Happy New Year and all that jazz

13 Jan

Hello, and a Happy New Year to you too! Thought I’d start with a photo of the blackberry and mint pavlova I made for New Year’s Eve, why not:


January’s rubbish isn’t it? I’m currently still in mourning for the loss of our Christmas tree (definitely need some form of standing lamp or tropical plant to fill the void in the corner of the room) and to make matters worse, I’ve also decided to give up drinking for January.


Given I work in the wine industry and have a blog entitled ‘LittleMissVino’, you’d think I’d know that enjoying a glass of wine or relaxing with a gin and tonic every now and again would make for a happier life. But no, I’ve gone ahead anyway and as predicted, it turns out that giving up drinking leads to a rather dull life. I’m already bored and it’s only the 13th. Having said that, saving pennies and waking up fresh as a daisy (almost) every morning is rather nice, as is filling weekends with delicious meals out, walks and run (hmmm well not so much the running).

Anyway, I just thought I’d share with you a delicious wine I enjoyed on Christmas Day. With so many flavours to deal with on the average Christmas dinner lunch plate, it can be a little tricky finding a wine to match. However, I happen to be a bit of a gravy fiend, drowning everything in more than its fair share, leaving little islands of carrots and pigs in blankets floating on the plate. Therefore, given the predominant flavours are of decadent gravy, turkey and bacon, I opted for Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Vinedos Barrihuelo Rioja Blanco, normally £8.99 but an absolute bargain at around £5.99 over Christmas.


White Rioja is one of those wines that will always be the bridesmaid, never the bride, given its red counterpart is much more widely recognised, which is a shame because judging by this example, it can be a very good wine.

With lots of tropical fruit notes, along with a splash of peach and citrus and a touch of creamy oakiness, this was the perfect wine to complement all the richness of the Christmas dinner plate, and just as enjoyable on its own.


So if you’ve not tried white Rioja before I’d give it a go, it matches perfectly with creamy chicken, pasta or risotto dishes – perfect for the January detox, no?


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