Well, sort of. It isn’t so much a kitchen as a would-be kitchen. And I hope it will be an actual kitchen before very long because I’ve already eaten about as many fish & chips and home delivery pizzas as I can take for the rest of the month. Also, although The River Cafe is just around the corner my entire salary is on direct divert to the builders so my bank balance currently only stretches to sitting on the cheeky public bench at the edge of its garden with a plastic packet of sandwiches, smiling and waving at the real diners at the proper tables. Anyway, the first bottle of wine to be poured into glasses to christen my new flat wasn’t a vintage champagne or even a champagne. It was this:
I don’t think it was just because I was hot and dusty and surrounded by Total Chaos that it tasted good because I returned to it the next night and it still tasted lively and bright with grassy citrus. It is also cheap: just £4.99 from Aldi.
Afterwards I went round to a friend’s and we tried a few more wines from Aldi. They have some seriously good (for the price) stuff. Two more were also total bargains. The winner, a light-coloured rose from Provence, was the best sub-£8 pink wine I have tasted yet this year. Harriet said it reminded her of summer holidays. Makes it feel as if the sun is shining even when it’s not. The other was a sprightly, preserved-lemon-like gavi from northern Italy. If I had an Aldi round the corner – or a car – I’d be in there like a shot to pick some up, especially that fantastic happy-making rose. Here are the details:
Exquisite Collection Cote de Provence Rose 2012 France (13%, Aldi, £5.99 – on shelf only, May-July)