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Wintery drinks

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15 Jun 2011

Hello Wintery-drinkers!

I am using the starting-from-the-inside approach to keeping warm this winter. Our wonderful bloggers are churning out casseroles – full of warm, hearty, rich and robust flavours to beat the winter chills. So here are some ideas of wintery wines to go with them all.

Port – only for the over fifties!

There is definitely a perception that port is an old man’s drink – if that’s the case, then pass me the pipe and slippers, because I love it! Try some underrated styles such as De Krans Tawny (a winner every time it enters any competition anywhere), or Boplaas’s Chocolate Port (smooth, rich and soft – the perfect post-supper sipper). I’m off to Calitzdorp tomorrow to enjoy the biannual Port Festival – all information here – so follow my tweets (@cathymarston) and look for top Port tips to come here soon.

Sherry – it’s dry and you should drink it!

Sweet sherry is an abomination. There – that’ll put the cat amongst the pigeons. But it’s true – all the best sherries in the world are dry, or at least have lots of lively acidity to stop them becoming too sweet and sickly. Try Monis Dry Fino or Mooiuitsig Pale Dry – stick it in the fridge and serve it in a big glass – the last circle of hell is reserved for whoever thought up those ridiculous thimbles for serving sherry in. A nutty Amontillado-style of sherry is delicious with a warming soup and if you can persuade him to part with some, Adi Badenhorst of Badenhorst Family Wines has a Vin Jaune (an un-fortified sherry-type wine, aged in a solera) which is a treat and a half.

Muscadels – red or white

Jerepigo is a South African classic – basically, this is grape juice fortified by grape brandy– and there are so many fantastic ones to choose from. I love Rietvallei’s nutty, rich red version and Worcester producer, Nuy, has won every trophy going, including the Best Value/Discovery of the Show at the recent Old Mutual awards, so is well worth further investigation.

Hope that gives you a few ideas. It’s Father's Day on Sunday (have you booked your lunch yet? Check out all our specials) so feel free to try any of these lovely wines on your Dad and see how they go down. Or, of course, you could always just go for the simple, wonderful and obvious Groote Post Old Man’s Blend – never yet met an old man who didn’t love it!

Happy drinking and keep warm.



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