Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Current white in the fridge: Taittinger Reserve Brut NV, £36.99, Waitrose
The thing about Champagne is that each major Champagne House has a signature style, a usually-secret recipe for its main Brut NV (dry non-vintage) blend. It'll involve varying measures of particular grapes, different crus (that's grapes from different vineyards) and reserve wines from previous vintages, all used to create that signature style. Taittinger's is the dominance of Chardonnay in its blends (along with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the other two main Champagne grapes). And I love this lighter, citrus style, especially when sipped - without fuss and fanfare - over a bowl of salt & vinegar crisps.
Current red on the side: Hochar 2008, Chateau Musar, £11.99, Majestic
On Saturday night, we had a belated Burns Night supper (I'm married to a Hampshire Highlander) with neighbours. We managed to devour two haggis (haggi?) and a few drams of malt whisky between us. But the star wine was this one, the baby red from the famous Chateau Musar in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. It's a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan and has proper rustic charm. A bit like my Good Times Table. Worked a treat with the haggis too - an earthy, figgy beastie.
Peace out, winos x