What a week it’s been: long, cold and the guy who was in Home Alone 2 briefly is to be President (I’m watching as I type). A highlight was Wednesday, when I went to sign books at a friend’s new wine shop in London, Wild & Lees. Not only did I get to see some of my very favourite bloggers including the Crumbs sisters and the indomitable Scummy Mummies, but I also got to meet the gorgeous Clemmie Hooper. She’s a midwife, mother to four daughters and she’s written How to Grow A Baby* (*and push it out). Published next month, it’s the kind of thing I wish had been around when I was having babies. Still, now you really know what to expect when you’re expecting. A copy of her book with any luck.
Current white in the fridge: Martisor Pinot Grigio
Price: £7.49 - Buy From Waitrose
This is one of those wines that doesn’t require much thought. Or food. Rather, it’s the wine equivalent of chilled background noise. Light, fresh and lemony with a bit of a floral twist to it, it’s a fridge door banker. The name Martisor refers to an ancient Romanian tradition celebrating the beginning of Spring. I’ll drink to that.
Current red in the rack: Changyu Noble Dragon Cabernet Gernisht
Price: £8.00 - Buy From Sainsbury's
Made in China. Yes, really! Sent to me by Sainsbury’s to try ahead of Chinese New Year, it’s quite an eye-opener. For starters, it’s surprisingly drinkable (believe me, I’ve tried a few Chinese wines over the years that were anything but). Not only that, it’s really rather good. I mean, if you don’t like your reds pretty oaky, this one’s probably not for you. But if you like smoky black fruits and want to play ‘guess where this is from’ and win, this is worth a try.