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.