When I was a child, every Friday night my parents would take me to the local Chinese takeaway. Fung Wong it was called.
We would drive down, order and wait for it to be prepared. I’m not quite sure why we didn’t order ahead and collect it because I’m pretty sure both we and the Wong’s had a phone, but nevertheless it was the highlight of my week.
I always remember my mum ordered chicken curry and chips, every time. Not the most traditional of Chinese cuisine I grant you, but she liked it and it made her happy.
I, on the otherhand, have always been one for adventure and trying new things. When I moved down to London, 17 years ago, my mum came to visit and I took her to Wagamama. It was the first time she’d ever tried Japanese style food and you know what – she liked it. It always made me wonder how many delicious things she’d missed out on.
These days I think the same thing about wine. There are 10,000 known wine grape varieties in the world with 1,368 grown in commercial quantities. Just think of all those untasted wines to discover!
With that said then, I implore that you seek out adventure in the wine aisles this week. Set aside that Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio and try this instead – Peter Mertes Era Gruner Veltliner £8 Tesco Shop. It tastes of green apple, pear, lemon and lime and is deliciously fresh and zesty.