As the bunting comes down post-Jubilee I’m left with the same feeling of sadness and deflation I had two days after my wedding. The build up to the event, the outfits, the planning, the decorations now all gone and normality has replaced what was once excitement and anticipation.
Like the odd piece of confetti you uncover months after your big day I wonder where the last Union Jack will be left flying? If I wasn’t trying to move house I’d happily leave ours up until the end of the Olympics but in an uncharacteristically organised move Mr B has already got rid of it…..! It was an awesome weekend but on reflection I can’t decide whether it was the Queen herself, the sheer number of Union Jacks or the extra long weekend that moved me most. Luckily though my post celebration deflation doesn’t have to kick in yet as coincidently this week also happens to be English Wine Week!
Sales of English sparkling wine soared over the Jubilee celebrations, of course we can’t be sure whether it was Queenie or The Apprentice that can take the credit. As the bunting disappears though English bubbles may feel a little OTT to fill the patriotic lull before London 2012, the good news is though that it’s not just the sparkling wines we’re doing well, it’s the still white wines too. So chin up and best foot forward, here are a couple that will help us do what Brits do best…. Drink Wine and Carry On!
Chapel Down Flint Dry 2011, £9.49 at Waitrose and poured at the Hotel du Vin’s around the country, it does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s flinty and dry. Chill it really really well and serve when the sun is out as a refreshing aperitif, also great with seafood and summer salads.
Three Choirs Regalia 2011 is regal in every way (look at that blatant crown!) apart from the price. £7.30 from Asda it’s floral, summery and ripe with elderflower and lemon blossom characters and has a wonderfully fresh lemon finish. At only 12% abv you can do that other thing us Brits are good at…. have another glass!