Hoo boy, another mixed pack sitting nicely at the just-over-£100 range and don’t @ me for never having ones that cost £100, for that let’s blame your glorious leader (very “not my president” of me and for that I apologise) and his mates on the Brexit bus. I digress.
This one’s feeling a bit sticky coming out (grim) but can you blame me? I’ve been writing copy for this website since what seems like the dawn of time, I’m two beers in and frankly have been working on my mental health so maybe I just no longer feel inspired to scream into the great void of the internet (this is only relevant if you’ve read copy from our previous mixed packs. If I can get just one east Londoner to say they preferred my earlier stuff I can die happy). Honestly it’s so predictable: mentally ill bisexual starts to prioritise her health, becomes lame. Next I’ll start actually using my Hinge account to meet a partner rather than just trolling people at 3 in the morning: maybe take a picture with a dog or something. Get really into tennis. Start actually using my savings account. I digress.
Wine - talking about wine. Right, I’m still doing this. Let’s get into it.
Tinc Set! Sparkling wine from the place that makes Cava, except this is not cava except it sort of is. Regardless, it’s crispy and fresh and it does what you want it to, I promise. Fond Cypres Cypres de Toi is chardonnay
- it tastes nice. It’s softly fruited, with a little bit of weight and texture, and would be particularly nice with cassoulet. Yes, it’s only September and I’m discussing cassoulet, sue me. Lele wines!!! Pinot gris
made by our fearless leader out in New Zealand. It has truly been the smash hit of the summer and I reckon just keep that dream alive for as long as you can - it’s tropical and juicy but has a bit of pith and structure. It’s honestly more grown up than we might give it credit for, and at the price point, over-delivers. Domaine Saint Cyr
Beaujolais is one of those last bastions of incredibly good value, promisingly well-farmed, good wines. It’s tasty, fruit-forward, young Beaujolais
and sometimes we need nothing more at all. Partida Creus’s VN gets us into the world of something a bit more serious, with fleshy red fruit that rounds out minerality, herbaceousness, and that sort of charming primitiveness emblematic of the winery at large. Last up: Nicolas Reau Enlevement Demande, because I am nothing but convinced that there’s no better time for cab franc than pre-autumn (or is it late summer?) because for me, cab franc tastes like the first day you have a walk and there’s a little chill in the air and the leaves are crunchy under foot. That’s cab franc, and this one is no exception.
So there we have it, another mixed pack signaling a change in season and perhaps even a change in heart from yours truly. Wildly, I think I might actually mean it when I say, it’ll all be OK.