After what feels like 782 days, January is finally over. Even the universe seemed pleased to see the back of it, sticking a beautiful blue moon in the sky to celebrate. Come to think of it a few things happened in January that, not unlike a blue moon, I know to be rare but not impossible. I found the coat of my dreams half price in the sale and in my size. And in between deadlines, I wrote another chapter of my up-lit (for that is its genre, apparently) novel. I’m yet to find a loo seat left down in this house but turns out not even a blue moon can help with that.
Current white in the fridge: Pujalet Côtes de Gascogne
Price: £5.49 - Buy From Waitrose
Love this gorgeous bright white, fresh as a daisy and full of lemony loveliness. It’s made by one of the biggest and best producers in the Gascony region and for well under £6 is seriously good value for money. Made from a blend of local grapes including Colombard and Ugni Blanc, it’s got more going for it than your standard easy drinking white. Light on its feet too, at just 11%.
Current red in the rack: Tesco Finest Minervois La Liviniere
Price: £7.60 - Buy From Tesco
Currently on offer (it’s normally £9.50), this is just the kind of red required to make these cold, dark winter nights feel not quite so long. Or dark. From southern France, it’s from a small area within Minervois, known for its sweet, juicy reds with soft tannins (the teeth-coating stuff you get in a stewed cup of tea) and real freshness. I loved this – as did everyone else round the table, unfortunately. Meant I only got half a glass. Gorgeous with slow roast lamb.