The opaque tights have not yet come out (staving it off, staving it off) but I did fire the central heating up for a couple of hours the other night (love that smell of hot paint) and am officially back in red-wine-as-default mode.
This weekend’s buy is a red that suits crunchy autumn leaves: Tesco Finest* Cotes Catalanes Carignan 2011 France. The supermarket is having yet another of its 25% off when you buy 6+ bottles extravaganzas which means you can pick it up for £5.24 rather than the usual £6.99 a bottle if you go in for the half dozen (which may be mixed) and get in there before the offer closes on Tuesday. Carignan often reminds me of deep purple figs, sometimes dried, sometimes fresh and juicy. This wine’s definitely on the fresh and juicy side, and quite brambly too. Oh, and the grapes are picked from old, gnarled vines, some of them a century old which is a good thing as it gives the grapes, and the wine, more intensity of flavour.