The new wines, available in lots of stores, are a trendy Pinot Grigio marked with a smell of fresh, melony fruit and crisp apple taste; Sauvignon Blanc 2008 that's light, grassy and refreshing; a Sparking Blanc de Blancs that's ripely
fruity with lemony acidity and a nicely yeasty aroma; and a Tempranillo 2008 that's deep and plummy, but with a bit of bite.
So it's a welcome surprise that in its Broadway premiere, director Michael Blakemore, adapter David Ives and a spirited cast led by human whoopee cushion Norbert Leo Butz have turned this trifle into a ripely
That year was a difficult, hot vintage, but the wine, though just a little raisiny, is ripely
fruity without being baked like many other 2003s.
What Hedda wants instead is the combustible excitement promised by Eilert Loevborg (Jamie Sives), whom our heroine describes in much the same ripely
romantic imagery that Shakespeare's Cleopatra uses to extol her Antony.
It lacks the sweet centre of American Pie and there's precious little dimension to the characters, but with smutty juvenile innuendo, huge dollops of vulgarity, phrases that make Viz sound puritanical and a ripely
enthusiastic cast that also includes Morwenna Banks, Les Dennis and the scene-stealing Zita Sattar - now forever to be known as the Nutella girl - its adolescent target audience of scarpy binners will be too busy hurling popcorn chunks with laughter to care.
Moving to France, Waitrose Brut Champagne (Waitrose, pounds 4 off at pounds 11.99 until Tuesday) is ripely
fruity with a toasty, nutty quality.
Paul O'Donnell won Sunday's Big Waters AC match on Whittle Dene with 16lb from peg seven, ahead of Malcolm Gardener with 14lb 14oz in second and Nigel Ripely
with 12lb 4oz in third.
But even as she basked in the rose-tinted glow of public admiration for her role as the ripely
lovely Mariette in The Darling Bud's of May, Catherine Zeta-Jones always knew she was destined for higher things.
Henry Pelle's Menetou Salon 2005 (pounds 8.99 at Oddbins) is just as it should be, crisp and citrus but ripely
fruity with a touch of gooseberry and a lovely, dry mineral salts complexity.
The Bard's infinite elasticity surely could withstand a Bollywood spin; what it can't take is the cumulative effect of indifferent verse speaking and the absence of any mystery or eroticism to what, in better hands, remains possibly Shakspeare's most ripely
shimmering and suggestive play.