Hey ho!

As promised is Friday and on Friday you wouldn’t have to think again about what to eat and drink, you deserve a good rest and you deserve something easy. But easy doesn’t mean low quality or expensive meal. you can have both: quality and “in your budget” meal!
Believe me I am like you with money, sometimes up, sometimes down, but I have never let the money conduct my love for inviting my friends or family on the Week-end.
First tips you need to consider the season, stop eating strawberries or tomatoes, it is time for leak and pear, and a lot of other fantastic vegetable such as pumpkins and onion squash.

For under £10 drink a Rioja, Crianza from spain:

Right your pay-day was only few days ago but you are saving some money for Xmas, or your next holidays and so I agree you wouldn’t spend more than £10 for the wine, and there is plenty of choice for this price, but Rioja Crianza it’s a good value for a “warm you up” wine. It is less expensive than Rioja reserva because it hasn’t been aged in oak barrel, so you won’t have the vanilla flavours on it but still the dark berries one.
It’s an easy wine to drink on its own or with just a charcuterie board with Serrano Ham, Chorizo.
Ask to your cavist, or go to Waitrose you can also buy one from BeMyWine.co.uk.

For under £15 choose a Vouvray sparkling, Loire Valley, France or a Côte de Blaye, Bordeaux, France:

It is not because I am french but vouvray it’s a very good alternative to Champagne and it’s perfect with a cheese board. Easy and sparkling, sounds like having a party here right?
The cheese board can be Comté cheese, Parmigiano, Chaource and Brillat Savarin.
The Vouvray I recommend is

Vouvray Brut Vincent Careme, £15.

The côte de Blaye is

2007 Chateau Montfollet Valentin Blaye £13.75

you can fint it at Lea and Sandeman, London.

For under £30 treat yourself and spoil your guests with a Ozzie Shiraz from the Barossa Valley:

Because Shiraz it’s warm and spicy grape perfect for this season, it’s also not to high in tannin so easy to pair with a beef or a lamb stew, my advice

Rockford – Mappa Springs Grenache Mataro Shiraz

. If you think oz wines are too strong and not refine this bottle will make you change your mind, it’s a perfectly well balance between fruitiness and spiciness. Should be good as well with a leek pie!
You prefer White, then go back to France Spain with a White Priorat perfect with a shell-fish board or with cheese, or your favourite recipe from Butternut squash.

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