Ten years ago to the day I decided to write a wine blog. I remember hitting publish on that first post, just a few sentences on how I planned to recommend a couple of wines each week in the hope it might help anyone looking for a little wine inspiration. With three kids under five and a part-time job, it was also my way of carving out an hour or so each week to think about something other than, well, three kids under five and a part-time job. Little did I know how it would change my life. The blog became a book, then two more (and another on the way). And I absolutely love reading your comments and emails, hearing how some of you have started your own wine clubs with friends or helping with wine recommendations for a special occasion. Meeting so many of you at wine tastings and festivals over the years has been a complete joy.
To celebrate, I’d love to buy one of you life-long membership to one of my favourite online wine retailers, The Wine Society. We’ll then select a case of six bottles depending on wine styles you like or want to explore to get you going. To enter, simply leave a comment on the blog below this post and I’ll pick a winner next week.
Cheers, winos. And thank you for making the KMWC what it is x
T&Cs: UK residents only. Must be over 18 years old to enter. Competition closes on 8th October 2019 at 11.59pm. The winner will be notified by email and the prize will be sent to the winner after that date.
Current white in the fridge: Baron de Ley Varietales
Price: £8.99 - Buy From Aldi
A gorgeous white Rioja made from the Garnacha Blanca grape. Normally this grape doesn’t get to take centre stage but here it is, in the spotlight, looking very good indeed. With glossy citrus flavours and a hint of spice from some ageing in oak barrels, it makes a refreshing change to drink white rather than red Rioja. And its weightiness makes it a properly good match for roast chicken.
Current red in the rack: Perdebee Shiraz
Price: £9.95 - Buy From The Wine Society
Colder weather calls for warmer reds and this one’s a gem. Made from the Shiraz grape, the cooler region of Darling in South Africa’s Western Cape brings out its spicy side. A little rough around the edges but it works in a kind of earthy way. You have to be a member of the Wine Society to buy it but the one-off lifetime membership costs £40 and once you’re in, there are plenty of really good value wines to choose from.