Weekend Drinking Thread 1st May - 3rd May, 2020

Not a clue, but it will not be the singular bottle of San Miguel or can of Stella that has been my fare, this last week! :cry: :wink: :grinning:


Hi @Taffy-on-Tour, you got in your post just ahead of me. :grinning:

But I do know what we’ll be having, after emptying a shelf on my EuroCave to find one that didn’t want to be found.

Today is International Sauvignon Blanc Day so a savvie tonight (well would have had it anyway) and a sparkling savvie on Sunday.

Friday 1 May
with plaice, boiled pots, peas and mixed salad
2019 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Private Bin (New Zealand, Marlborough
bought from Majestic.

For the weekend all the wines come from South Africa.

Saturday 2 May
with Waitrose southern fried chicken goujons, boiled potatoes and home made spicy baked beans
2011 Spier Pinotage 21 Gables Private Collection (South Africa, Stellenbosch)
bought from winery

Sunday 3 May
N.V. Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc (South Africa, Western Cape)
Traditional method, bought from M&S

with roast lamb, roast parsnip and potatoes, steamed cauliflower, carrots, & broccoli, mint sauce and gravy
2001 Vergelegen Vergelegen (South Africa, Stellenbosch)
Bordeaux blend, bought from Tesco many years ago



Well, I didn’t know that, but now I do I feel a cloud of indecision has lifted from my shoulders and my mind is made up! Thank you Peter.


@peterm Thank you for making my (forever indecisive with wine) mind up for this evening!

With our Haddock and Petit Pois a la Francaise this evening we shall be drinking a bottle of Ch. Guiraud ‘G’ Bordeaux Blanc Sec :smiley:

(Admittedly cheating as it has a little Semillon too).


As it’s international sauvignon blanc day, as any fule kno, I have just brought up a bottle of Greywacke SB and am defrosting some king prawns before turning them into some culinary delight. Not much new to say about the Greywacke and I expect it will be as delicious as usual. Maybe even more delicious as I haven’t had any for a few months!


Curiously the wine I’m drinking this evening tells you the altitude it was grown at, the aging and fermentation processes, the age of the vines, the type of soil… but no mention of which grapes are in it!
It’s Daniel Jimenez-Landi’s ‘El Corralon’, a blend of garnacha, syrah and a tiny bit of cabernet… delicious, and I’m sure will get even better with more time open - but not quite as special as Bajondillo, which it has replaced as Jimenez-Landi’s cheapest wine


Well, I should have been at Desertfest enjoying the dulcet tones of Corrosion of Conformity, Brandt Bjork, Orange Goblin and a Guzillion Angry Mexicans!
Clearly that’s not happening so I’ve been making music all afternoon and am now using Spotify to give me a flavour of what I should have been seeing live.

Drinks. A pseudo Dark & Stormy to start (it has to be Goslings Black Seal for a proper one, and I’m all out). The little bit of last night’s Muga is in the glass ( ok, made to appeal to most but not really excite?)
Berry Bros Aussie Shiraz. Lovely.
Food. Rib eye, mushrooms, veg of some description.


@peterm wow you are so organised and a fabulous dinner and vino plan for the weekend.

Can’t go that far ahead on Friday except this evening as an aperitif and dinner which is rack of lamb.

Big expectations for the John Riddoch which was one of the first Aussie wines I tasted before it all went through the roof


Any suggestions for a wine with tomorrow’s moussaka (we have no Greek wine)?

I think I would go with a Southern Rhône / Costieres de Nimes/ Fitou with all that warm Med flavour or possibly south Italy but I am not well versed there.


Thanks. Yes we can manage those suggestions!

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I wish I’d read this before getting stuck into a bottle of Domaine Jones Grenache (with veggie chilli, tortillas, cheese, guacamole and sour cream, of course).

I thought your food and wine combination for tomorrow sounded fun.


Some wines are exactly what you want and expect. This 2018 Valpolicella is one if those.

Sour cherry and a hint of bitterness on the finish which is fresh and retains that sour cherry character. Absolutely perfect with supermarket pizza!



Thanks @peterm for the inspiration. We also had the 2019 Villa Maria SB with pan fried sea bass in pesto butter, green beans and baked potato. Yummy.

Not sure about the rest of the weekend!


We had a Zoom get-together with our wine group to drink sherry, and eat tapas.

A fun evening, and the Hidalgo Pastrana Manzanilla is just great with or without food. A real lightness of touch and yet complexity of flavour - hard to enumerate all the tastes, but salted almonds definitely feature somewhere! Proper bang for your buck.


Had chosen a Bordeaux blanc which seems a good choice given international sauvignon blanc day (probably my least favourite grape alongside Grenache).

Clos Floridene 2014.

The Semillon is in the background currently, in a good place and will improve. Refreshing. Good value


Well, that’s not something I was expecting to come across on here…

Classic album from the vaults, accompanied by a very workaday CD-R. Both to go with a punchy chilli con carne that has mellowed nicely from blowtorch to scalding strength since earlier this week.


With teriyaki salmon. On first opening it was a little one dimensional and very sweet. With air there is a nice oily/savoury note and a bit more balance and it the depth of flavour is impressive. Wouldn’t be something I would buy regularly but enjoyable and worth trying.


Have been enjoying a myriad of drinks, this evening.

I started with a Domino’s Pizza Party, which the youngling loved, accompanied by an old Speckled Hen.

Then, we’ve been meeting up with a friend on ‘Face Wine’, with Morrison’s Côtes-du-Rhône Villages 2018.

Happy Friday, everyone!