Planning a holiday in the North York Moors in June and July seemed like a great idea – swimming, cycling, walking and barbecuing in the sun all day long. That was before the great flood of 2007. The motorway was closed, sizeable bits of road have been washed away, but I’m here and it’s lovely. The sun has been shining, the birds singing, and the hills fierce so now my legs are sore and my nose burnt.
It started raining late afternoon, inviting a drink to cheer me up. We had a 2003 Clos Monistrol Vintage Cava from Sainsbury’s. A very hot year following plenty of early rain in Spain.
It was dry, fresh, yeasty and lemony. There was apple too, which didn’t make it all the way to quince, and just the right amount of fizz – perfect in fact for Kir’s and after sitting open for half an hour, for Bellini’s.
At £3.99 a bottle this isn’t fooling anyone into thinking they’re drinking fine Champagne, but in cocktails, or just as a well chilled afternoon treat it’s excellent value.