Now the sun is out and the weather is gorgeously warm we decided it's time for mussels and a bottle of Sancerre - perfect evening meal out on our deck.
The mussels were pre-prepared in white wine sauce, boil in the bag style from Tesco .... and were delicious, so meaty.
The Sancerre was a birthday gift from some very good friends - my birthday is in September and this wine suits warmer weather so I've been saving it and last night was the perfect time.
It's a lovely clear wine with a hue of green, light bouquet of apple and citrus, fresh appley palate with a lemon and a hint of vanilla - available at Majestic
I've been very lucky as I was selected to be on Aldi's 8th tasting panel - their wine is very very good. Each panel is six wines to taste and they are delivered over a few weeks in pairs - I'm collecting our last two tomorrow. These are the four we've tried so far:
|Exquisite Albarino with delicate nose and|
|Cotes de Provence rose full of summer fruits|
|Gaguedi Swartland Sauvignon Blanc dry,|
crisp, with pineapple highlights
|Blanquette de Limoux full of bubbles,|
apples and a hint of pear
|Our first selection including a few freebies|
|Lovely french sauvignon|
|Light bottle of bubbly|
Last year I saved any 2015 coin we had in our change and by the year end we had enough to buy a good bottle of wine each - we bought them from Cambridge Wine Shop in Salisbury and both were from Famille Perrin who are part of the Chateau Beaucastel winemakers. I'm hoping we can try some more Famille Perrin when we're in France.
|Lovely red full of redcurrants and blackberries|
I have not tasted a variety of beer from different producers before - on brewery tours you only taste that brand but a variety of styles - this course was six very different beers from six different producers. As with wine some beers taste better with food and Abraham had nibbles of cheese, crisps and sausage rolls for us to try with certain beers - it does make a difference and in some cases (as with wine) can spoil a drink.
Hubby and our son both liked Brewdog Punk IPA whereas our daughter and I both liked the Hawthorne Pilsner.
Thank you Majestic for a great night of beer discovery.
I think I'll be writing our french holiday discoveries up over a couple of blogs especially the wine details. Have a great June - always a good time of year for a glass of something nice in the garden.