And so finally – finally! – my kids have broken up for the summer holidays. After what felt like weeks of end of term celebrations, we headed to the beach after their last day. The kids all jumped into the sea in their uniforms as parents watched on, mainlining crisps and a glass of rosé. And now, as I stare down the barrel of six weeks managing the work/life mesh with them all at home (and *breathe*) I’m determined to take it as it comes. Not have too many plans. Not shout too much. And not run out of wine, obviously.
Current sparkling in the fridge: Philizot Organic Champagne
Price: £26.99 - Buy From Aldi
It looks more like a rosé than a white but get past that and you get to the flavours: crushed biscuits, light red fruits and a big dash of citrus keeping everything fresh. Organic champagne isn’t always easy to find, certainly not on supermarket shelves at least. Absolutely fabulous.
Current red in the fridge: Te Mata Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir
Price: £13.50 - Buy From The Wine Society
This is a red for hot days. Or balmy evenings, at least. Made from the Gamay grape, it’s best known as the grape behind Beaujolais but here it is feeling quite at home in New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay. Light and juicy with lots of red fruit flavours – redcurrant, raspberries – and properly fresh too. Not cheap but refreshingly different and beautifully made. Stick it in the fridge for half an hour before drinking to make the flavours really pop.