Christmas and New Year are performed, the coffers are empty, the leftovers all eaten or consigned to the bin, and the doubtful pleasures of actual winter lie forward, moderately than the brilliant lights of the festive season.
Clearly, that is the match-and-correct time to embark on rigorous self-denial, diets, fasting, abstinence from alcohol, and many others. Or not. Definitely not in my home, as a result of in these dark and wintry days, we don’t actually wish to come residence to a salad and a glass of tap water.
Actually, one could be a bit more frugal, reasonable alcohol consumption, and take a while off if one has notably indulged. Frankly, although comforting and warming meals and strong, modestly priced pink wines are what we’d like proper now to get me by way of the following couple of months.
In our seek for wines that provide easy pleasures at modest costs, and hopefully remind us of sunshine to heat our wintry souls, it’s first to the south of France and a style of the Mediterranean with the La Jamais Contente Syrah Grenache 2018 (£9.59, virginwines.co.uk), a typical Pays d’Oc mix from the Languedoc, with wealthy, herbally tinged flavors, balancing ripe fruit and peppery spice.
Staying within the Languedoc, the wines of Abbotts & Delaunay are reliably good, and the Abbotts & Delaunay Mourvedre 2017 (£8.99, or £7.99 if bought as part of a mixed six-bottle purchase, majestic.co.uk) is dark, intense and easily drinkable, with a beautiful spicy end.
Each of those wines could be splendid with a cassoulet of beans and blended meats, or a vegetable tagine with chickpeas. The Mourvedre would even be good with any meatier casserole, however shifting up the dimensions with extra syrah and a few southern-hemisphere sunshine, the Black Pig McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017 (£11.99, virginwines.co.uk) has large, sturdy, easy flavors, without the more violently scented wildness that’s attribute of a lot Aussie shiraz, and is one for beef bourguignon, Lancashire scorching pot or sport pie.
A lot much less full-on syrah/shiraz is the Earth’s Essence Shiraz 2017 (£9.99, ocado.com). It’s uniquely matured with an extract of South African indigenous rooibos and honeybush woods, giving it warming, natural, brambly, sweet observe that most likely makes it extra like a French syrah than a New World shiraz.