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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:40 pm 
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Better late than never:

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:58 pm 
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Hey Frankie!
Just been mailed this from TWS
https://www.thewinesociety.com/shop/pro ... nHknNiwtT&
I know nothing about Gewurtz or Alsace (other than your suggestions that I bought at Christmas). Is it worth a punt at £7 off?


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Hey Frankie!
Just been mailed this from TWS
https://www.thewinesociety.com/shop/pro ... nHknNiwtT&
I know nothing about Gewurtz or Alsace (other than your suggestions that I bought at Christmas). Is it worth a punt at £7 off?


Leon Bayer is a great producer, based in Eguisheim which is my favourite Alsace village. I popped into them when I was last over in 2013 and was impressed by their wines. Their house style is "Dry - apart from the sweet wines" which might sound a bit silly but in fact means apart from their special Vendanges Tardives (VT) and Selection de Grains Noble (SGN).

The spectacular Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives 1998 was my top sweet wine of 2016

Now, all that being said, Gewurz is something of a marmite grape - it's very aromatic and its notes of lychees, rose, turkish delight etc. aren't for everyone. For me, when it's good it's fantastic, but there are some which aren't balanced enough for me.

So to answer your question, yes it's worth taking a punt on a few bottles!


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Treated the gf and myself to a couple of bottles of Vina Pomal Gran Reserva 2010 at Pisarro in Bermondsey Street last night, a fabulous example of the region, right up there with Muga.


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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
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frankster wrote:
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Hey Frankie!
Just been mailed this from TWS
https://www.thewinesociety.com/shop/pro ... nHknNiwtT&
I know nothing about Gewurtz or Alsace (other than your suggestions that I bought at Christmas). Is it worth a punt at £7 off?


Leon Bayer is a great producer, based in Eguisheim which is my favourite Alsace village. I popped into them when I was last over in 2013 and was impressed by their wines. Their house style is "Dry - apart from the sweet wines" which might sound a bit silly but in fact means apart from their special Vendanges Tardives (VT) and Selection de Grains Noble (SGN).

The spectacular Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives 1998 was my top sweet wine of 2016

Now, all that being said, Gewurz is something of a marmite grape - it's very aromatic and its notes of lychees, rose, turkish delight etc. aren't for everyone. For me, when it's good it's fantastic, but there are some which aren't balanced enough for me.

So to answer your question, yes it's worth taking a punt on a few bottles!

Cheers Frankie
Will give it a go


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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
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SaintK wrote:
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If memory serves me right that Picpoul was around 15 Pounds. It remind me a lot to our local north white wine Torrontés, very fruity.

Ripoff England :lol:

Bloody French wine shop owners more like ;)
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During my recent tour to London I was looking for a Viognier at a winery near where I was staying and the owner a young frenchman told me to get a bottle



I buy picpoul for around 7'quid a bottle. You can buy a cheap,picpoul cheaper at majestic.


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Life is stupidly busy at the moment, so this is a bit late:

Frankly Wines Top 10 Whites of 2017

..but they're still drinking well in 2018!


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And now Frankly Wines Top 10 Reds


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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:42 pm 
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You are a really important poster on here Frankster! I'd love to meet up with you some day.

We had a lovely gift recently, of a few Riedel glasses. The Reisling one is just so simple, but works.

Be interested in your views on glass shapes.

We have an astonishing glass for brandy. It's like a sherry glass.

I did a blind test on it at Amps. Comparing it to the normal balloon.

Total result but guests might not find it grand enough.


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Anyone heading to the Ely Big Tasting tonight?


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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
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globus wrote:
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You are a really important poster on here Frankster! I'd love to meet up with you some day.

We had a lovely gift recently, of a few Riedel glasses. The Reisling one is just so simple, but works.

Be interested in your views on glass shapes.

We have an astonishing glass for brandy. It's like a sherry glass.

I did a blind test on it at Amps. Comparing it to the normal balloon.

Total result but guests might not find it grand enough.


Would be great to quaff a few bottles :thumbup:


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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
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That's great. I'm not sure exactly where you are but I do know quite a lot about Dublin.

I'd be glad to regale a few memories from my previous marriage.

Plus the infamous drinking session at Jury's en-route to Lansdowne. I'm not sure how I survived that!

We had a wonderful club there dressed as Vikings, with the headgear and all. Plus another with the most ridiculous jerseys which had polka dots all over them.

I shall refrain from telling you what I got dressed up in. With my former wife.

Hint. It was from a pantomime.


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Widow Twankey?


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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
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New post just up today on an Aged Aussie Riesling


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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
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Widow Twankey?

No. We did a pantomine horse!

It was hilarious. I was utterly desperate for a wee having consumed lots of Guinness.

The former Mrs G was at the front and clearly knew I was in trouble.

So we stopped somewhere and I relieved myself into a gutter. That was quite a difficult manoeuvre.

We had a hell of a time getting into the stadium!

I'd got the tickets but they were shoved in my socks.

It's so daft, you really have to hold your head in your hands.


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So I met a PR lurker at the weekend - a bloke working in one of Dublin's better wine shops, knows my blog from lurking on PR - whaddya know!


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:lol: :thumbup:

What street Frankster?


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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
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Never seen that one before bur I see the maker has passed away. I agree with the Clare and Eden Valleys as freat aussie rieslings. Going to the Hunter Valley for Easter so that should be good. Just spent 8 days at my uncle's winery making wine. Bloody hard work.


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Coming back from skiing holidays we stopped in Savigny les Beaune

8)

500 € bill
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Nuit st Georges
Savigny les Beaune
Volnay
Aloxe-corton


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What street Frankster?


Not 100% of the street name but the shop is in Fairview


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A Fine Pair from Franken


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You have just made my day Frankster! Thanks.

I'll have a word with Mr Amps.


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Those look interesting Frankie.
Been getting into German and Alsace wines a bit since Christmas
Googled this one and not available in UK by the looks
Interesting shaped bottles. Is that common?


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Laurent wrote:
Coming back from skiing holidays we stopped in Savigny les Beaune

8)

500 € bill
:lol:
Nuit st Georges
Savigny les Beaune
Volnay
Aloxe-corton


:shock: :lol:


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SaintK wrote:
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Those look interesting Frankie.
Been getting into German and Alsace wines a bit since Christmas
Googled this one and not available in UK by the looks
Interesting shaped bottles. Is that common?

Interesting those bottles shape are EU protected as I found them quite common for decades around here (maybe one of the many customs imported from EU?).

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SaintK wrote:
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Those look interesting Frankie.
Been getting into German and Alsace wines a bit since Christmas
Googled this one and not available in UK by the looks
Interesting shaped bottles. Is that common?



The bottle shape is restricted to certain wines such as those from Franconia :thumbup: and Matteus rose :thumbdown:


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GrapeCircus Round 1


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GDBFC99 wrote:
Laurent wrote:
Coming back from skiing holidays we stopped in Savigny les Beaune

8)

500 € bill
:lol:
Nuit st Georges
Savigny les Beaune
Volnay
Aloxe-corton


:shock: :lol:

in the cellar for a few years before we are going to dig in that lot


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Laurent wrote:
GDBFC99 wrote:
Laurent wrote:
Coming back from skiing holidays we stopped in Savigny les Beaune

8)

500 € bill
:lol:
Nuit st Georges
Savigny les Beaune
Volnay
Aloxe-corton


:shock: :lol:

in the cellar for a few years before we are going to dig in that lot


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frankster wrote:
Laurent wrote:
GDBFC99 wrote:
Laurent wrote:
Coming back from skiing holidays we stopped in Savigny les Beaune

8)

500 € bill
:lol:
Nuit st Georges
Savigny les Beaune
Volnay
Aloxe-corton


:shock: :lol:

in the cellar for a few years before we are going to dig in that lot


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So not inviting Frankie and family for 6 years at least...

:twisted:


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and now GrapeCircus Round 2


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Anything nice and / or interesting over the weekend?


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Anything nice and / or interesting over the weekend?

Yes. It's my 10th year on the Council, so I pushed the boat out. The guests had Carignan Old Vine Pietas 2017
The Management and I got stuck into a bottle of Château Cheval Blanc.

What can I say?

Love to meet you one day. I think we'd have a grand time.


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Cracked open this over the weekend:

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Rocher des Croix, nice AOP vineyard called Château Pas du Cerf in the Var region. Mostly famous for its rose wine but they do some exceptional whites as well.


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BBR have just mailed me. Mystery cases. Good £120, Better £225 and Best £395.

Better case will feature a bottle of 2010 Les Tourelles de Longueville; and the Best will contain a 2003 Ch. Batailley and a 2015 Puligny-Montrachet from Domaine Jacques Carillon.

Tempting.


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Anything nice and / or interesting over the weekend?

Yes. It's my 10th year on the Council, so I pushed the boat out. The guests had Carignan Old Vine Pietas 2017
The Management and I got stuck into a bottle of Château Cheval Blanc.

What can I say?

Love to meet you one day. I think we'd have a grand time.


What vintage, Globus?

Pretty harsh on your guests!


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2010. I made a big mistake a few years ago when I poured out some Haut Brion to guests at a barbeque.

They poured it down their throats like water. So, I decided I was not going to do that again.

My grandchilren's baptism comes up shortly (6th May) and I shall be the wine supplier.

The guests will get a decent glass of wine but at a sensible price.

The white will be Mudhouse and a Peter Lehmann Riesling.

Not sure of the final choice for the reds. I'm seeing Mr Amps about that this week.

I'm also doing some cooking on request. And we have a few things from Waitrose.

Also doing the music. Taking down a few silly things to entertain. I've also got to do a speech.

It's a bit of pressure, but I find it fun.


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Of course.


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Anything nice and / or interesting over the weekend?

Yes. It's my 10th year on the Council, so I pushed the boat out. The guests had Carignan Old Vine Pietas 2017
The Management and I got stuck into a bottle of Château Cheval Blanc.

What can I say?

Love to meet you one day. I think we'd have a grand time.


What vintage, Globus?

Pretty harsh on your guests!

Appears to do that quite regularly. Bog standard bottle for the guests, Grand Cru Classe for himself :lol:


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