Small Mercies

I’m a little delirious. I blame half term. Normally, when the kids are all at school, I get a clear day to do stuff. Until 3pm, that is, when all bets are off until at least 8pm. But at least there are a few hours in the day to work, write, taste wine (I know, ridiculous job) and do everything else that needs to be done to keep a family fed and happy. But next week, I’ve got to do all of that with them actually here. And I haven’t had to do that since, ooh let me think, the SIX WEEK LONG summer holidays. Still, at least I don’t have to wear a sodding swimming costume.

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Current white in the fridge: Mesta Organic Old Vine Airén

Price: £6.00 - Buy From M&S

I know I go on about how brilliantly drinkable simple Italian whites can be, but this wine shows Spain can do that too. Made from the widely planted Airen grape, done simply it can be crisp and fresh. But when the grapes come from old bush vines planted at vineyards at altitude, like the ones used to make this wine, it gets decidedly more interesting. Peachy and bright, it’s a real fridge door banker. Great label too.

Current red in the rack: Exquisite Collection Cabernet de Cabernet

Price: £5.99 - Buy From Aldi

A deliciously spicy mix of two grapes that share a first name, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, made by a whizz of a producer in the Languedoc region in southern France. It’s rich, thick with bramble fruit flavours and soft tannins (that teeth-coating quality that red wines have). Worked a treat with a bowl of spaghetti bolognese.


  • Feeling your pain. Not quite sure how I will get any writing done whilst the girls are on half term….. Might have to turn to the wine!

    • Helen McGinn
      7 years ago

      Stay strong, Mrs x

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