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A flamboyant wine from the sun-soaked vineyards of Chile, this is made by a lovely man called Adolfo Hurtado. In fact, he's known as Goldfinger because so many of his wines win gold medals. I don't know if this one has won a medal but whatever, it is a golden, delicious wine. Properly ripe peach and apricot fruit, spicy too. Big flavours, so it's much better with food, especially our roast chicken the other night. No leftovers, food or wine.
Current red in the rack: Tesco Finest Cotes Catalanes Carignan 2011, £5.99 on offer, Tesco
Another great value wine from the Languedoc region in the south of France, this is made from the Carignan grape. Often thought of as a bit of a workhorse grape because of its ability to produce big yields, it can actually turn out quite nicely when done well. Like here: bramble fruit, with spice and punch. Almost meaty, in fact. I loved it. And so did my spaghetti bolognese. See, I am still doing my own cooking. Keeping it real.
Peace out, winos x