jamie goode's wine blog: buying wine and cheese

Thursday, December 21, 2006

buying wine and cheese

Just come back from Waitrose, where I did a pre-Christmas treat shop. On the cheese front I bought Keen's Cheddar, Colston Bassett Stilton and Comte. But I also bought two bottles of wine. I try very hard not to buy wine, because my kitchen is full of it, and I have to work hard to keep on top of the samples. I can't always stop myself, though - and it's also healthy to remember what it feels like to shell out your own cash on the stuff. It's easy to overlook the fact that a 20 Chianti Classico or red Burgundy is just plain dull when you didn't pay for it. When it's your own 20, you quite rightly have higher expectations, and you are more likely to be appropriately critical.
What did I buy? First, a bottle of the crowncap-sealed Domaine Chandon ZD 2002, which I recently wrote up (this was 13.99). I liked it in the Yarra; will I like it in my kitchen in London? Always helpful to calibrate my tasting notes with my drinking notes. Second, from the same LMVH empire, a bottle of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (15.99). An odd choice? Well, my brother in law, Beavington, raves about this stuff. I've not tried it for a couple of vintages - I'd come to the conclusion that it's no better or worse than a dozen other leading Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. But Beavington is insistent that it is magical. I'm slightly worried that he's a bit of a label drinker, but I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt by buying this wine to see whether it over-delivers in the way he says it does.

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At 6:39 AM, Anonymous Cru Master said...

Do you eve get any of the Fairview Wine or Cheese?

Have a merry Xmas!

At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know - this blog may be someplace I may have to stick around a bit, like your insight

At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Cru Master----I realise your question is directed at Jamie,but I recently hosted a tasting of Fairview cheese and wine,something I may repeat in the UK,as certainly most of their range of wines is available,and some of the quite delicious cheese.
Was very imprssed my the new Caldera,a southern rhone blend,and the latest vintage of OPS.

At 9:47 PM, Blogger Cru Master said...

Hi Keith

must apologize profusely for not getting in touch - but the close of this year has been madness....i think a wine evening in the very near future is in order!

have a merry merry xmas!

The Fairview Solitude Shiraz - one my wines of the year!

At 9:56 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Same to you Cru Master!! Which vintage of the Solitude are you referring too? The 2004 perhaps?

At 12:10 AM, Blogger Hope said...

This is a great blog. What goes together better than wine and cheese. Maybe the right fruit? We posted a link to your blog from our site at www.gosmelltheflowers.com/blog

We'd love your input!


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