Jump(er) To It

After spending last week in London tasting around 100 wines a day (I was judging at the International Wine Challenge, not just really thirsty), I’m back and trying to get on top of things. It’s not going that well. The house is a tip, the laundry basket needs a room of its own, work has gone b-a-n-a-n-a-s and now everyone’s talking about Christmas which means having to get organised about presents and the whole thing just leaves me feeling exhausted. I think I need a glass of wine.

And possibly this sweatshirt below. Made by a friend of mine – Rae, see her website here – I’ve practically lived in my ‘Premier Cru’ super-soft navy sweatshirt since buying it last month. Now she’s kindly offered one of her new ‘Sparkling’ sweats and a bottle of Crémant (together worth over £55!) as a giveaway. I reckon you can slay (or ignore – up to you) anything whilst wearing one of these. Accessorise with a glass of fizz, obviously.

To enter, simply leave a comment on the blog or over on the KMWC Facebook or Instagram page. Usual T&C’s apply: open to UK residents over 18 and the competition closes at 11.59pm on the 30th November 2017. A winner will be picked at random and noticed by email on the 1st December 2017. Good luck!

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Current white in the fridge: Villa Blanche Terret Blanc

Price: £8.49 - Buy From Waitrose

Terret Blanc (which autocorrect desperately wants to change to Ferret) is an old local grape variety grown in the Languedoc in southern France. But here, instead of it being used in a blend, it gets the stage to itself. And goodness, it sings. Light and bright, it’s got the citrus of Sauvignon but with a touch of apple too. If you’ve reached peak Picpoul, try this instead. Doesn’t need food but will perk up a plate of pitta and dips no end.

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Current red in the rack: Trivento Malbec

Price: £6.50 - Buy From Asda

Talking of presents, this is a great one for teachers. Widely available (Tesco, Morrisons, Asda, Waitrose and lots more), it’s usually around £8 a bottle but is on offer in Asda at the moment. And it’s such a winter-friendly, warm red with juicy bramble fruits and cushion-soft tannins. Amazing value for money, this one’s a smart-looking gold medal winning wine too. What’s not to love? (Apart from the overuse of that phrase, obviously).

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  • Rachel
    4 months ago

    Fab to have a alternative to omni-present Prosecco. Will be trying it for my next planned girls night in!

  • 4 months ago

    Ah the stamina required at the IWC! Go! Go! Go! Tried the Terret from Waitrose – a nice refreshing tipple with grape variety interest. On the garment front (or back) – something decent to ponce around in on the vinous catwalk me thinks!

  • Charlotte Russell
    4 months ago

    My George would say “get that one, it’s got tourettes!!!!” which he’d find really funny, particularly as his language has hit an all time teenage low! If I’m wearing that top at least I will look lovely while I swear back at him 😉 x

  • Ellie smith
    4 months ago

    I haven’t tried this one before. For £55 you can’t go wrong though, right!

  • Claire
    4 months ago

    Love these tops (and your blog!) x

  • Caitriana
    4 months ago

    Villa Blanche is on my shopping list for trip to Waitrose tomorrow – will try out on girls evening on Friday – might get extra for tomorrow first though!

  • Gemma Whiteford
    4 months ago

    Loving the white wine suggestion…to be fair anything that goes with dips is a winner in my book. Loving the jumpers too

  • Sarah Prentice
    4 months ago

    brilliant prize, cheers for the chance!

  • Heather Langridge
    4 months ago

    I would like the chance to sparkle!

  • Caroline Oliver
    4 months ago

    Love the tops!

  • 4 months ago

    I love your ‘swine’ club Helen, that’s how my eyes seem to read KMWC !
    Your blogs always make me smile and a sparkling top would be lovely too x

  • Mike Lee
    4 months ago

    Count me in – if by some small miracle my name jumps from your hat I’ll pass the top over to Judy… Mx

  • Janet Readings
    4 months ago

    Great wine blog – try lots of your suggestions. Love the jumpers too so please put my name in the ‘hat’.

  • louise lawrence
    4 months ago

    I will try this weeks white suggestion, sounds great! thank you

  • Helen Sheppard
    4 months ago

    Love the jumpers – would be great for my work’s Christmas party! The blogs are good too – especially when they sometimes recommend wines from the supermarket I work in. 🙂

  • Patricia Sey
    4 months ago

    All that glitters and all that…fingers crossed for a sparkling surprise in more ways than one.

  • Sarah Unsworth
    4 months ago

    The prize would be perfect for my fizzy Fridays. What to wear otherwise … it’s a first world issue .
    Loving the blog always

  • Rochelle
    4 months ago

    Delicious wine AND snuggly sweatshirts … what’s not to love about crisp cold weather? Off to stock up on this week’s recommendations …

  • Sonya Dyke
    4 months ago

    As a fan of the Picpoul – I’m keen to give the Terret a try! Even better in a Sparkling jumper

    4 months ago

    I can jump to it and not spill a drop of wine either 🙂 love these jumpers.x

  • Ros Egeland
    4 months ago

    My cousin had Cremant de Bourgogne at her (very posh) wedding instead of Champagne, back in 1990, when no-one had heard of it – it was lovely! Happy memories…

  • Paula Houghton
    4 months ago

    Love the blog, always try as many of the recommendations as possible.
    For those of you who are thinking about the case of wines from the kmwc it’s fab and great value!
    As for the jumper….I’d love the chance to win one!

  • Zoe
    4 months ago

    Sparkling Cremant and sparkling sweatshirt, perfect combination, yes please to both!!

  • Lucy Schoonhoven
    4 months ago

    Oh yes put me in the hat please! It’ll have to be a large one!

  • Adele Knott
    4 months ago

    Love these jumpers! And love fizz! Keeping my fingers crossed 😊

  • Adele Knott
    4 months ago

    Love the jumpers and love fizz so keeping everything crossed!

  • Lesley Lewis
    4 months ago

    Got one of your Christmas case open beside me now, no presents bought yet & my 2&7 year olds are still up at 10.pm on a school night 😱…..but feeling slightly more “sparkling” for some reason 😉 The jumper & the fizz would have a good home here for sure!!

  • Sarah
    4 months ago

    What a week! Now watching my swimming on a Friday night in cold Northern temperatures! Have the wine to go back to though.

  • Kirsty
    4 months ago

    Count me in for a Sparkling Christmas

  • Jude
    4 months ago

    Great blog this week, even better with chance to win Sparkling prize, thank you

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