Martinborough morning walks are rainy (long awaited) and quiet on the silent streets

 

They say you should be careful what you wish for and it’s another of those truisms that I’ve got to admit has a disturbing ring to it. Much as I long to get stuck into learning how to make perfect pizza bases from scratch, more gardening and decluttering my life, I’m working because I hoped I’d be able to, so life does go on, even in lockdown. I’ve heard many writers around the world talk about how lockdown describes so much of their daily lives prior to the surreal situation we’re all facing right now. I can relate. Lockdown is a perfect description for what it’s like writing. So, due to writing a high volume yesterday, I mistakenly didn’t press publish on the latest wine to drink in lockdown. Here it is now.

Privat Rosé Brut Nature Cava $30.99

Cava is one of the greatest value for money traditional method bubblies in the world,  made the same way as Champagne but typically aged for about half the time in bottle (9 months), so it retains yeasty flavours but they tend to taste lighter. This is an exception to that tendency – it’s bone dry, medium bodied and richly flavoursome, thanks to being made with two of the three Champagne grapes, Pinot Noir (which provides the pink colour) and Chardonnay. It’s available at specialist retailers and online at Regional Wines, which is delivering nationwide (and to which I work at part time as a wine adviser).