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Last week was a bit of a monster. Work (so to speak) included hosting a cocktail tasting at a local Singles Night, speaking at a literary festival lunch for book clubs and doing a wine tasting for a great/thirsty bunch in London. Play (so to speak) included a Halloween Party for 14 kids and a paint-balling Birthday Party for a gang of cake-fuelled eleven year olds. So when I mentioned to a friend that I was feeling a bit frazzled she said no wonder given that Venus is in retrograde. Apparently the planets are really busy so we’re all a bit up in the air and should avoid making any big decisions. Which is lucky, given that the only one I’ve got the energy for right now is red or white.

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Current sparkling in the fridge: Taste The Difference Pignoletto

Price: ยฃ7.00 - Buy From Sainsbury's

If you love Prosecco but want something a little drier, try this. It’s made from a nearby region in Italy, is made in the same way and has that same easy-going frothiness. But the grape used to make it is different so the result is more crisp green apple than your average Prosecco. Normally ยฃ8/bottle but currently on offer (yay).

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Current red in the rack: Il Sarmento Nero di Troia

Price: ยฃ5.50 - Buy From Co-op

This isn’t the exact label (this one’s for the Nero d’Avola, a different grape variety) but the labels looks very similar. So, now you know what you’re looking for, here’s what to expect from the little-known Nero di Troia grape. A mouthful of squashed black fruits, a bit of spice and plenty of change from a tenner. Love it.

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