Sometimes you've got to have a mop-up. Having the excellent habit of trying different wines each night means that after a week or so I'm left with about half a dozen open bottles sporting barely half a glass each. So home alone tonight with my spicy sucuk (Turkish sausage) and lentil stew I had the perfect opportunity to finish off four bottles of open red.
The four dregs were (and in one case are) a 2008 St Laurent (lovely spicy Pinot Noir-ish Austrian variety), a terrific and sappy Bourgogne Rouge, a 2005 Crozes-Hermitage and now finally a Barbera d'Asti that I may or may not finish. Wow, a really mixed bag making for a slightly odd supper. However, it's really interesting to have four decent wines in quick succession that are totally different. Perhaps surprisingly the Bourgogne rouge was the best companion to the meal, but in fact none of them was out of place. Now my stoppers can get back in the drawer and start working again tomorrow.