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“Leftovers” – a simple word that frankly filled me with dread as a kid. “What’s for dinner” and “leftovers” gave thoughts of reheated cheese quiche (a staple primary school meal, which I detested) and pale grey-purple blancmange (also from primary school, luckily it didn’t taste of much). But in reality I don’t actually recall ever being hungry or disappointed with “leftovers”.

Of course in these cash-tight times one tries to be prudent and non-wasteful I certainly do not want to be one of those allegedly wasting £60 in food a month! So here I am stirring a couple of tablespoons of left-over baked beans into a scraping of chili mince. A squeeze of tomato puree and a splash of something red and there is tonight’s pasta sauce… but it all seems slightly depressing. One way to make it more of an occasion? Open a bottle of something relatively decent.

So under the corkscrew went a Côtes du Rhône Vinsobres 2011 from Cellier des Dauphines. Vinsobres being a specific southern Rhone village…

“The vineyards of Vinsobres are situated in the village of Vinsobres a the heart of Drôme Provencale in rh Southern Rhône. Awarded the prestigious statues of “Cru des Côtes du Rhône” in 2006, the wines are considered some of the finest of the Soouthern Rhône. Producing red wines only, the blends are mainly Grenache (50% minimum) and Surah (255) and/or Mourvedre. “ [whites and rosés from the village are sold under the generic Cotes du Rhone title]

Cellier des Dauphines Cotes du Rhone Vinsobres

Cellier des Dauphines Cotes du Rhone Vinsobres

It’s not an expensive wine, about £6 I believe in Morrisons, but a deserving Silver Medal winner at the IWSC this year. Basically just about perfect a wine For leftovers, whether a cobbled together pasta sauce, a baked potato “charred from the embers of the bonfire” or sausages, steak and lamb kebabs.

As it happens I actually really like bubble-n-squeak (sans parsnips) or the Sunday roast chicken re-invented as a ‘curry’, which in my childhood came complete with raisins. I certainly never went hungry as a kid; leftovers or otherwise.

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