Today is one of those crisp, cold London days that make you feel glad to be here. I took a work-break to go for a run down Ladbroke Grove and around the Round Pond in Kensington Park Gardens, which has started to freeze over, and now I’m back at the laptop eating the salted caramel chocolates I bought as a present for someone else. Because I like them. And I can.
In my in-box, a piece of handy wine news: an email pointing out that Vinalba Malbec 2011 from Argentina is on offer from today at £5.79 down from £6.79 at the Co-op. Now I know – I *know* – it doesn’t always seem to be easy to find wines at the Co-op (at least, that’s the shop that generates the highest number of “I went there and no one had heard of it” emails in response to recommendations) but decent wines for less than £6 do not come up very often and this is one of them.
It’s a simple wine: smooth and soft and juicy, no oak, and with a bit of the blueberry and brambles malbec personality and a very easy drinker for a cold night in January when, say, you might be on a budget. This is a wine I think of as being slightly ‘slippy.’ I like it, because it has enough depth for the price, but if you prefer a bit of scratch it may not be right for you.
No picture, I’m afraid. Not even of the Round Pond.