Where there’s a wine, there’s a reason

They say everything happens for a reason but I don’t buy it. Strolling along the beach near my lovely home, Rose Cottage, with my proud, noble Irish wolfhound, Charlton, I was pondering the mysteries of life.

Most especially, I was thinking about how suddenly things change. One minute, you’re walking along life’s lonely highways, hand in hand with yourself, the next minute you catch a lady’s eye and- boom!- everything changes. Irrevocably.

Yes, these things happen for a reason I told myself, fondly reminiscing upon the day I met and quickly seduced my beloved wife, the delectable Madame G., while picnicking in the Luxembourg Gardens. At which point, a fly flew into my right eye at tremendous speed. Somehow it got beneath my eyelid. It became terribly agitated in there. Naturally, I found this exceptionally irritating and a little bit frightening. What if I couldn’t get the fly out? Could I lose my eye? Why? There was no reason for this.

The fly disappeared- it’s probably somewhere inside my body now but let’s not trouble ourselves with that- and I made my way home in one piece. To settle myself after this unnerving experience I poured a large glass of today’s WINE OF THE WEEK, the velvety smooth, sumptuous and densely textured 2012 Cotes du Rhone Villages (from Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference range, £6.99).

Open, concentrated blackcurrant and raspberry flavours thrill the palate while vanilla, oak and a pinch of black pepper add intriguing complexity to a luxurious, lingering finish. It went very nicely with a light supper of serrano ham, manchego cheese, tomatoes and black olives.

As well as wrestling with metaphysical questions and wondering who’s going to win the World Cup, I’ve been spending rather too much time watching Wimbledon in the sunshine on my portable TV. And to wine-drinking, tennis lovers that doesn’t mean Rafa, Roger and Big Andy so much as strawberries and rose wine.

This year I’ve mainly been imbibing the gloriously refreshing, delicate and deliciously dry 2012 Cotes du Provence Rose (also from Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference, £7.99). Teeming with bright redcurrant, strawberry and creamy flavours, this peachy-pink joy offers a veritable mouthful of Summer in a glass.

“So why, oh why, did the fly fly, into my right eye and nearly make me die?” says poor little I, starting to cry. “My, oh my, oh my! Mammy, can you tell me why?”

“Well, wee pie,” says she, where there’s rhyme, there’s reason.” Now that, I can buy. Till next week, tipplers, sante!