I've written about wine accessories before but there's one other gift that I do rather love. A lady called Lidi emailed recently to ask if I had any corks she could have, to make pin boards. Given that we've run out of space on the fridge for letters about nativity plays/concerts/calls for mince pies from school, I'm putting one on my wish list. Lidi has kindly offered one as a prize here, worth £30! Usual thing - leave your name here and someone* will pick a winner out of a hat next week.
Having tasted my way through a gorgeous line up of Austrian whites made from the Gruner Veltliner grape at the International Wine Challenge last week, it reminded me go and buy this one again. Peachy, with a sprinkling of spice, I tell you. And the steep slopes on the banks of the Danube is the place to get really good Gruner. Well, Waitrose in this case, but you know what I mean. One for roast chicken.
Current red in the rack: Chianti Classico Riserva 2009, £8.99, Aldi
One of the wines in Aldi's Exquisite Collection range, it's lovely. Happily drinkable with bright cherry fruit flavours so typical of the Sangiovese-dominated wines of Chianti. The name Classico on the label tells us that it's from the better quality-rated subregion and the word Riserva tells us it's been aged for at least a few years before being released. Think mellow and medium-bodied. Drinking this whilst curled up on the sofa with a blanket over your knees greatly adds to the enjoyment. A plate of strong, hard cheese makes it exquisite.
*My Mother (and her decision is final). Other T&Cs:
1. Competition closes on 9th December 2013 at 11.59pm
2. The prize draw is open to any UK resident over the age of 18.
Please note I received a copy of Wine Atlas 7th Edition to review, but own two previous editions such is my love for this book.