12th July 2017

Five go camping

Thankfully the kids are still of an age where everything is still an adventure. This means we can go camping in wildest Wales and everyone remains happy. The beach is just the right distance for a 7-year-old to cycle too; there is a well-stocked kiosk half way back up the slope; the surf is gentle and there are spider crabs to spot in the crystal-clear water. Idyllic. Well yes, but I can assure you that the rose-tinted specs’ are definitely on!

There were the consecutive days last year where it simply made sense to clamber into the wetsuits BEFORE exiting the tent, such was the relentless nature of the rainfall. That combined with the joys of a VERY basic campsite, a randy dog with the hots for the farmer’s own 4-legged friend and a camping kitchen which took 48 hours to construct meant I was relieved that I had not forgotten the camping (wine) essentials. Pouch wine, bag in box wine, a few cans of Quello plus a couple of pairs of Govinos.

I simply love drinking wine out of Govinos. They are ergonomically a delight with a flat bum and a handy little thumb notch. They remind me of busy, happy wine times – Wine Car Boot; markets a plenty and visits to More Wine stockists to check all our bag in box wine is in order. The Govinos look as crystal clear as glass, they allow one to properly appreciate the colour of the wine and most importantly allow you to capture the aroma of your tipple correctly. Those essential fruit flavours, the primary aromatic characteristics of a wine are all captured in the olfactory bulb (ie your hooter), whilst your mouth will confirm the structure of the wine; it’s acidity, body, whether it has tannins and the level of sweetness, etc. One’s nose is much better served by a vessel which gathers the aromas in at the top rim of the glass as a Govino does so perfectly. Straight edged or even outward pointing glassware, no matter how much that cut crystal set you back is not really of much use at all. Govinos are perfectly suited for use in the garden, at festivals, having a picnic, on the beach, when camping or simply whenever the little ones are around.

Govinos were developed in the USA for trade professionals to show their wines properly wherever and whenever. Govinos are elegant, practical, shatterproof and odourless (and currently only £10 for 4 from More Wine!). They are made from BPA free polymers and no there isn’t something wrong with your glass madam that thumb notch is meant to be there!!

On our last outing to Wales I found they were perfectly paired with a pouch of the fabulous Du Grappin Blanc. A Macon Villages which is a real treat and just perfect with some spanking fresh fish lightly fried in butter. The better half has a penchant for a chilled Quello or two, particularly after a hard day on the beach. You can slurp from the can, but you’ll appreciate the fine bubbles and refreshing wine far better if poured into your own Govino.

ps: To complete your Enid Blyton vision of bucolic Welsh summer happiness it is perfectly acceptable to pour lashings of ginger beer into one too! Anything for a moment’s peace……..

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Govino £10 / Pack of 4

Made with an eco-friendly polymer, the stemless glasses are brilliant to drink from. They are designed to reflect the wine’s colour and aromatics in a similar way to crystal glass. Elegant, shatterproof, reusable and recyclable. These Govino ‘glasses’ are dishwasher proof.

2015 – BAGNUM - BLANC DU GRAPPIN Macon Villages £26 / 1.5 litres

100% Chardonnay, from a 25 year old parcel, bordering Pouilly Fuisse and Vire-Clesse. The cooler microclimate helps keep acidity, resulting in bright, fresh wines. A natural fermentation though only 50% went through a malolactic conversion, again to retain freshness. The wine has spent 6 months on its lees and is only lightly filtered.A 'Vin du Soif' - delicious, fun and refreshing.

QUELLO (#JustBubbles) CAN Italian Semi-Sparkling 200ml can

Pack of 6 - £15

Pack of 12 - £27.50

Pack of 24 - £50

A naturally fermented sparkling white wine in a slim 200ml aluminum can. Lighter and more portable than glass, chills faster, easy to crush and dispose when empty. The wine is naturally fermented from Trebbiano and the rare Pagadebit grapes grown in Emilia-Romagna. The second fermentation to give the wine it’s sparkle occurs in tank in the same way as some Prosecco, though the sugar content is lower than most Prosecco at 8mg/litre compared to a standard 12mg/litre. It is as natural as can be, a purist’s delight with no added CO2 or glycerin. Light, refreshing, zesty, quaffable and a mere 11% ABV. Perfect as an aperitif, straight from the can or use it as a cocktail base, the choice is yours. Semi-sparkling. 11% ABV

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