jamie goode's wine blog: A new book project and cheese

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A new book project and cheese

Tripped off to Islington today to visit MQ Publications. I'm going to be doing a book with them, on wine, but not as you know it. The team there have come up with a brilliant idea for a wine book that isn't like other wine books, and is of general appeal. Yvonne Deutsch, who will edit the project, has some wonderful ideas and will be a hands on editor - it will be fun working with someone who wants to have some creative input in the project. Will share more details when it's the right time. One of the MQP people who has been advocating this project strongly is Simon Majumdar, who is a bit of a wine nut. He has an excellent foodie blog, which can be found at http://www.majbros.blogspot.com/.

This evening I supped on Comte cheese and a fantastic bread (ancienne) from Villandry, which at 2 is an expensive loaf. But consider that crap plastic bread costs 0.70 a pop, then this - one of the best breads I've had - is a total bargain.
Washed down with several wines, including three of the remarkable Simcic whites (from Slovenia), which see extended skin contact - this makes them a little tannic. They're weird by modern standards, but I like them a lot. I'd love to make a wine that's a blend of red and white grapes, treated like a red wine with maceration on skins, and with balance achieved not by blending but in the fermenter.

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At 9:57 AM, Blogger Hermano 2 said...

Thanks for the link to Dos Hermanos, Jamie

Looking forward to working with you on the book


At 7:19 PM, Blogger Marcus g58 said...

I'm wondering how easily you came across Slovenian wine?

I assume that everywhere it's becoming easier and easier -- I've noticed I'm already the third blogger to post about the stuff this week.

(But I had to travel to a different coutnry to get mine.)

At 11:02 PM, Blogger David said...

Compte and Arbois A match made in Heaven. Do try t sometime, it;s well worth the heavenly state your taste buds will be in!


At 7:15 PM, Anonymous Doug said...

Yes, indeed, the spiritual match is Comte and Savagnin from a good producer (or a Savagnin/Chardonnay blend). Arbois Poulsard and Trousseau are worth assaying if you prefer red wines.

At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Jamie---when you visit the Cape next,go to Lourensford winery.Not I hasten to add,for the rather nondescript wines,but go and taste the excellent chedder cheese amde on the premises there.
A friend of mine is the owner,and his very first"vintage" came second in the International Cheddar cheese championships.Just brilliant cheese.
Lourensford have recently opened a preety good restaurant,so look forward to entertaining you there,in due course.


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