The days of the booze cruise may be over, but the chance to stock up on wine in France is rarely one that I pass up. The ferries and the tunnel, in particular, offer the opportunity to bring back lots of wine in your boot.
I like to get a mix of both everyday wines and some good-quality wines to have on special occasions or with nice meals.
During my trip to France a couple of weeks ago, I popped into Cité Europe, not least because it’s tantalisingly close to the Eurotunnel exit in Calais. In it, there’s a large Carrefour supermarket.
I’m particularly partial to a Burgundy – and there were plenty of good ones to choose from. We bought several, including a 2009 Nuits-Saint-Georges.
I will keep it tucked away in the wine cellar – also known as our dining room cupboard – for a few years yet to let it develop.
The village of Nuits-Saint-Georges produces some of the best wines in the region. Indeed, it is so good it even has a crater named after it on the moon: the Place du Cratère-Saint-Georges. It was given the name by the astronauts on Apollo 15, in honour of the wine opened in the Jules Verne novel De la Terre à la Lune (From the Earth to the Moon).
If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.