Sorry everyone, it’s going to be cold and wet this weekend. Yes, from the Isle of Eigg in the Highlands (hello Kath!) to Suffolk’s Bury St Edmunds (greetings to John and Deidre, keep drinking the Extra Special Dao!) it’s not going to be a break-out-the-barbecue kind of day on Sunday or even Monday.
But in our house where exam revision tension is tangible the husband and I won’t be going crazy on the socialising front, so a glass or two of something tasty will make the rain thundering onto the conservatory roof and the suppressed panic on our daughter’s face frankly less of a concern.
So here are a few of my favourite bottles for Bank Holiday sipping – whether you are shivering in a tent in Devon or settling down with a box set at home, I hope you enjoy a very relaxing, happy few days.
Extra Special Douro – this is from Portugal and makes a cracking change from the legendary Dao (well, it’s a legend in my house). Amazingly rich and fruity with just enough oak to make it even more interesting and even better with food, this would be stunning with roasted, (barbecued!) and grilled meat.
Koru New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc – from Thai green curry to fresh asparagus, from pesto chicken to summery salads (wishful thinking here) this should be your go-to wine. A little bit softer than your average New Zealand Sauvie, this is peachy rather than gooseberry fruity and I think all the better for that. Spring in a glass.
Yes it Really Is Spring Rose
Tagus Creek Rose Tejo – You might be wishing you hadn’t packed away your winter woollies but it’s May, for goodness sake, so let’s enjoy some rose: dry, chilled and delish with grilled haloumi, salade nicoise or creamy pasta. The Falua winery wins again in the value for money stakes.