Monday, 8 January 2018

2018 has started well

2018 started with celebrating the New Year with friends, always a good way to bring in the new. It will be new for us this year as at the end of January Hubby is retiring from work - so many plans, so many holidays, so exciting!

We've already started the holiday booking (to be honest a few trips were already booked in 2017) with a long weekend in Guildford. No need to dash home Sunday anymore - why Guildford???

It's the Love Wine Fest at the end of March. We had a great time in Birmingham last year, you can read about it in my previous post here. We're delighted to book for Guildford and being as it's not a straightforward train trip a few nights away seemed the obvious choice.



Two wines have helped us get 2018 off to a good start; a red and a white. The red being Marques de Caceres Gran Reserva 2009 and the white Les Petites Baies 2016.


Marques de Caceres is a Sapnish wine from, Rioja. A blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano it enjoys 2 years in American oak and then some time in the bottle.


Not my preferred wine but Hubby enjoyed its deep crimson colour, black cherry nose and smooth vanilla infused smoky oak tannin flavour.


It's quite a pricey wine at nearly £20 a bottle but if you enjoy a Rioja you can settle into it comes highly recommended.



The white wine was a bottle we picked up on our holiday last year in France. We did think it was from one of the caveau we visited but maybe not. Looking online I did see a reference to Lidl France so maybe it was one of our supermarket buys.

In the glass this had a very shiny colour, lots of glistening highlights. It's tropical nose with the hint of white blossom lead the way to a mouth full of citrus and passion fruit. A lovely well balanced wine with a clean finish.

It is one to grab if we see it again on our travels, a super white wine.

This month brings Burn's Night on the 25th which will be the first of my 2018 themed dinners and of course Hubby's retirement will require the opening of something special so here's to a great January !

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