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Win a case of one of the world’s first 2023 rosés
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It was so good to see some of you on Zoom at this month’s tasting of Portuguese wine this week. It’s the third one I’ve held - the others being themed around pinot noir and Greek whites and has begun, as I’d hoped, to feel like sitting round with a group of friends in a wine bar.
Along with the Friday 5, my weekly round-up of wine tips, recipes and restaurant recommendations, it’s one of the perks of being a paid subscriber.
Next month’s online tasting, which will be at 6pm on Monday 17th July, will be themed around rosé, so do sign up, bring along a bottle and join us (which you can do for as little as £4.50 a month. Cheaper than a wine course 😉)
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Win a case of gorgeous Babylonstoren rosé
I’m guessing you’re all drinking rosé right now but I don’t imagine many of you have got your hands on a bottle made in 2023 yet. But this month’s competition - an opportunity to win a case of six from South African producer Babylonstoren - is your chance.
It’s made from mourvèdre, a grape variety with a distinctively floral aroma that’s widely used in Provence and elsewhere in southern France which made it the perfect choice for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show at which it was the official rosé
The 2023 vintage is made in the classic dry Provençal style with a delicately fruity flavour of strawberries and cream.
it is available to order directly via Babylonstoren’s sister estate, The Newt in Somerset, with free delivery from shop.thenewtinsomerset.com.
The closing date for the competition is 11.59pm GMT on June 30th 2023 and you must live in the UK and be over 18 to enter. For other Ts & Cs and to find out how to enter click here.
What to drink this summer
Asparagus season may be nearly over but there are plenty of other delicious things to enjoy over the coming months. After all it’s Wimbledon in two weeks which means only one thing ..
Then there is, of course, crab …
… and salad
Which wine pairs best with salad (all different types)
If you’re planning to grill this weekend check out
And here’s how to improve your Friday night fish and chips
What to make this summer
Some suggestions from the MF&W archives
Sabrina Ghayour’s yoghurt and spice-roasted salmon (above)
A really easy recipe I’ve made loads of times
George Perry Smith’s salmon in pastry with currants and ginger
Worth the effort. One of the most delicious salmon dishes out there
Crab macaroni cheese
Unlikely you’d have any leftover crab but this is a great thing to do with it
Warm lamb salad with a pea, mint and feta cheese dressing
A lovely summery idea for serving lamb
And two alcohol-free cocktails from my book How to Drink without Drinking
Strawberry ‘Pimm’s’ My non-alcoholic version of the classic summer drink and - dare I say it - even better!)
Gooseberry and Elderflower cordial
Take advantage of the last of the elderflower and the first of the goosegogs ..
Friday 5 as usual this week (including a great new hack for making a speedy chicken pie …)
Have a good week in the meantime
PS It’s English Wine Week so there are plenty of offers around on English fizz … Or even visit your local winery if you have one nearby