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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 1:49 pm 
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The trouble is that many just do not appreciate a decent bottle.

I suppose I am a Scrooge in a way, but nobody complained. They were getting it free.

Got a bottle of Pernand Vergelesses lined up.



You're not a comedy "Scrooge" you're a massive whassit.

The pleasure in wine is sharing it , the thing about opening a special bottle is changing people's opinion of wine or sharing the pleasure of something special. Why on earth you'd tell people that you're a whassit is beyond me.

Don't be silly. We are incredibly generous. We attend wine tastings at the local wine shop. A barbeque is not a wine tasting appreciation event.

Incidentally we were given some more Reidels including some rather nice riesling glasses.

The collection grows.

We've gone for a "mystery" case from Mr Amps. I'm wondering what will turn up.

I'm sure that you think you are. But obviously not to your guests who drink the cheap stuff whilst you knock back the £1,000 bottle in the utility room.


Why don't you come up to Globus Towers and I can show you my cellar, as a fellow rugby man you are most welcome here.

Might even open a bottle of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild that was given to me by a certain well known film actress in Antibes.

I trained at Le Figuier de Saint-Esprit in Antibes

Can cook up a mighty bouillabaisse, their house speciality, the chef trusted me with the recipe that has been in his family for six generations.

Taught his son how to play the drums, and some other bits and bobs.

I have lived a bit

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Most of that is accurate, except showing you my cellar and I don't have a son. But good effort.


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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 2:19 pm 
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Finally tracked down a bottle of this stuff:

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Intrigued to know what, if any, effect ageing in clay with the lees has on the quality of the wine. In theory it should be close to what ancient wine was like, only with better quality control.

It is really good. Been buying if from M and S for a couple of years. Has a depth and freshness to it that is almost fino sherry like.
Hope it was worth the wait and you enjoy it.


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Good to know. I've been meaning to get it for ages and never got round to it until now. Will try it out over the weekend.

On the subject of a fino-style finish, I got six of these from Yapps a few months ago, and it's got an astonishing grass and braeburn apple finish to it, akin to manzanilla:

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Most of that is accurate, except showing you my cellar and I don't have a son. But good effort.

He didn't say you did


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Good to know. I've been meaning to get it for ages and never got round to it until now. Will try it out over the weekend.

On the subject of a fino-style finish, I got six of these from Yapps a few months ago, and it's got an astonishing grass and braeburn apple finish to it, akin to manzanilla:

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Haven't bought from Yapp for a while since I joined The Wine Society. Probably need to have another look.


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Most of that is accurate, except showing you my cellar and I don't have a son. But good effort.

He didn't say you did

Well, apparently I taught my non existent son to play the drums. So you are wrong.


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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
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Most of that is accurate, except showing you my cellar and I don't have a son. But good effort.

He didn't say you did

Well, apparently I taught my non existent son to play the drums. So you are wrong.

I thought it was the "chef's son" in danny_fitz's excellent parody. He doesn't appear to be saying you have one otherwise he would have said "my son"
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Can cook up a mighty bouillabaisse, their house speciality, the chef trusted me with the recipe that has been in his family for six generations.

Taught his son how to play the drums, and some other bits and bobs.

But never mind. Off for a 5 miler and pint now.


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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
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SaintK wrote:
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Most of that is accurate, except showing you my cellar and I don't have a son. But good effort.

He didn't say you did

Well, apparently I taught my non existent son to play the drums. So you are wrong.

I thought it was the "chef's son" in danny_fitz's excellent parody. He doesn't appear to be saying you have one otherwise he would have said "my son"
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Can cook up a mighty bouillabaisse, their house speciality, the chef trusted me with the recipe that has been in his family for six generations.

Taught his son how to play the drums, and some other bits and bobs.

But never mind. Off for a 5 miler and pint now.

Wish I could do the same. A pint of what wine are you having?


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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
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Brazil wrote:
Finally tracked down a bottle of this stuff:

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Intrigued to know what, if any, effect ageing in clay with the lees has on the quality of the wine. In theory it should be close to what ancient wine was like, only with better quality control.


It's more a difference in style rather than quality. Was that wine aged on the skins as well as the lees?


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It's more a difference in style rather than quality. Was that wine aged on the skins as well as the lees?

Can't remember what the label says! But by the colour of the wine in the glass I would have thought skins?

If you ever see this one try it, it was stunning.
From a very small vinyard on Lipari made from the Zibibbo grape in amphorae. Not much of it is made so it is at a premium. Most of it goes to the restaurant trade
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This orange wine from Georgia is made using traditional Georgian techniques which involve the use of a Qvevris – an oval shaped amphorae (often buried) into which the grapes are loaded and left to ferment. The grape in this instance is the indigenous Rkatsiteli which is a white grape. Yes that’s right a white grape…but how come the wine is orange? It’s simple really – because the grapes are unpressed prior to fermentation (the opposite of most white wine production) the extended skin contact extracts colour from the skins. The longer the time on the skins prior to pressing so the deeper the colour.

So onto the wine itself which has an amber hue and on the nose gives aromas reminiscent of honey, nuts, spiced orange peel and apricots. Bone dry with decent acidity this full-ish bodied wine has a really textural waxy feel on the palate – with noticeable grippy, drying tannins (courtesy of the time spent on skins). Complex and rich the wine exhibits a tangible nutty savouriness alongside the honey, stone fruits and orange peel bitterness.

This is very much a food wine – whilst it won’t be too all tastes, orange wines are very much en vogue and this one, available at M&S for a tenner is definitely well worth a try.


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This is very nice. Had some with my lunch in the garden, under the awning. It's very hot here at the moment.

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2016. Trebbiano grape from a small vineyard. Perfect for a spring day.

Bit pricey though.


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Had this at the weekend, 2010. I had begun to get a little frustrated with the Pinot Noir's I had been drinking, they just were not living up to my expectations, this very much did. Had it with a wild mushroom pasta, lovely. Looking at getting a few more in.


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Had this at the weekend, 2010. I had begun to get a little frustrated with the Pinot Noir's I had been drinking, they just were not living up to my expectations, this very much did. Had it with a wild mushroom pasta, lovely. Looking at getting a few more in.


Bertrand Ambroise is a great producer, reliable and pretty good value for money. As it happens I bought this the other day:

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And one of his classy reds was partly the inspiration behind my post which won the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge a few years ago


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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
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So I just get up in the morning and think, bugger it, today is a day where I'll drink a shitload of wine and make an utter cúnt of myself.

And you know, it works!

I don't actually require the wine for the MAUCOM bit, but it makes it more enjoyable.


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So I just get up in the morning and think, bugger it, today is a day where I'll drink a shitload of wine and make an utter cúnt of myself.

And you know, it works!

I don't actually require the wine for the MAUCOM bit, but it makes it more enjoyable.


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First new post in a while, Alsace in Numbers


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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
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Though numbers don't do it justice:

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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
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Though numbers don't do it justice:

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Looks well worth a visit for a lot of reasons!


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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
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Though numbers don't do it justice:

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Looks well worth a visit for a lot of reasons!


Absolutely! Apparently there's a high concentration of top rated restaurants as well, though I prefer the local specialities.


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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
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Looks well worth a visit for a lot of reasons!


Absolutely! Apparently there's a high concentration of top rated restaurants as well, though I prefer the local specialities.

Choucroute and kouglof ...


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Given the hot humid weather I just had an ice cold one of these. Another Var region rose. Winner

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I shouldn't laugh, but I once had a bloke ask me to recommend a wine which wasn't dry, but was wet instead... :shock: :shock: :lol: :lol: :blush: :blush:

Anyway, here's my latest blog post on 2 Muscats, 1 dry and 1 sweet


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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
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Laurent wrote:
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Looks well worth a visit for a lot of reasons!


Absolutely! Apparently there's a high concentration of top rated restaurants as well, though I prefer the local specialities.

Choucroute and kouglof ...


As it happens I am in Alsace right now and mainly eating Riesling :D


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Though numbers don't do it justice:

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Looks well worth a visit for a lot of reasons!


Absolutely! Apparently there's a high concentration of top rated restaurants as well, though I prefer the local specialities.

Choucroute and kouglof ...


As it happens I am in Alsace right now and mainly eating Riesling :D

Passing near Paris on the way back?

I have a bottle of Muscat passerillé in stock 👿


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Laurent wrote:
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As it happens I am in Alsace right now and mainly eating Riesling :D

Passing near Paris on the way back?

I have a bottle of Muscat passerillé in stock 👿


Flying via Basel this trip


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Some nice reds from SuperValu - including a nice magnum reduced from €50 to €20 for Father's day


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As it happens I am in Alsace right now and mainly eating Riesling :D

Passing near Paris on the way back?

I have a bottle of Muscat passerillé in stock 👿


Flying via Basel this trip

Pity

Will drop by in september all going to plan.... (it has not thus far)


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Had no expectations for this, a New Zealand Albarino, absolutely love it. One of the best £13's I've spent lately.


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Had no expectations for this, a New Zealand Albarino, absolutely love it. One of the best £13's I've spent lately.


Where did you buy it?


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Had this whilst on holiday in France the other week:

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Very pleasant indeed, although ludicrously strong at 15%


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Had no expectations for this, a New Zealand Albarino, absolutely love it. One of the best £13's I've spent lately.


Where did you buy it?


Vino in Edinburgh. Really recommend it, full of flavour.


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Had no expectations for this, a New Zealand Albarino, absolutely love it. One of the best £13's I've spent lately.


Where did you buy it?


Vino in Edinburgh. Really recommend it, full of flavour.


It makes sense for Albariño to do well in NZ... hope they try some Godello too!


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Some nice reds from SuperValu - including a nice magnum reduced from €50 to €20 for Father's day


And now some great whites


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I seem to be on a bit of a roll, for now. Here's an Alsace wine new to the (Irish) market with striking packaging.


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Had no expectations for this, a New Zealand Albarino, absolutely love it. One of the best £13's I've spent lately.

I agree. Tried it at the Te Awa winery in Hawked Bay when I was there last year.
I had no great expectations for it either but it was really very good.

Will try to dig out some of the photos I took. Tried a number of their Left field range of wines 8)


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Pétulant Nature is the new hip fizz.


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Pétulant Nature is the new hip fizz.


"Petulant"??

Do you mean "Pétillant naturel" by any chance?


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"Petulant"??

Do you mean "Pétillant naturel" by any chance?

I was trying to be modestly amusing. But, hey ho.


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