"Gie him strong drink until he wink"

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So I have to admit that I have attempted both Dry January and Veganuary this year. Veganuary was a non starter due to my love of cheese but I have succeeded at Vegetarianuary (have I started something here?!) which I think is pretty good. Dry January though……hmmmm……let’s just say there has been a few damp patches.

Anyway, living in Scotland would have seen me fail spectacularly tomorrow as it’s Burns Night and I well and truly intend to celebrate the birthday of Robert Burns by enjoying several glasses of wine and eating some haggis. It’s well known in Scotland that if there’s one thing Rabbie Burns enjoyed, it was a drink with wine, whisky and ale being a regular feature in his works. I can’t help but think that if he was alive today he would have stuck two fingers up to Dry January and Veganuary and probably wrote a poem on how the world had gone a bit mad. I’d say that he would have been right because let’s face it, life’s too short. So if you are planning on abstaining tomorrow then of course that’s ok, but if you are swaying a little then remember these fine words of the Bard;

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Here's a bottle and an honest friend! 
What wad ye wish for mair, man? 
Wha kens, before his life may end, 
What his share may be o’ care, man? 

Then catch the moments as they fly, 
And use them as ye ought, man: 
Believe me, happiness is shy, 
And comes not aye when sought, man

If you are thinking of enjoying a wee wine wi’yer haggis tomorrow then here are a couple of ideas. Have a great Burns Night everyone x



2017 Dr Loosen Slate Hill Riesling
Majestic, £10.99

If you prefer white wine and not sure what to pair with haggis then this little medium dry number will work really well. It’s high in acidity which balances the fat in the haggis and the creaminess of the whisky sauc. The subtle sweetness is dreamy with the spiciness of the haggis. Fragrant, honeyed, peachy and exceptionally quaffable! Give it go, you will be very pleasantly surprised!

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2017 Taste the Difference Pic Saint Loup
Sainsbury’s, £9.00


The perfect red to spice up January and get your juices flowing for a fun Friday night! Pic Saint Loup is in the Languedoc region of Southern France and is becoming an increasingly fashionable destination and choice of wine. The appellation of Pic Saint Loup only produces red and a very small number of rosés and the blend of grapes in this wine is Syrah and Grenache. Rich, full bodied, spicy and peppery, this is a perfect match to the traditional Burns Supper and guaranteed to warm your cockles! An absolute bargin.