I will certainly be indulging in the odd London No.1 Gin – occasionally doctored with Dolin Vermouth for the perfect Martini (a sure way to mute the noise of children around the swimming pool), and of course a holiday wouldn’t be complete without a few bottles of Champagne Louis Roederer Brut Premier.
Our holiday includes a lot of time relaxing in the sun but sadly no beach, the Domaines Ott Blanc de Blancs with its almost saline quality is a sure way to get into the holiday spirit. The Trinity Hill Sauvignon Blanc is a fabulous summer lunch wine and the Duas Quintas Branco a little more substantial but one of my true finds of 2017. I’ll also be packing a lot of La Vieille Ferme Rosé for the afternoons that gather a momentum of their own.
Finally, a bottle of Château du Tariquet Bas Armagnac XO – for selfish indulgence when required!
Christmas lunch will be a modern take on tradition (and I’m not talking about the fact that the men will be doing all the cooking in the kitchen). Canapés of Foie Gras served with Champagne Jacquinot Brut NV, followed by a Cos lettuce, smoked salmon and avocado terrine served with By.Ott Rosé, turkey on the Weber, complete with duck fat roast potatoes, served with Domaine Ogier Syrah “La Rosine” and the 10-year-old Ramos Pinto Quinta Ervamoira Tawny port to wash down the mince pies.