I posted a picture of a wine over on my Instagram page yesterday, a gorgeous Melon de Bourgogne/Chardonnay blend I’d recommended to a friend. She’d asked for a slightly lighter alternative to her usual favourite (white Burgundy) because, well, menopause. Within minutes the comments starting coming in so I thought I’d do a proper post over here. Now, there’s little medical evidence to back up the whole wine & menopause thing but what we do know is that drinking alcohol raises our internal body temperature so wine definitely isn’t going to help with hot flushes, night sweats and sleeplessness. And our bodies’ ability to break down alcohol slows as we get older; add menopausal symptoms into the mix and it’s no surprise wine in quantity isn’t going to make us feel exactly bionic. The answer seems to be to drink less but better. Boring, I know. But there it is. Also, naturally lighter in alcohol if possible. Most importantly, make every glass (or wine mug) count. Let me know if/how it’s affecting you differently as you get older. Now, is it me or is it hot in here?
Current white in the fridge: Les Athlètes du Vin Mumu Chardonnay
Price: £12.50 - Buy From The Solent Cellar
Made from a blend of Melon de Bourgogne (the grape behind Muscadet) and Chardonnay, this perky Loire white is delightfully light on its feet (it’s a friendly 12% abv). I love Loire whites, not least because they’re usually really good value. This isn’t exactly cheap but you’d probably pay a lot more for it if the Chardonnay grapes came from Burgundy. Mostly citrusy with a touch of mango, it’s as happy with a bowl of crisps as it is with roast chicken.
Current red in the rack: Chiroubles Beaujolais Cru
Price: £10.00 - Buy From Co-op
If you’re looking for a juicy, raspberry fruit-filled not-too-tannic red, this is it. From one of the ten top quality Beaujolais Crus (named villages that produce some of the best wines in the region), this is at the lighter end of the Beaujolais scale. Soft, silky, you get the picture. Made from the Gamay grape grown on granite vineyards with a bit of height, giving the wine extra loveliness. Bonus points for the gorgeous label.