When I’m in France I battle with my desire to eat every delicious morsel put in front of me, the need to exercise for guilt-free-gluttony and the green eyed monster that surfaces when I see slim French women at the same restaurants I’m eating in but who I never bump into around the champagne paved streets of Reims running off le fromage….
It’s a curious fact that has always bothered us Brits, how do les belles femmes do it? According to an article in Red magazine last month the French secret is out “If you want to stay slim swap your diet coke for some water, a little wine and a side order of self-restraint.” A little wine you say? Well, don’t mind if I do.
L’Atelier Miquel GSM 2008 from the the sunny Languedoc in the south of France is a blend of the acronym in the title; Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Its fresh red fruit and herbal aromas, lightly spicy cherry kirsch and dried herb characters added a certain je ne sais quoi to our gamon roast. £9.99 from Waitrose.