Whispering Angel 2015- Chateâu D’esclans Provence.

  • I’ve gone abit quiet on the old blogging front.  Not quite sure why.  Maybe my day job has been too hectic and I’ve toned myself down a notch.  Who knows really.  This morning I thought, it’s been a good 18 days Suzanne since you shared something with your public.  It’s payday today, treat yourself old gal to a bottle of something special.  I dutifully listened and stopped off enroute to work.  I’m into Rosés massively at the moment, and headed straight to the aisle adorned with bottles of the pink stuff.  Having bleated on and on about the Jolie- Pitt vino recently, I thought something new in the same price bracket may be the order of the day.  I opted for a bottle of 2015 Whispering Angel (£16.99 Waitrose). Busy day had, fast forward  to 7pm ce soir.  I chucked the bottle in the freezer for 30 mins whilst I attended to laundry, children who should be revising, but in actual fact could major in FIFA 16 and Ex on the beach, stuck the tea on and turned my thoughts to my vino.  The weather is dismal so was more in the mood for a Cab Sauv to be honest but I stuck with the programme.   Oh my,  as Anastasia Steel would say, this wine is just sublime.  Strawberries, elderflower, Lychée, freshness, gorgeousness draped in more gorgeousness. This wine is just pure virginity and sheer class combined.  My goodness I fell in love in a split second.  Dear Chateâu D’esclans, I  am your ambassador- pick me, pick me…. I’m yours…

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The Long awaited Jolie-Pitt Rosé. Miraval 2014. Provence.

Not many words ce soir.  I’m in the South of France and not in the South of Newbury.  Don’t get me wrong I love my hometown, however tonight I’m transported to the glitz, glam, Je ne sais quoi of Cannes with this elegant (like its producers) gorgeous Rosé.  Santé X

Spanish chicken & NZ vino… Why not?!

It’s Bank holiday, it’s sunny so I feel obligated to indulge in some Rosé. I spied The Ned Rosé in Majestic wine when I bought some of my much loved Pinot Grigio,  (see earlier post) and felt that one should crack it open.  I really love the freshness of all of these wines from Marisco wine makers in the glorious Waihopai Valley in New Zealand.  This fine specimen was bottled last year, worth its £10.99 in my opinion and can be drunk with a nice light dish such as my Spanish Chicken with Mediterranean flavours or just by itself.  The colour is vibrantly gorgeous, creamy with depth and bursting with cherries and raspberries whilst still remaining quite dry.  I am such a wannabe ambassador for The Ned Vinos and if asked would of course make myself fully available for jaunts to New Zealand for research purposes naturally.

 To accompany this vibrant vino, my well worn recipe of Spanish chicken is perfect.  (Serves 4-5).

Take 10 chicken thighs and place in a large dish.  Add 2 roughly chopped onions, one garlic bulb sliced in half.  To this add juice of 2 lemons, then chuck in the lemon skin. Slice up 200gms chorizo,  cut in half 400 grams of New potatoes add both in with a good dollop of Olive oil, and season.  For colour towards the end of cooking add some on vine cherry tomatoes.  The best thing about this dish is that it’s so low maintenance.  Put in the oven for 45 minutes on 170 degrees centigrade.  Serve with a nice green salad and some good bread to mop up the delicious chorizo and lemon juices. Enjoy!