wine wednesday
A wine recommendation under £10 every Wednesday – except the last of the month which is a payday splurge. This week it's about comfort.

A wine recommendation under £10 every Wednesday – except the last of the month which is a payday splurge.

If you take a look at last week’s wine wednesday, you’ll see that despite it being sunny and mild(ish), I knew better than to pack away my winter clothes. Well, it seems today I have been more than justified in that decision.

As I type this I’m wearing two jumpers, and outside of my window the London sky is a weird colour; one that makes it look as if a sepia filter has been placed over the top of everything.

It only feels right then today’s wine should be something comforting and warming.

Elegant Frog Malbec 2020, Sainsbury’s – Currently on offer at £7 down from £8 Shop

The Languedoc, in south-west France, is a fantastic region to seek out when wanting to find good value, good quality wines – and this is no exception.

The flavours are so ripe, due to all the sunshine and warmth the grapes get, that the wine tastes almost sweet on the palate with lashings of red and black berries and even notes of cherry juice.

It does however distinguish itself from perhaps the more famous Argentinian Malbecs by having that quintessential Languedoc characteristic of a savoury edge – think rosemary, bay leaves and thyme.

While that might sound unusual, just consider how delicious a herb-encrusted leg of lamb served up with a slightly sweet, red wine gravy tastes – delicious right? and that’s because sweet and savoury work as contrasting partners.

This wine is smooth enough to drink by itself, but if you do want to be slightly fancy and pair it with dinner – then the similar flavour profiles of the wine and lamb make it a match made in Sunday lunch heaven.

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