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A great Good Friday

Aren’t Bank Holidays great? Good Friday may be the best of all – you don’t have to go to work today or tomorrow! I have to admit that quite often I do very little on a bank holiday and then spend the following days thinking “if only”. Today I decided it would not be the case this time around, so here’s my 3 step guide to a great day off.

Step 1

Get a haircut. The afro was getting a bit out of hand so £7 at Tony’s was my bargain start to the day off. Only three months to go until the next visit!


Step 2

Make the most of the Easter supermarket deals. I mentioned this in the newsletter this week, but to me the Waitrose 25% off fine wine promo is not to be sniffed at and not to be missed. After stopping for a nice bit of brekkie at Coco in Croxley Green, I headed to pick up some great deals:

Joseph Drouhin Chorey les Beaune £11.99 from £15.99
Felsner Moosburgerin Gruner Veltliner £8.59 from £11.49
Brazin Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel £9.74 from £12.99
The Hedonist Shiraz £9.74 from £12.99
Oddero Barolo £17.99 was £23.99
Vouvray Clos des Nouys £10.99 – wasn’t on promo but hey ho!


Step 3

Go to the Tapa Room for an early dinner. I love the casual and sharing nature of the Tapa Room on Marylebone High Street. I also love how every dish sounds like there might be 3 ingredients too many but when each dish arrives the balance is perfect. Me and The Fish enjoyed a fair few dishes including:

Onion & kohlrabi bhaji
Pear, onion and Stilton tart
Paprika spiced squid
Scallops with chilli sauce
Duck rillettes
Lamb spring rolls
Beef brisket “pizza”

It was all fabulous. And even better was a bottle of Surveyor Thomson Pinot Noir 2009… If anyone knows where I can buy a case please let me know!


I hope your Good Friday was a Great Friday too!

Shopping at Aldi… I like it

I’ve only been to Aldi on a couple of occasions and on both times it was to take photos of in store displays for work. My parents and in-laws are always extolling the virtues of the discount supermarket and Which voted Aldi the best supermarket in the UK for 2012. Mum served up an Aldi roast duck over Xmas which was absolutely delicious so The Fish and I decided it was time for a visit.

We picked up a duck and the much advertised 4-bird roast for the freezer as well as plenty of cleaning products and lots of other stuff we hadn’t realised we needed. Then at the end of the shop we came to the wine section. I have read good things about the Aldi wine range but never really considered buying as we never go there. So why not give it a go I thought. The most expensive bottle is £12.99 for Champagne, the most expensive still wine was £6.99. I selected 6 bottles, 3 white and 3 red for a grand total of £34.94… Less than I often pay for a bottle!

So far we have tasted 3 of the wines and I can assure you we will be going back. Obviously I bought the most expensive wine at £6.99, however I think it may be the best value red wine available in the UK. (I will update the tasting notes as more bottles are drunk)

White wines

Henri De Lorgere Macon Villages 2011, Burgundy (Aldi £4.99)
Very pale straw colour, lots of citrus and nectarine, even some tropical fruit aromas. Big hit of acidity and lime; very fresh, very simple, very young. For the price this is great stuff and would happily have a bottle in the fridge just waiting to be drunk after a bad day at work. 87 points

The Exquisite Collection Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Loire (Aldi £4.99)
Had those very pungent Sauvignon aromas of freshly cut grass, gooseberry and also some asparagus. On the palate there is lots of crisp and dry acidity and the fruits is nicely restrained and very fresh. Also lots of flinty minerality. This is very nice and doesn’t have the astringency of lots of the New Zealand Sauvignons on the market. Touraine is only about 100km west of Sancerre and this wine is very much like a Petit Sancerre. 85 points

The Exquisite Collection Limestone Coast Chardonnay 2012, South Australia (£5.99)
Very tropical aromas of melon, mango and even passion fruit. Not what I was expecting at all. You may even think thus is a Sauvignon it’s that tropical on the palate too. Not much body but very refreshing. Thus would be an excellent BBQ wine with some chicken. 86 points

Red wines

The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, South Australia (£6.99)
Umm, I’m not sure where to go with this. It’s fantastic! Massively concentrated black currant and menthol on the nose and a huge whack of deep dark fruit, like cassis liqueur, eucalyptus and tobacco on the palate. Wow. Could this be the best value red wine anywhere? 91 points

The Exquisite Selection Uco Valley Malbec 2011, Argentina (Aldi £5.99)
Really enjoyable aromas of black cherry, blueberries, violets and that expected rubber note, like a hit squash ball. Fruit carries onto the palate with a bit if spice and maybe a touch too much rubber, but excellent value nevertheless. 88 points

Baron Amarillo Rioja Reserva 2006, Spain (Aldi £5.99)
Bright ruby red in the glass and aromas of strawberries and red cherries and a hint of vanilla. Red fruit one palate and some eucalyptus – a bit Bordeaux maybe? Finish is a bit short and lacks depth and concentration. Can’t complain at this price though. 85 points

If that was on interest here’s a link to a more recent article, published in May 2014

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