They say the best things in life are free. Not altogether true (wine! luxury skincare!) but you get the gist. Anyway, last week I posted a picture on Instagram of these brightly coloured gin-filled baubles. Designed to hang on your Christmas tree and filled with Pickering’s Gin, they are, quite simply, gin-ius. Sadly, they’re not free (a box of six costs £30 from Laithwaites) but I’m giving mine away because, to be honest, it’s unlikely they’ll last until December if I keep them. To enter, just leave a comment below this post on the blog. See below for T&Cs and in the meantime, more (free) wine recommendations. Chin chin!
T&Cs: The prize draw is open any UK resident over the age of 18. Closing date is 31st October 2017 at 11.59pm. A winner will be picked at random and notified by 3rd November 2017.
Current white in the fridge: Leaf Plucker Sauvignon Blanc
Price: £6.99 - Buy From Aldi
Ridiculously good value Sauvignon Blanc from the Western Cape, this has got all the bouncy citrus fruit you want (expect) from the super-fresh Sauvignon Blanc grape. But there’s another layer of flavour too, a kind of peachy hit. Some of the wine was aged in French oak barrels, giving it a bit more welly. Lovely, lovely stuff. And the leaf plucker in question? Sheep, apparently. They nibble the vines and the grapes get more sun. Win, win(e).
Current red in the rack: Taste the Difference Padthaway Merlot
Price: £7.00 - Buy From Sainsbury's
Love this rich, raisiny red from South Australia’s Padthaway region. It’s big (and at 14%, it needs food – or at least, a sofa) but not too burly. Rather, it’s got gorgeous chocolate-y flavours and soft, juicy tannins (the teeth-coating stuff that you get in red wine). Merlot sometimes gets a bit overlooked, especially as other red grapes tend to shout louder in the glass (Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, I’m looking at you) but if you’re in the mood for a non-shouty, great value warming red, this is made for you. Me too.