My Weekend Tipple: Amorous Argentinian Malbec

Sunday nights – you either love them or hate them. I love them. Yes, the anticpation of going back to work on Monday can seem terribly depressing, but equally you could see it as the celebration of a fantastic weekend. With the nights starting to draw in and the question on everyone’s lips ‘is it too early to put the heating on?’, Sundays are the cosy, relaxing end of the weekend.  At 5 minutes to 4 yesterday we raced to Tesco and splashed out on deliciously decadent (for us!) Sirloin steak. As we rushed through to the till, we swung by the wine isle and grabbed a bottle of Artesano De Argento Malbec for £6.99.

Back at home, relaxed, and catching up on repeat episodes of Come Dine With Me, we cracked open the vino…

Deep violet purple colour with an exciting nose showing notes of plums,then black cherries and hints of rich, dark chocolate. Flavours on the palate of blackberry and blackcurrant with a sweet spice and a balanced acidity. Medium bodied with rounded tannins,  and terribly easy to drink, it has a long smooth finish and I can vouch is absolutely spot on with steak!

 

My Weekend Tipple: Easy Sangiovese

I had a bout of healthy lifestyle inspiration on Friday, after watching The Hairy Bikers, Hairy Dieters , and rustled up their Skinny Beef Lasagne, which – deep breath – doesn’t actually contain pasta. Cunningly disguised as ‘pasta sheets’, blanched leeks form the layers between rich, tomatoey, delicious beef ragu. With a sprinkling of Parmesan reggiano on the top, there was no mistaking this looked like any normal lasagne. Of course, being the wine lover I am, I could not enjoy this experience without a snappy little Italian red. As I nipped into Tesco to gather ingredients, I stumbled on this little beauty Dino Sangiovese di Romagna DOC with a welcoming half price ticket. Now at it’s normal price of £9.99 I’m not sure I would have given it a second look, however at only £4.99 it was fantastic for the price. Light in the glass and at only 12% abv, it shines with red and dark fruits and a hint of spiciness. Made from the same grape as Chianti, this provides a lighter and cheaper alternative If you want an easy Italian red, then for me, this is perfect and a steal while it’s half price :-)