Espresso Love

I’ve been all over the place this week. Literally. London for work, Manchester for an author’s talk and Bath for a wine tasting. And I’ve done some radio interviews in between, including one on how drink affects your mood (answer: largely depends how you’re feeling before you have one) and another on whether there’s any such thing as a hangover-free drink (not unless it doesn’t have alcohol in it, annoyingly). I’m doing another one later (You & Yours! So excited) before heading back to help host a Cocktails & Comedy event tonight. Thankfully, there’s an espresso martini in it for me. Think I’m going to need it. But next week the school run up to Christmas really starts. Bake sales, concerts, plays, sorting outfits for dress up days…

Makes this week look like a doddle.

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Current white in the fridge: Most Wanted Albarino

Price: £8.49 - Buy From Co-op

This was one of the wines in the line up at last Friday’s Trouble Lounge event in Bath and it absolutely lived up to its name. Bright, light and full of gorgeous lemony fruit with a whiff of nectarine, it’s one to try if you like Sauvignon Blanc but want something a little less herby, a bit more peachy. Lovely on its own, happy with food. Try it with seafood or lemony roast chicken.

Current red in the rack: Beaujolais Nouveau

Price: £8.00 - Buy From M&S

Beaujolais Nouveau, the first French wine from the new vintage to hit our shelves, used to be a bit of an event back in the 70s & 80s.  Then it got naff; quality and sales dwindled to almost nothing. But it’s definitely back – and with a whole new attitude. This one’s really well made, full of juicy, just-squashed berry fruit flavours. Amazing to think the Gamay grapes that made this were hanging out on the vine just a few months ago. Perfect with a bowl of smoky bacon crisps.

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