Well here we are, half term apparently. Not that it feels very different to last week. The kids are still helping themselves to food from the fridge at all times, endlessly asking where their clothes are before they’ve even checked the washing basket/their bedroom floor. Anyway, thank goodness for blue skies even if we can’t have a change of scene. Actually, having said that I’ve been going for a walk in the most beautiful vineyards in France every morning. Virtually, of course, via Instagram with winemaker Katie Jones. She’s been live-streaming her daily morning vineyard ramble and for fifteen minutes I lose myself in the vines, cup of tea in hand in a quiet house. Click here and follow Katie to join her, 7.30am UK time, every weekday morning. I’ve popped one of her wines in this week’s recommendations along with a knockout Tasmanian sparkling currently on offer in Waitrose. If you want the homemade Earl Grey Gin or Strawberry & Basil shrub recipe from last weekend’s Saturday Kitchen (see above!) click here. Hang on in there, winos x
Current sparkling in the fridge: Jansz Premium Cuvée Brut
Price: £13.49 - Buy From Waitrose
Currently on offer with a whopping £4.50 off the normal price, this is a really fantastic traditional method (meaning made in the same way as champagne) sparkling wine from the cool climate of Tasmania. It’s a classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and manages to stuff both subtle red fruits and broken biscuits in the bottle. Gorgeous.
Current red in the rack: Domaine Jones Hairy Grenache
Price: £17.99 - Buy From Oxford Wine Company
Made from a grape called Lledoner Pelut in the Languedoc, nicknamed by Domaine Jones’ winemaker Katie Jones as Hairy Grenache owing to the hairy leaves on the vine. It’s a bit like Grenache – juicy, smooth – but lighter in style. Still packs a whack of alcohol at 14% but it’s more a loveable little (hairy) beast than a monster red. Barbecue food-friendly.