Well it can't have escaped your notice that it was Valentine's Day on Monday...... we don't much go in for that kind of thing - in fact here in Germany it's actually difficult to get a card as they're only just cottoning on to the great commercial opportunity it represents. It's actually quite refreshing not to have the day rammed down one's throat for weeks beforehand!
Anyway, I have a very thoughtful husband......who managed to come home with "The Widow" on Monday night - much appreciated I must say - although I have had several enquiries as to why my husband was bringing a widow home.... I must say I was somewhat surprised to have to explain quite what was going on in my house on Monday evening - that Madame Clicquot - was paying us a visit!! Anyway, I popped her down in the cellar and we'll appreciate her later - well chilled! He tells me that the chap from the couple behind him in the supermarket queue was getting a few pointed comments from his Fraulein indicating that he ought to be buying her something similar.
So here we come then to my first wine posting - as we didn't partake of The Widow on Monday - she wouldn't have gone well with the steak..... this, however went down a treat!
We came across this red on P&O of all places (the overnighter from Hull to Rotterdam) and were impressed at it's round, full fruitiness. Often a Pinotage can be a bit hit or miss, but this one had been consistently good - mind you, you do pay for it - it retails at about 17euro a bottle here in Deutschland.
It's a South African (aren't they all?) Stellenbosch region Pinotage, you can find out more about it here: - http://www.delheim.com/ I'm yet to try their other wines, but feel a taste of the rose will be required once it's a bit warmer.