jamie goode's wine blog: Italian wines with the Manchester derby

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Italian wines with the Manchester derby

Football talk, I'm afraid. It's half-time in the Manchester derby game. City started off badly, went 1-0 down. The prize? A place in a cup final, City's first since 1981, although this semi is over two legs.

Then City equalize from a slightly soft penalty. In a sign of respect to Mancini (the city manager), I'm drinking Italian.

Chianti Rufina Riserva 2004 from Villa di Vetrice (BBR) is nicely bitter, lively, plummy, earthy and has a hint of animal. Satisfying and a bit rustic. Nigel de Jong.

Banfi Rossi di Montalcino 2007 is more refined, less edgy and has some satisfying spicy, earthy notes with a bit of tannic grip. Solid, dependable but lacks any real excitement. A good squad member who'll do a job. Pablo Zabaleta. Better than many Banfi reds I've had of late, and this one will be in the Bibendum sale that starts in February.

The commentary team are hopelessly pro-United. City outplayed United for large periods of the first half. Shearer's the only one who realized that. The BBC football punditry is just so rubbish these days.

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At 11:39 PM, Anonymous dark horse said...

how many chips on your city shoulders jamie - now railing against the bbc commentators, hope the painkillers are not impairing your otherwise balanced view of the world. re the flagstone piece, first time i have seen the labels but they look ok on the picture / retain some of the irreverance of the original - although agree with the wax seal comments. perhaps if bj is not happy in any way he should go to the bank and pay the money back to constellation !? otherwise, perhaps to bring it back to a football comparison and your cross-manchester rivals, you take the money, you lose control, you deal with it gracefully !

At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a neutral - who, like all neutrals, wanted City to win :-) - I would have to say that Utd had teh best of most of the first half, at least the first 30 mins or so. Think you may have had your City goggles on, Jamie!

At 10:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The commentary team are hopelessly pro-United"



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