So dad’s visit was a success. I think. We established within five minutes of his arrival that having failed to download the latest security update onto my laptop I am probably about to be hacked. He filled me in on his theories about organised car crime in Burley-in-Wharfedale. And I’m afraid, dad, if you’re reading this, when you asked me on the bus on the way to the Science Museum if I’d updated the address on my driving licence *I might not have been completely honest*. I’m sorry. I could see where that conversation was headed. Yes, I know it’s illegal to have the wrong address on it. But that particular update hasn’t so much as made it to the waiting list for my ridiculously long to-do list yet. And as I haven’t actually driven a car for at least three years I’m going to carry on not-worrying about it for the time being, if that’s OK.
A couple of wines.
finest* Bolgheri 2010 Italy (Tesco, £11.99 or if you buy 4+ bottles in store or a minimum of two cases online before 18 March then there’s an extra 20% off finest* wines, bringing it down to £9.59)
As so many Planet Victoria readers missed out on the M&S valpol when it sold out last week I thought I’d do another Italian red. But wait! This might be from Tuscany but it is not from my beloved sangiovese. It’s a so-called SuperTuscan made predominantly from three Bordeaux grapes, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. Having spent a year living in Florence, wafting round the Uffizi and wiping a lot of toddler noses, sometimes both at once, and falling in love with the history and culture I have always been a bit allergic to the SuperTuscan. Well, it’s just not very Brunelleschi is it? But – I’ve been coming round to them. And this is a fab red, beautifully balanced with just enough Italian personality to keep me happy. Try it with lamb, butterflied with rosemary and served with warm cannellini beans mixed with anchovies and creme fraiche.
De Bortoli DB Reserve Chardonnay 2011 South Eastern Australia (13%, Majestic, £6.66 down from £9.99 when you buy two as part of a minimum purchase of 6 bottles)
So this is a sneak preview of one of the wines I’ve recommended in tomorrow’s Telegraph. I was really, really impressed with this, particularly at that price (obviously, I’m talking about the offer price, the high price is just a fake price enabling Majestic to put a discount in place). It’s a perfect example of modern Australian chardonnay. Look at the alcohol – at a moderate 13% this is no suntan oil monster but a more restrained white with a refreshing twang. Aged in French and American oak which gives it a nutty, wholemeal toasty background, it makes a great Sunday chicken drink.