It's Sunday night and its been a long day. I visited the Denbie Vineyard in Surrey, set in the luscious green countryside with vines rolling towards the horizon. The lunch was very well priced with prawn and poached salmon sandwiches for £3.75 coupled with a glass of the Hillside white wine made from imported German grapes. It was a really good match… similar in style to alborino. Sadly the vines looked a little under developed but then the Spring arrived late this year, so maybe there'll be a rapid catch up with a scorching July [sic]!

Macon Village Aldi

The rest of the day has been hard toil at the machine getting various tasks done but as soon as the fish pie started to spread the pleasant baked aromas about the kitchen I sprung from the seat and clasped the Macon Villages chilling in the fridge with both hands. Cashing in on another tip I downloaded Bobby Womack singing California Dreamin' and the ankle swivelling scene is nearly complete!

Made by Henri de Lorgere, this wine would be ideal with cured or baked fish, or white meats. It has citrus flavours that are easy to take, adding a little spark to to any evening… not just a sunday.

It's another good offering from Aldi's 'Exquisite range' that I'm tasting at the moment. Well done Aldi!

At £5.29 a bottle, there's not too much to complain about.

Post Script: I see it has a medal from the International wine Challenge so I'm not the only one appreciating this particular bottle!

Nick Breeze

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