Last night we settled ourselves in to watch Arsenal take on Barcelona, two teams who like to play football in a way that people like to watch. We opted for a Spanish wine, although a Catalan one would have been a better match.
Our tiny work gambling syndicate had a couple of quid on Arsenal at 3/1, and although I secretly wanted Barcelona to win because they were just so good in the first half, I happily won the bet.
The Castillo Del Ciego Rioja from Laithwaites, despite being a cheap and cheerful non-vintage, was surprisingly good too. It wasn’t a fine classic Rioja by any means, but it was a good fruity Tempranillo with a smidge of vanilla spice.
At about £7 a bottle it was a good Rioja-impersonator for a midweek treat.