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#WineWednesday? Or Monday – Sunday Sips?

Time for a recycling trip

I do like a #WineWednesday, but truth be told, to limit a vinous treat to one day a week is somewhat ludicrous, how else are we going to get through the glorious (?!) English summer without a good Monday-Sunday guide of what you [I] could be [am] drinking this summer.

So as I sit here at my desk watching the torrential rain through the window [Steph wrote this last week but I’ve only just put it up, it’s about 32 degrees outside now], I feel completely inspired to share with you my favourite tipples to fit with the joys of wine Wednesday and beyond.* I’ll agree that some of them are a little dreamy rather than practical, but it’s all about self-love these days, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

*Please enjoy responsibly, these are merely daily recommendations, rather than a challenge…

Monday – Miserable or Motivational? Either way you’ve made it through day one so why not treat yourself with a little something to lift your spirits?! I’m loving the Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, its zippy citrus freshness with a touch of sweetness transports you to straight to Sicily and if you really want to embrace the Italian dream, ditch the soda mixer and top it up with a little Prosecco. I would.

Tuesday – Probably the most boring day of the week isn’t it? It means I look for an exciting wine to brighten the day, my fave ‘something a little different’ at the moment is the Fontanino Riesling, I like it because it bucks the trend; let’s face it the Italians aren’t famed for Riesling, but this little cracker from Piedmont is just perfect with a seafood pasta dinner, classic clean lemons and lime with that cheeky light kerosene edge. Bellisimo!

Wednesday – Wine Wednesday!! Woop Woop! Such a momentous hashtag-famous day should be accompanied by my all-time favourite style of wine – Sherry of course! On a very recent  #winewednesday I happened to pop by our Chichester shop, and there like a beacon of joy shinning from the enomatic tasting machine was the sublime FDC Antique Palo Cortado. Every penny of my £2.90 for a little glass of that was more than worth it – coupled up with a bag of Bonilla crisps, what a wonderful treat!

Thursday – Ooh, I like Thursdays, it’s a bit like a cuddle day – not quite that Friday feeling but a gentle reminder that the weekend is fast approaching. I enjoy a glass of Syrah on such occasions, a smack of black fruit alongside a subtle pepperiness is just the ticket for an evening in front of the telly. My pick of the Syrahs at the moment is The Seresin Estate Syrah, definitely a bottle to get your hand on.

Friday – Bubbles? It has to be doesn’t it? I like my bubbles big and creamy though, so go crazy, treat yourself – crack open a Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV. If it was good enough for Sir Winston on the daily, it’s certainly good enough for me on Friday!

Saturday – The one day where day drinking is perfectly acceptable, especially on a sunny afternoon with a BBQ and the family round. As we’ve been lucky enough to see a fair amount of the sun over the last few weekends, I have been slowly making my way through a bottle of Gonzalez Byass La Copa Vermouth. Load that glass with ice and a slice of fresh orange and max relax in the garden while you take in the complex combination of cloves, nutmeg and sweet touch to finish!

Sunday – Can we talk about roast dinners? Even in summer? Of course we can, at our table we are partial to a succulent leg of lamb, if it’s a sunny Sunday you can always swap out the veggies for a fancy salad [no you can’t Steph]. Whatever you decide, there is only ever going to be one wine I serve with my roast lamb and that is Luis Cañas Rioja Reserva Selección de la Familla. It was the first bottle I took home to my family all those years ago when I started here at Hennings. To this day, it is still one of my all-time favourite wines. Elegant and beautifully balanced with complex flavours of leather, ripe sweet fruit and herbs over a base of fine oak. Can you tell I like it? Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty in stock.

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We’re all going on a…

Vineyards

“Freedom!” cheer the children, while parents and grandparents everywhere lovingly look towards six weeks of wonderful sunshine filled days…

Of course I am delighted at the prospect of not having to drag my daughter out of bed for a good few weeks and squeeze in some quality time, but my head isn’t completely in the clouds. I know it may have some challenges along the way – so as my duty to parents everywhere, here are a few tipple tips to help the summer holidays fly by smoothly as smoothly as they can!

First up, obviously as customary these days, is gin! Our gin range now resembles something very similar to Pandora’s box (with only positive results once opened though) and it seems to be expanding every week.  If I had to choose just one, I’d give Jarrolds a try. Handmade in Chichester, their tagline tells you all you need to know: “refreshingly simple, beautifully balanced”. Local, thirst-quenching and delicious so all boxes ticked! If you like something a little different to your gin I’m still a diehard fan of all the Warner Edwards range; they’re all well worth filling up your glass with ice and getting  out into the garden with.

Regarding wine, there is clearly a wonderfully huge range to choose from, pop into any of our shops or go on our website and you’ll too feel like a kid in a sweet shop. Better still if you pop in at the weekend all of our shops have wine open for you to taste throughout the summer.

My summer wines of choice this year, all seem to be hailing from Portugal, my fab colleague in Chichester, Hannah P has written a great article in our Grapevine outlining some of the super tasting and great value Portuguese numbers we have on offer at the moment including the brilliant Vila Nova Vinho Verde – it’s summer in a bottle! Of course if bubbles are more your thing then you can head over to my little entry in there, where an awesome selection of sparklers awaits you. The Domaine du Landreau Crémant de Loire Morin puts many a Grande Marque Champagne to shame – it’s brilliant stuff and under £15 for summer.

The biggest secret here is, as my very own wine Wednesday evening is in sight, it’s not any of the afore mentioned that is actually waiting for me in my fridge this evening. Tonight’s treat to kick off the summer holidays is a bottle* of Gonzalez Byass La Copa. Produced by one of Jerez’s Sherry masters, this Vermouth is made from a base of Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez Sherries; it is bursting with aromatic flavours of clove, orange peel, nutmeg, angelica and quinine, alongside a sumptuous little kick of sweetness. I’m certainly looking forward to heading out into the sunshine to enjoy a very large glass of this on the rocks with a slice of orange thrown in for good measure – is it my hometime yet?!  Cheers to the summer!

 

*disclaimer, I might not actually have the whole bottle, a nod to responsibility and all that…

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