Place we intended going for lunch yesterday was closed (in order for them to put up Xmas decorations!!!)
We’ll go to (a place that will remain nameless*) then, Mrs M suggested. “They do a nice pie there”. I’m a sucker for pies so we both ordered a steak pie with veg, and I ordered a glass of red house wine.
It was awful. I am used to house wines by the glass being of the cheapest, and often not as fresh as it should be, but this was beyond that awful, disjointed and very sweet - but not sweet like a dessert wine, more like someone had stirred in a couple of heaped spoonfuls of sugar.
I took another sip when the food came, in case having some food in me made a difference. It did not.
When we left Mrs M asked in some surprise, if I was going to finish my wine. I told her it was undrinkable and suggested she had a taste. She didn’t like it, and said it tasted like a British wine. (How she knows is beyond me, for I have never ever served a British wine).
I had a look at the labels on the wines when I went to the bar to pay - they were all Straw Hat.
Today I Googled and found the Straw Hat website. And blow me down, they are British wines! (cost for a bottle retail £4)
*Abigails, St Albans