Monthly Archives: January 2013

Flash Recommendation: Riva Leone Barbera

What: Riva Leone, Barbera, Piedmont, Italy
Where Out: The Bull Hotel, East Street, Bridport, Dorset £5.20 175ml glass/  £19.50 a bottle
Where In: Spirited Wines, Marlow, £7.83 a bottle
Who: 1 ‘On-the-wagon-for-January’ Husband, 1 ice cream eating child

Wine for me + ice cream for the girl = family harmony

Wine for me + ice cream for the girl = family harmony

When: Post lunch coffee/ cake/ wine stop sheltering from the rain.
Food match: I drank it with a Victoria Sponge (just a slice, not a whole one) but would think it would be better matched to either the Venison or the Burger from The Bull’s menu (next time perhaps!!).
Conclusion: Spicy, eucalyptus, medium bodied with some deep redcurrant and raspberry fruit. Very easy drinking even on its own.
Bonus point: The Bull Hotel; Stylish, chilled, welcoming. Log fires in winter, sunny courtyard in the summer, great wine list…and they seem to like kids!!
Links: Riva Leone

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Detoxing on Baked Beans and Grenache

mince pies

Mince pie overload…

To make up for our excesses over the festive period, my other half has declared January as ‘The month of Austerity’. This means that we have been plunged into a boring few weeks of eating baked beans on toast or leftovers out of the freezer. Most boring of all though, he’s not drinking alcohol. On the upside, it turns out that he doesn’t mean for the whole month, just until Burns Night apparently, but this leaves one wine blogger a little lonesome on the wine drinking front for the next 22 days.

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