Drink of the Week: Mud House New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Based on my posts thus far, you’d be forgiven for thinking that I’m all about the cocktails with the occasional cup of tea thrown in. This is simply not true – I’ll drink pretty much anything!

In particular, I love a nice glass (or two) of wine. One of my favourite varieties in recent years has been New Zealand sauvignon blanc. I love the crisp refreshingness of the tropical fruit notes that you get with it.

A friend, who knows my tastes particularly well, recently treated me to a bottle of Mud House. It’s not one I’ve tried before and so I was excited to try it. It packed a real citrus punch with lemon overtones and was made for a very satisfying drink after a hard day at work. Definitely one I’d buy myself.

P&O Azura 14 Night Mediterranean Cruise – Day 14: Final Sea Day

The final day of our cruise has arrived. In a break with tradition, I didn’t go to the gym this morning because I’ve got an appointment booked with my personal trainer tomorrow afternoon and I’m not supposed to train for more that 2 days in a row. So instead, I enjoyed a cup of tea of the balcony before heading up to the buffet for breakfast.

After breakfast, we did the bulk of our packing until it was time to go to the wine tasting event that we’d booked. It was held in one of the MDRs with the head sommelier. It cost £15pp and included a welcome glass of prosecco, 2 whites, 2 reds and a plate of hor d’oeurves. The head sommelier gave us an introduction to the world of wine and instructions on how to properly taste wine. The wines tasted, a French sauvignon blanc and chablis, an Argentinian Malbec and a chateau neuf du pape, were all were different and very drinkable. A good introduction to wine tasting. All of the wines were reasonably priced and available to buy on board. I think it would have been better to hold this tasting earlier on in the cruise as then we would have had the opportunity to enjoy more of our favourites but this was the only time that the event was held. It was a nice way to pass an hour anyway.

Before heading up to the buffet for our final lunch, we visited the photo gallery and found that we’d actually managed to get some nice photos taken last night! We took advantage of one of their offers and ordered 10 photos between us for £70.

The afternoon was still nice and sunny so I took the opportunity to sunbathe on the balcony for the final time although it was hard to concentrate on reading as there were loads of dolphins out playing.

All too quickly, it was time to get ready for the last supper which saw us in the MDR for the final time. I ordered a Waldorf salad – not something I’d usually go for but it was really tasty, pea and asparagus raviolli and a creme fraiche bavarois with apple and cinnamon. Another superb meal to finish off a wonderful 2 weeks of eating.

After dinner, we snapped a few photos around the ship before going to see this evening’s entertainment, an Elton John tribute act who was pretty good. A final stroll on the promenade to take in another beautiful sunset was followed a last drink on the balcony before heading to bed ready to disembark and drive home tomorrow.

All in all, we had a really good cruise and I would sail with P&O again.

Time for the countdown to the next cruise to begin…

Thanks for following along with me,


PS Do you enjoy cruising? If so, which cruise lines, ships and destinations do you enjoy and why?