Hels’ Kitchen

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.

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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.


  • Simon Heape
    4 years ago

    Congratulations! TBH went off Saturday Kitchen a bit but def worth a revisit now!

  • 4 years ago

    You are amazing! I don’t normally watch Saturday morning telly but will be tuning in to cheer you on!

  • Kathy Graham
    4 years ago

    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!!!

  • Gemma Seton
    4 years ago

    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

  • Peter
    4 years ago

    You’ll be great Helen. A super taster to the show !

  • Jean Edmondson
    4 years ago

    Congratulations Helen, look forward to seeing you on Saturday x

  • Nathalie Estribeau
    4 years ago

    Congrats ! Shame I can not watch from France !!

  • Jane
    4 years ago

    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
    Any tips

    • Helen McGinn
      4 years ago

      Thanks so much Jane, glad you enjoyed it! I’ve emailed you, we’ll find you some! Hx

  • 3 months ago

    We love White and Rose wines taken Helens advice on lovely Aldi wines. What we are looking for his both of these wines with less acid taste smoother. We’ve bought a 49 bottle Wooler which we set at 11 deg, Hope you can help us in this matter, Glad your knee his improving Love your part and advice wish you had longer to discuss. Probably an alternative to red wine with a meal Look forward to your reply Helen Take Care

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