Well, over at the Wed Wose Café there's been some straight talking about Irish blogs (don't get involved if you're not expecting the Spanish Inquisition, &c.), including those that are
<...> little more than turgid regurgitations of the news with some self-righteous indignation thrown in for good measure, more still which are nothing but You Tube tenpenny bags <...>
Well, that's me sometimes, though my reader is too polite ever to say as much.
the real post starts here:
I'm trying very hard this week to get away from the turgid regurgitations and so on, because the Irish Times is printing a little thing wot I wrote, and probably a photo too, on Saturday next, to draw your attention to our presence at the Taste of Cork bash, which is taking place up at the gaol. The link to http://www.tastefestivals.ie/ isn't working for me, but that's where you ought to be able to find out more.
Anyway, there are some wines that do a useful job of filling any bare patches in your garden. They are well-behaved and likeable and help to give context to the showy, fragrant stuff: the real stars of the show, as some might say. They are called ground cover wines. Oh no, hang on, that's plants
. But anyway, same thing applies, and there are ground cover wines. I offer the following example. Here's a picture, taken a good few weeks ago, of a very obliging ground cover plant, Trachystemon orientalis
. It's a sort of borage, and it makes big glossy, itchy-hairy green leaves with a few blue stars of flowers as an inconsequential bonus. It fills a shady gap, sturdily and uncomplainingly, and I'm very grateful to it for that. I much prefer it to some of the ephemeral, high-maintenance ballerinas of the garden.
Ditto, and here's the wine part at last
, on the right you can see the Touraine Malbec "Le Poira" from Domaine du Haut Perron
. Although the Touraine is better known for its white wines, this is a red that's full, fresh, and fruity in a comforting way; not at all the stalky, too-cool-climate style that some people fear in a Loire red. I met Cédric Allion, the son of the domaine, at the wine fair in Angers last year, though I didn't mention the fact in my summary
. I'm glad we kept in touch, though.
As a friend of Eric Chevalier at Domaine de l'Aujardiere
, Cédric was able to send us a few trial cases of this delicious, reliable, everyday red wine combined with some of Eric's Muscadet
and Fié Gris
. We have very little of it left now, and I must re-order. If you call in to the Wine Depot, you may just get a bottle. I haven't put it in the webshop yet because of the limited stock, but as soon as the new delivery comes in, it'll be there at a very tasty €12.50. This is a red wine that will fill the gaps where nothing else much cares to grow, with interest and understated charm throughout the season.