Friday Night is the one night that I tend to put in a little bit of effort for our meal. My husband gets home at the kids bedtime and instead of me eating with the kids or us grabbing a quick meal after they are in bed I usually have something that I have been experimenting with in the kitchen ready to heat up and share together catching up on the week and reconnecting before our family weekends. At this time, it's lovely to share a bottle of wine and we are loving exploring wines from around the world. SPAR one of our local corner shops literally around the corner has a fantastic selection of wines from around the world and none of them are budget busting and all add that little bit extra to our Friday Date Nights.
We've been trying 3 out this autumn, a white, red and rose to compliment some of the dishes that I've been cooking up and here's our verdicts with some ideas to eat with them from our own recipe archives or from my Favourite Family Meals Board on Pinterest.
Red Wine - From Italy
My favourite wine is a red, I love a rich full dry red wine and I know I'm not meant to drink it with certain meats and fish where a white would be much better suited I still do. We tasted a Red Wine from Italy the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and it was delicious. A rich smooth wine that we enjoyed with a pizza and a pasta dish. The wine is priced at £5.50 from the local SPAR
White Wine - From France
Although I just said my favourite is red wine - there are certain days when I do love a cool crisp dry white wine. Sitting outside on a summers evening or even on a autumn evening with our fire going out on the deck a chilled white is delicious and a lovely end to the day. I made these delicious Fish Taco's from Inspiration Laboraties and we enjoyed Les Deux Roches - Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie a crisp white normally priced at £7 but on promotion from 22nd October through to 11th November at £6
Rose Wine - From France
So the one wine myself and my husband avoid is rose. I've always found it too fragrant and him too sweet, so trying out a rose wine I was actually dreading it. When we uncorked the Rosé d’Anjou from France (we did have to hunt for our cork screw first!) and tried out first sips we both were really pleasantly surprised. It wasn't fragrant and sweet instead it was medium dry not as dry as the white or red but delicious we had had a full Sunday roast at lunch time so instead we decided to make up our Quinoa Salad not for a lunchbox but instead for dinner. The wine is priced at £8 and has transformed our attitude of rose and in the future we won't be so quick to dismiss them.
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