So this week in the news you may have stumbled across the term adequate food in relation to the ongoing Brexit omnishambles. Whilst these articles and news casts refer more to fresh produce coming into the United Kingdom from the European Union it did get me thinking about what other things (mostly booze) that we as a nation import and what things we’re likely to either have to fork out extra for, or we’re soon to be running low on.
Have a look at the list from just a few of the member states and see if there’s anything on there that you might want to begin stockpiling, me personally I’m going to be stocking up on fine French Wine, sweet Italian Marsala and some tolerbale port from Portugal.
||Leffe (Beer), Duvel (Beer)
||Zagorka (Lager) Mastika (Spirit)
||sljivovica (Plum brandy), travarica (Herbal Liqueur)
||Commandaria (Dessert Wine)
||Red, White and Rose Wine, Champagne, Cognac, Eau De Vie, Casis, Absinthe
||Jagermeister, Riesling, Erdinger (beer) Becka (Lager)
||Ouzo (Spirit), Red Wine, White Wine, Rose Wine
||Guinness (stout) Jameson’s (Whiskey), Baileys, Magner’s (cider)
||Red, White, Rose Wine, Prosecco, Asti Spumante, Limoncello, Vermouth, Disarano, Amaretto, Peroni (Lager), Sambuca, Marsala, Madeira, Grappa, Campari
||De Kuyper (Liqueur)
||Tyskie (lager) Vodka
||Port, Red Wine
||Bats Blood (red wine)
||Red, White, Rose, Sparkling, Fortified Wine, Sherry
||Absolut (Vodka), Kopparberg (Cider) Rekorderlig (Cider)
I like Port. This came as quite a revelation to me, because until about 6 months ago I thought I hated the stuff. Then I had some at a civic dinner in the Vale of Glamorgan, and my mind was opened, and so the other day I decided to treat myself to a bottle of Otima 10 year old Tawny Port, if only because it was on offer in Morrison’s.
I picked up a bottle, and I’m glad I did, so following the rules of port I decanted the bottle and after about an hour I was blown away by the complexity of the flavour. It was so sweet it was like drinking mead and taste stays with you for long enough to appreciate it, unlike a lot of ports, where after a sip or two you feel that you’ve had enough, so much to my chagrin, I found that in a short period I was short of port, but it was well worth the hangover that I am now suffering through, my only wish is that I had a few cigars accompany it, but these days as I’m not allowed to smoke indoors (and have given up on cigarettes entirely) I don’t tend to keep any about the house, but c’est la vie, or so the people say.
I’m going to put my hands up at the beginning of this review and say that Celteg Wines are hands down my favourite domestic vintners in the UK, it wouldn’t be Christmas in my household without their mead. So with that declaration out of the way I’m going to try and be as unbiased as possible in this review.
I picked up several different varieties of Celteg wine at the Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show in July and for whatever reasons had decided to cellar it behind the bar (on the bookcase) of my man cave, But tonight since I’m free of my offspring and have no pressing civic or work based commitments tomorrow I decided to dust off a couple of bottles of the old vino collapso.
The first I picked was a rather large red (A New Zealand Merlot Cab blend that was pretty chewy and went well with the chicken I had for dinner) then I moved on to the lighter, more fruity wine that I thought would serve as a nice little aside before Morpheus came to claim me for the night.
Out came the Celteg Raspberry it was a lovely and ripe fruity number as I expected and have come to expect from the Celteg range, and as I’ve never had the still version of their raspberry wine before I was pleasantly surprised at how fruity it was, but I was a little taken aback by the more alcoholic taste, and felt that the alcohol did over power the fruit somewhat, but the wine itself was a rather pleasant quaff and I feel that I may pick up a bottle (*cough*case*cough*) or two the next time I head over to the celteg website.