As a parent of young children wine is an essential not just a luxury (well that's what I'm saying and I know A LOT of parents who agree).
The end of the day is reached and after the witching hour (or two) of tea, bath and bed, the little blighters (sorry darlings) are finally in bed asleep and all you want to do is sink into the sofa with a glass of wine and the remote control as your energy has been sapped from you like a thirsty 4 x 4. You need refuelling and that means wine.
Now to afford to keep up this habit the wine generally has to be of the cheaper variety and this is where the inspirational SAHDandproud's linky comes in. Find a wine for under £8/bottle (not normally a problem for me as mine is usually less than £5/bottle!) and review it.
So here goes my first ever Whine Review!
Calvet Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Cost: £7.99 - but currently on offer at Tesco's Wine Direct for £5.69/bottle (if you buy 6 bottles)
I used to be a red wine drinker mostly but I am turning into a middle aged parody as I am finding that I prefer white wines more these days. I do still like a nice glass of red but I can drink so much more if it's white. I am not massively fussy but I cannot bear Oaked Chardonnay or that horrible sweet stuff (and not that keen on rose either!)
I stumbled on this wine when it was a mere £3.99 on offer in Tescos and rather liked it so ended up buying a case. It hails from the lovely Loire Valley (where we happen to have spent a couple of holidays) and is an Appellation D'Origine Protegee, which in my limited understanding makes it even better than an Appellation Controlee (but I could be wrong there.)
I was attracted by the smart looking label complete with silver stamp (and no pictures - OH does not trust wine with pictures.) I rather like Sauvignon Blancs but bought it without much expectation. I was pleasantly surprised - it is dry - but not so dry it turns your mouth inside out, quite soft and fresh. I really couldn't tell you whether it has notes of lemons or peaches or rubber tyres but supposedly it has 'notes of boxwood and exotic fruits'. It is however very pleasantly quaffable and it looks more expensive than it is.
If you need some more Whine inspiration head on over to SAHDandproud.
I received no payment or goods of any kind for this review and it is wholly my opinion.