dreamy at the price (it’s normally £9.79). Namely, juicy, bright Pinot Noir from Australia’s Yarra Valley. It’s medium bodied, with softish tannins (the grippy coat-the-teeth stuff) and plenty of flavour. Retire with a glass of this in hand to the sofa and all will be well.

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  • 5 years ago

    Helen. I’m delighted at your achievements & I hope to see you at an event soon. Kind regards

    • Helen McGinn
      5 years ago

      Thanks, Peter! Very kind.

  • Adrian
    5 years ago

    Great presentation at the wonderful henley food festival last night Helen thank you so much.

    • Helen McGinn
      5 years ago

      Thank you! So pleased you enjoyed it, was really good fun to do!

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