Comedy Camp

I have Camp Bestival news: I’m doing a wine tasting on the Saturday night with the wee-inducinginly funny, gold catsuit-rocking comedy duo The Scummy Mummies. And our host for the evening is DJ Sara Cox. I know! And, if you fancy doing another (smaller) pop-up tasting on the Friday, with just me and a load of lovely wine, enter your details here for a chance to win a spot. In the meantime, this week’s wine selections have Father’s Day in mind. Hopefully you’ll get to drink some of them too. Win win.

Also, calling all sherry fans! There’s a sherry festival running all this week with over 50 independent wine shops opening bottles for you to try. Find which one nearest you is taking part by checking this website. Then go and fill your boots with the most incredible value wines ON EARTH.

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Current white in the fridge: Tim Adams Semillon

Price: £9.00 - Buy From Tesco

This is a wine that just gets better with age. Like all of us *group hug*. Anyway, the Semillon grape does have a habit of changing depending on where it’s grown and here, in South Australia’s Clare Valley, it takes on a gorgeous tropical fruit character. Think limes, apricots and grassy, lemony loveliness. Meatier than a Sauvignon, less so than an oaky Chardonnay. It’ll keep for another ten years but my bottle didn’t last more than two days. Just right with roast chicken (including leftovers).

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Current red in the rack: The Cubist Old Vine Garnacha

Price: £7.99 - Buy From Waitrose

Garnacha is one of Spain’s main grapes but what makes it really special in this case is that it comes from really old vines. Some of them are almost 100 years old and the vineyards, in the Aragon region of Calatayud, are high at over 1000 metres (I’m giving you figures, just in case your dad asks you). This means the growing season is long, which in turn means the grapes are incredibly concentrated with flavour by the time they’re ready to be turned into wine. Normally £9.99, this is on offer until the end of the month. An absolute bargain for a super smart, rich, mellow, juicy red with real character. Will love a leg of roast lamb.

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  • Louise
    5 years ago

    Hi Helen, I was one of the very lucky ones to see the scrummy mummies and enjoy your selection of wines at camp bestival this weekend. As I was too busy laughing with a glass in hand I wondered if you could tell me what the names of the wines we tasted especially the sparkling – many thanks Louise

    • Helen McGinn
      5 years ago

      Hi Louise, so thrilled you enjoyed it! I’ll be putting details of the wines on the blog this week…the sparkling was from Berry Bros, their Cremant de Limoux, £11.95.

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