Right, two things. Firstly, thank you SO much for all the lovely comments on last week’s blog post. I know there was an incentive (free wine!) but seriously, they were a real joy to read. And enormously appreciated. The other thing is *tries to sound casual, fails* I’m joining BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen as a drinks expert! I know! Had a warm up last week recording a short VT for last Saturday’s show at Sussex vineyard Bolney Estate talking about the new vintage with winemaker Sam Linter (in the red jumper above). And I’ll be live in the studio this Saturday with wines I’ve matched with this week’s recipes. Watch if you can. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to get my roots done.
Current white in the fridge: Voyage au Sud Vermentino
Price: £5.99 - Buy From Waitrose
From southern France, this is all peaches and sunshine for under £6. Made by a local co-operative, they keep the wine on its lees (yeasts after fermentation, in other words dead yeasts. Lees sounds much nicer) for a couple of months to add texture and flavour to the wine. Simple but effective.
Current red in the rack: Co-op Irresistible Pinot Noir
Price: £8.00 - Buy From Co-op
Blimey. As you know, we usually need to approach cheap(ish) Pinot with caution but this one is really smart. Sleek with earthy red fruits and a bit of spice, it comes from one of the cool spots in Chile (both in temperature and on-trendness). There’s added oomph from some oak ageing in French oak barrels too. Gorgeous stuff.
Congratulations! TBH went off Saturday Kitchen a bit but def worth a revisit now!
You are amazing! I don’t normally watch Saturday morning telly but will be tuning in to cheer you on!
Fantastic, excited to see you on a Saturday morning!
Downside is that I will have to be in the shops early in order to secure your recommendations!!!
Wow that’s fantastic news, congratulations!! I’ve always enjoyed Saturday kitchen so I’ll definitely be banning CBeebies this weekend so I can watch you in action! Xx
You’ll be great Helen. A super taster to the show !
Congratulations Helen, look forward to seeing you on Saturday x
Congrats ! Shame I can not watch from France !!
I really enjoyed your enthusiasm on Saturday but sadly I cannot get the silene limoux Chardonnay either on line or in my local co-op
Thanks so much Jane, glad you enjoyed it! I’ve emailed you, we’ll find you some! Hx