Today is National Drink Wine Day. Oh good. Actually I don’t drink a lot of alcohol. I do like a glass of Riesling, especially the superb Two Paddocks Picnic Riesling.
I like bourbon, but a single within a long drink of L & P ( a New Zealand made mixer with a lemon flavour) and there’s a pre-mix vodka based milk shake drink called a “Mudshake” which comes in a yummy pina colada flavour. It’s like drinking a milkshake and you drink it too quickly and want another one. In my (not very) misspent youth I used to like Harvey Wallbangers and Fluffy Ducks – both cocktails. Both taste like non-alcoholic drinks so you drink too many and then can’t stand up. Because my excursions into the world of being drunk were rare, I remember them well. I remember being in the UK in 1980 and drinking too much at a race meeting and the next day someone had the bright idea of going to the Windsor Safari Park so we were in a car, in the middle of Summer, with the windows wound up and terrible hangovers.
Enough of this. I went to a chocolate factory yesterday, in the interests of research. Before you say, “a likely story,” the next instalment of the “Blood and Wine” trilogy will centre around chocolate and the making of wine filled chocolates. It will be from Anna’s point of view and will feature a battle royal with the strong women of the dastardly Lane family… and will have to feature some kind of death by chocolate. So it was necessary to see how chocolate is created, tempered and how chocolates are filled etc. And I had a bowl of hot chocolate made with real melted Belgian milk chocolate and hot milk, spoils you for Milo in so many ways. Rotten job, research, but someone has to do it.
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Lunchtime and perhaps a wee half glass of Two Paddocks Picnic Riesling….