It’s almost a month now that I have been one of Lindeman’s sunshine ambassadors and I must confess to really enjoying this role. As mentioned in my wine tasting tips post each glass of wine contains about 1000 drops of Australian sunshine and sunshine makes me happy.
So how have I been adding sunshine to people’s lives? Well we can start with a family barbecue where 22 of us got together to celebrate the twins 6th birthday and also my mum’s recovery from her brain operation undergone a month ago which scared the living daylights out of me but I’m happy to report she is her usual sunny self and right up for the Lindeman’s wine tasting I had planned for her.
We offered 2 whites, 2 reds and a rose to the crowd and set them free on the wine and snacks, their only duty was to inform me what they thought of the wines. Well youngest brother liked them so much he asked if could take a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay home with him to ‘ponder more deeply on the fruits and flavours each wine held.’ ;) How could I say no?
Mum liked the Pinot Grigio most of all. Nan had a Chardonnay diluted with blackberry cordial and lemonade (I know guys, I know but she’s 94 and that’s how she likes it)
The sister in laws loved being part of this sunshine project and I heard many discussions from them heading off in all tangents. One minute they were on Rose the next on Pinot Grigio and the world was being put to rights once again.
Our friend John and his wife Ann who joined us for the day tried the Shiraz and there were nods of approval all round.
The family party was a success and Lindeman’s complimented perfectly the laughter, conversation and fun of the day.
My next wine tasting was with my lovely school mums; we have the most fleeting conversations at drop off and pick up as each of us running to the next appointment/activity/home.
Me to a school mum at pick up: ‘How are you? All ok?’
Mum to me whilst grappling with a tired year one and a baby who doesn’t want to stay still but be on the move in her pram: ‘Yes. I’m fine thanks – baby slept all night!’
Me to hassled mum with smile of understanding: ‘Brilliant news. We must find time to chat sometime!’
So I did find time and on the second to last day I sent a message via good old Facebook and invited all mums of the class to pass by my back garden for a glass of sunshine.
I was very pleased with the turnout of 7 mums, they were very pleased with the wine and it was lovely to sit and chat about holiday plans, Year Two thoughts, books we were reading and plenty more. It’s these small moments that connect mums in their busy lives and keeps that smile going until we meet again in September when we’re all running around from school to activities and trying to keep track of EVERYTHING once again.
Special note to Lindeman’s the school mums LOVED your wine and are available for any future tastings – you have their word ;)
Happy holidays lovely mums!
I saw Lindeman’s Shiraz on sale in the motorway services at the Waitrose shop we stopped at yesterday on our way back from Camp Bestival. I had taken a bottle of the Cabernet Sauvignon with me to drink there but of course no glass and no alcohol must be taken into the Festival so it has returned home with me because by the time I got back to camp I was not in need of any more wine ;)
So Lindeman’s thank you for allowing me to add sunshine to the people’s lives above. I can say that I have enjoyed a glass of an evening watching the girls play in the garden and enjoying Britain’s fantastic weather, I have added a drop of your Shiraz to a homemade ragu, which was delicious even if I do say so myself and I have opened a bottle when a lovely friend popped by out of the blue to say hi.
I’m looking forward to see what the next month brings Lindeman’s, who knows where my wine will take me this time?