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1. Going barefoot, wearing nothing but a swimming costume and kaftan until the sun dipped.
2. Having to sing 'Happy Birthday' to the lady in the village shop in an effort to check it was indeed caster sugar, rather than salt, that I was buying for The Husband's birthday cake (my Italian is not very bene).
3. Discovering that the local Agriturismo's homemade chocolate liqueur was delicious and had magic sleeping powers.
4. Finishing my book club book as well as reading every single old Tatler magazine found in the villa.
Tans fade, but memories last forever. As long as you haven't overdone the chocolate liqueur, obviously.
Current white in the fridge: Godello Monterrei 2013, £9.99, M&S
Having drunk quite a lot of Pecorino, the delicious Italian white, last week, I was quite happy to find this in the fridge door when we got home. A change is as good as a rest, as they say. The grape is Godello, and this is from the northwest corner of Spain. Made by a great producer, it's ripe, appley and just perfect for staying sunny, even if it's pissing down outside. Made better with breadsticks and that lovely wasabi pea dip you get in Waitrose.
Current red in the rack: Tesco Finest Saint Chinian 2013, £8.99, Tesco
There's so much good stuff to be found in the Languedoc Roussillon region in southern France, and this mini-region of Saint Chinian is a particular hotspot. The wine is a blend of Syrah and Grenache, so think of it as a baby-Rhone. Juicy, bright and brambly. It was on my summer wine-bucket list, so practically homework, really. That's me, always working. Make sure you have this with pasta pomodoro and life will seem very bene.
Peace out, winos x