As ever, late to the party – our half term is this week. On the up side, mornings aren’t quite so early/shouty. On the down side, trampoline parks. We went to one yesterday afternoon and the kids flipped for an hour whilst I hid in a corner with my laptop, trying to hit a deadline. Honestly, you should leave one of those places with a badge of honour. Instead you leave with a slight ringing in your ears, not to mention an empty wallet. Still, we’re over halfway. Talking of which, every Wednesday evening I’ll be doing a quick live video on the KMWC Facebook page featuring a different wine each week. Click here to sign up if you fancy. And bring your glass.
Current white in the fridge: Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Languedoc White
Price: £7.00 - Buy From Sainsbury's
Gotta love the Languedoc. It’s stuffed with great value wines with – thanks to abundant sun – buckets of ripe fruit flavours. There’s also something refreshingly unstuffy about them. This one’s made from a blend of local grapes including Vermentino, Marsanne and Grenache, generously loaded with waxy lemon and peach flavours. A bright, happy wine that’s brilliant with roast chicken.
Current red in the rack: Waitrose Fairtrade Merlot
Price: £5.99 - Buy From Waitrose
Merlot can sometimes be a bit meh. You know, nice enough but often lacking the oomph of Cabernet or the elegance of Pinot Noir. But what it does do, easily, is provide plenty of juicy plummy fruit, sometimes with a bit of spice (like this one). From the Western Cape in South Africa, specifically from the brilliantly named Olifants River region, this is Fairtrade certified too so you know the grape growers behind this wine are getting a fair deal. Brilliantly drinkable.