Some bubbles are called for this evening, as I found out that I passed my WSET 3 with distinction . Cremant d’Alsace it is, then! Nothing fancy – one we got from Aldi - but it’s ticking the proverbial boxes. Fresh, zingy and floral, with lively bubbles – it’s a blend of Auxerrois, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and a bit of Riesling too. Light and delicious!
Making some wild boar goulash for dinner, so decided to open this red, which we recently got in the showroom as a bin end (paid £6.95):
Never tried it before – but we like a dry Touriga Nacional, and this is a real quaffer. Blended with Shiraz, the nose is all plum, violets, sandalwood and menthol; on the palate there’s ripe fruit (plums, blackcurrants), smooth texture, woody but smooth tannin and a menthol-fresh finish. Despite a bit of an alcoholic burn (14.5% mid-week, probably not my brightest idea!) – the fresh minty/peppery finish saves it from being over the top. I think it should complement dinner nicely too!
Happy Tuesday, all, whatever the weather!