Current white in the fridge: Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier 2013, £6.79 on offer, Waitrose
Had a half glass of this with my mother today, she wanted to know what I thought as she's in charge of buying the wine for the village Harvest Supper. And it's perfect, actually. In that it's a properly autumnal wine: it tastes of baked apples and spice and has got a little bit more alcohol in it, giving it warmth and weight. Lovely Viognier from one of Chile's most dependable producers. Just what's needed, I'd say.
Current red in the rack: Extra Special Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2012, £7.98, Asda
Made by the De Bortoli family (the ones who make Noble One, a beautiful sweet Semillon that's reached national treasure status in Australia), this is what happens when Pinot Noir feels at home in Australia. There's black cherry fruit and spice, not too heavy but lovely with it. The Yarra Valley is tucked down south, not far from Melbourne. Perfect when the neighbours pop in.
Peace out, winos x
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