jamie goode's wine blog: Late night wine with the wineanorak, episode 5

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Late night wine with the wineanorak, episode 5

Tasting two wines and a beer:

Domaine du Closel La Jalousie SavenniŤres 2005 Loire, France
A really fantastic, intense dry Chenin from the Loire, boasting aromas of herbs, honey, straw and lanolin. The palate is concentrated, mineralic and dry, with a strong savoury, almost cheesy character to it. Nice acidity keeps things very fresh. Itís quite a challenging drink now, but I reckon this will age very well and pick up complexity over the next decade. 90/100 (£9.95 The Wine Society, £11.95 Tanners)

Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Walker Bay, South Africa
A fresh, intense and rather unusual Sauvignon Blanc from a relatively cool-climate maritime region in South Africa. The dominant feature here is a distinctive green pepper, chalky methoxypyrazine streak, which adds some savoury complexity to the intense herby, grassy fruit. Itís a concentrated wine that would work very well with food, but isnít really suited to casual sipping. Beautifully packaged with a lovely label, a half-length silver capsule (a la Ridge) and a high quality natural cork. 88/100 (£8.99 Noel Young, www.sawinesonline.co.uk)

The beer is Innis and Gunn Cask Strength Oak-aged beer


At 12:00 AM, Blogger Douglas Blyde said...

Jamie (in my opinion), you might consider enlivening your presentation. I realise the theme is 'late night', but nothing beats daylight, maybe with your garden as the backdrop. Maybe ask yourself, is video-blogging in the current incarnation adding anything to your written skills? In film, the use of cutaways, like close-ups of wine labels, pensive shots of the liquid gyrating glycerously around the glass and even a cheekily raised eyebrow and plate of apposite accompanying food brings intrigue. It is after all a visual medium. Dissolve rather than harshly cut. Why not consider tasting one wine, like the magical chamaeleon, 'Di Barro' immediately uncorked, then revisit it the next day and even the day after that. Use the medium to show the lapse in time. Or: show the effect of three different glass shapes on the same wine. Your fans probably don't want to see the dimmer switches! Play more and abolish that newsreader laptop!

At 7:40 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Yes 100% agree with Douglas. Great writers rarely make great actors!
Need to work on your presentation skills Jamie!!!

At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Stuart Peskett said...

Jamie, I agree with the above comments, and couldn't you have opened all three beforehand, so we don't have that noisy clanking of the corkscrew etc, that is actually louder than your voice, given its proximity to the microphone.

Can't see the point of watching you open each bottle, frankly...

At 2:57 PM, Anonymous Gabriel said...

I think you're being a bit harsh on Jamie. The videos make a welcome change from simply reading TNs, and the amount of time it would take to edit them into a slicker effort wouldn't be justified IMO. Nowt wrong with it being a bit rough and ready, and I for one enjoyed the canine interruption on a recent blog. Personally I wasn't too bothered by seeing the bottles being opened although it was a bit deafening listening on ear plugs! Also not too offended by the sight of the odd dimmer switch, although it's distracting seeing all those unopened bottles!

Previous episodes had cutaways to the wine labels, following earlier feedback from myself and others, so it's a shame they've been dropped this time.

On the wine, I've had a couple of the Savennieres over the last fortnight and have to agree it is a superb Chenin Blanc. Especially as I got mine for £6.99 as remainders. Great value.

At 4:31 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Thanks for the comments - criticism is always welcomed when it's as constructive as this.

I've got a few ideas for video blogging innovations. Watch this space!

At 7:13 PM, Anonymous Stuart Peskett said...

Gabriel, I think we are being constructive.

Jamie has repeatedly said how he is keen to get feedback on these videos, and it's not like we're logging on and saying "it's good" or "it's shit", is it?

Nobody likes too much zane, especially when it comes to wine, but personally, I think Jamie's videos could do with a touch more oomph, that's all.

At 11:20 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Yes, I do appreciate the criticism. I also like the way Gabriel stuck up for me...but I guess I'm only human.

The videos do need a lot more oomph, without me resorting to just being wacky and in-yer-face. There's room to do this.

I find it a lot easier to feed off someone else, rather than staring at a piece of electronic machinery.


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