Two weeks ago tomorrow I walked through my front door carrying a small car seat and, inside it, an even smaller new baby daughter.
Two things I have learnt by spending a lot of time at home, awake, without nose-glued-to-laptop:
- The dog that yaps out the back for hours on end is called Brian. Oddly the noise is less annoying now that, when the barking starts up, I think, “There goes Brian again,” rather than, “That BLOODY dog.”
- Wine tastes really good after nine months of abstinence. Because it’s not just the taste, is it? It’s the guilt-free aaand-relax-shoulders-down as you settle into the glass. I’m drinking nebbiolo as I type. It’s a bottle a friend brought round and I’ve been saving it for about a year. I’ve also been drinking pale rosé, en rama Tio Pepe, Delamotte champagne, and Quinta da Romaneira red, and also the wine below which I think is a real buy.
An easygoing bottle of red
Masseria Monaci Copertino 2010 Italy (13%, Majestic, £8.99 or £7.99 on the mix six deal) You can taste rustic spice and the warmth of the Puglian sun in this red, which is made from the negroamaro grape, grown in Italy’s heel. Unusually for a wine under a tenner, it’s already six years old. Thanks to this age it has a mellow, autumnal, roasted strawberry feel that might remind you of Rioja, except that, this being Italian, it has a lively kick of acidity tightening up the back end. I like that. It means that it feels refreshing if you drink it with mozzarella and tomato gnocchi, or spicy pepperoni and red onion pizza. After I poured it at home, my dad went out and bought several bottles. Always a good sign.
You didn’t think I was going to manage to write my first post since she was born without a picture of her, did you? Of course not. Here she is.