What to recommend as my match of the week in this astonishing week for British sport, and especially athletics? Well, what else but Jessica Ennis' post-event treat of “a few glasses of wine and lots of rubbish food”!
For many of us, of course, that’s the norm rather than the exception from a highly disciplined training regime - well, maybe we’re healthier than that but I doubt most of you subsist on energy bars and bananas, as Jessica reputedly does
I’ve been unable to find out exactly what JE does drink but I’m guessing as a young wine drinker it’s going to be something like Pinot Grigio, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or rosé - all versatile wines to accompany a spot of hard-core snacking
Or, as she used to work in Pizza Hut, maybe a glass of Sicilian red or a ripe fruity Merlot would hit the spot?
If she fancies a burger she could always crack open a bottle of classed growth claret as recommended in this feature I wrote for Decanter on fine wine and fast food: she should certainly be able to afford it after last weekend but sounds like she’d settle for something a good deal more modest than that.
So perhaps she’s just going to put her feet up in front of the telly and watch the rest of the week’s events with a large tub of popcorn and a glass of prosecco. Or, better still, celebrate with a bottle of English sparkling wine like Nyetimber or Ridgeview Cuvée Merrett (both currently on offer at Waitrose at £22.49 and £17.99 respectively). And also very good with chips ;-)
If you'd just won an Olympic gold medal how would you celebrate?