Order, Order!

So this is me, holding a copy of my new book – Teetotal Tipples – in my hand. Obviously, I have a glass of wine in the other. It’s now exactly a month until the book is out but you can pre-order it here! I wrote it because, having done a dry January earlier this year, I realised the hardest part about not drinking wasn’t in fact the not drinking. Rather, it was finding a vaguely grown up soft drink to replace my usual glass of wine. So this book’s full of booze-free drinks to get you through a dry spell whether for a month, nine months or just a couple of nights a week. And at the end, there’s a whole section on what to look out for when you’re back on the wine. All for the price of a decent bottle! Talking of which…

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Current sherry in the fridge: Tanners Mariscal Manzanilla Sherry

Price: £9.95 - Buy From Tanners

Late to the party as ever, last week was Sherry Week. I’m carrying on the party with this gem from the seaside town of Sanlúcar. Known for its trademark salty style, Manzanilla is one of the most effective pre-prandial drinks, kicking the palate into action. If you want to know more about sherry, wine writer Fiona Beckett has just written a brilliant guide stuffed with info including food matching tips. You can download it here. In the meantime, stick some of this in your fridge door sharpish.

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Current white in the fridge: Tumbarumba Chardonnay

Price: £13.00 - Buy From M&S

Chardonnay comes in all shapes and sizes depending on where it’s grown and who makes it. This one’s from a high altitude vineyard area not far from Sydney that sounds not unlike a pop band I used to know in the 90s that sang about getting knocked down (they got back up again). Anyhoo, this one’s more cool, calm and collected than in-your-face fruit. There’s lots of grapefruit and melon, with a fair bit of weight to it. Think long flavours. Definitely a food wine, esp. roast chicken.

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Current red in the rack: Araldica Barbera D’Asti Superiore

Price: £8.99 - Buy From Waitrose

Piedmont in northern Italy is famous for its food and wine, specifically Barolo and truffles. Compared with the enormous flavours of Barolo, the other famous red wine from the region – Barbera – can look slight in comparison. But I love them for their sheer juiciness and drinkability. This one’s full of spice and cherry flavours; gently earthy too. From a fantastic producer, it’s properly great value at under £9.

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8 Comments

  • So looking forward to it. I know, me being a cocktail addict but true. I had to make a mocktail for a cooking demo and although quite challenged to start with, I soon got into the whole no alcohol thing. The mocktail demo was more popular that the alcoholic one!! Elinor xx

    • Helen McGinn
      4 years ago

      Exactly! There’s lots you can do to make booze-free not quite so dull. And best of all, it makes me really appreciate the wine in my glass when it’s in there!

  • Alison Ware
    4 years ago

    Hi Helen, Really big congratulations on your new book – your face says it all! Please put a copy on order for us or should I follow a specific route to place an order?
    Due to Steven’s current condition (I am sure you have heard about it), we have both turned (temporarily) vegan – and off the alcohol!! 🙁
    Therefore your book could not have come at a better time – so we look forward to trying out every one of the recipes in your new book. Catch up with you soon and I hope your book flies off the shelves. – ps would you kindly sign it for us please (for when you are REALLY famous!! – or should I add and REALLY WEALTHY – like JK Rowling!!!
    best wishes Alison and Steven Ware

    • Helen McGinn
      4 years ago

      Hi Alison, thank you SO much for your lovely kind words. It’s out on the 15th December available online or in Waterstones, Foyles etc. but I’ll have some copies I can sign before then. Emailing you now! x

  • Cait
    4 years ago

    Ordered, Ordered! May toss in the occasional spirit just to shake it up-as no doubt they’ll make extra-special cocktails too. I(Did I miss something?) n the meantime, the perfect soon-to-be teen stocking filler!

    • Helen McGinn
      4 years ago

      You are too kind, m’lady. With you in spirit x

  • Maggie
    4 years ago

    Hi Helen, I was fortunate to join your session at Melrose Book Fayre a couple of years ago and would very much like a copy of your new book (signed if possible). How do I go about it?

    • Helen McGinn
      4 years ago

      Hi Maggie, how lovely to hear from you! Loved Melrose always…just drop me an email (knackered mother @ gmail dot com) with details and I’ll sign and send you a copy x

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