When does wine o’clock start for you? If you plan your spare time around what to eat and drink then you might just recognise one (or more) of our five stages of weekend wine drinking, beginning with the post-work ‘Just The One’ drink and ending defiantly with the Sunday evening ‘the Weekend is not Over’ drink. Read on to find out!

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The Friday evening ‘I Need a Drink’ drink

Generally consumed straight from work, this tends to be cold, white and fairly neutral, hence the popularity of Pinot Grigio. Starts off as ‘Just the One’ but if it contains bubbles, one might easily become three or four and before you know it, you’re singing karaoke with colleagues you’ve never spoken to before (and probably never will again).

Try the Antica Vigna Pinot Grigio – a touch more oomph than your average PG, this is cool, crisp and perfect for Friday evening imbibing.

The Friday Night ‘Nightcap’

Might be ill-advised, depending on where you got to in stage 1. If it’s wine, it’ll be red, relatively inexpensive and possibly accompanied by a takeaway and Friday night TV. This is not the time to crack open the posh bottle, no matter how good an idea it seems at the time.

Crack open the 1415 Garnacha Carinena – Bright cherry fruit combined with smooth spice make for a great easy-drinking pizza and pasta wine.

The Saturday afternoon ‘Is it too Early to have a Drink?’ drink

Often consumed with sport (watching rather than playing obvs), in which case it might not be made from grapes. That’s fine, in moderation. If it’s sunny, then rational thoughts relating to the time of day seem to go out of the window, particularly if rosé and barbecues are involved.

Have a glass of Punta Rosa Spumante Rosato – sunny Saturday afternoons and al fresco eating is cause for a celebration in our book – try a light, pink fizz to ease you gently into the evening.

The Sunday ‘I Don’t Normally Drink at Lunchtime’ drink

If you’re going to go to the effort of making a roast dinner, then of course you need a suitable wine pairing. Red meat calls for a rich, structured red which, when combined with daytime drinking, can induce feelings of severe laziness and a distinct inability to do the washing-up.

Savour The Pepper Pot Red, Edgebaston, Stellenbosch – add a liberal dash of rich, peppery Syrah fruit to your roast beef with this stunning Stellenbosch classic.

 

The Sunday evening ‘The Weekend is not Over Yet’ drink

This is the one to savour, particularly as the last sip tends to indicate the end of the weekend and quite possibly the beginning of a dry week (ok dry Monday at least). It might well be the remnants of the Lunch Wine, but if that’s all gone then you’re faced with the dilemma of opening another bottle. Oh go on then…

Sip the Domaine Saint-Lannes Les Peyrades Rouge – a fruity Southern French red to finish the weekend in style: pair with the latest TV thriller and banish all thoughts of the Monday commute.