A good lunch with some nice wines

Very enjoyable family lunch today at my sister’s place in Gerrards Cross. A four siblings plus their families and my parents were gathered. Some nice wines were opened. I didn’t take proper notes this time, but here are my brief impressions.

First some fizz. Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is a very fruit-driven Champagne with lovely depth [...]

FFS update!

The FFS (fat furry slug) is now 23 days old, and she’s getting more active. Yesterday we moved her to new accommodation in the kitchen, with a pen that incorporates her original nest.

Here’s a picture of her with RTL. We’ve also started feeding her a bit of solid food. She will be approaching the stage [...]

So, is wine tasting subjective or objective?

I’m reading a new book on the philosophy of wine. It’s titled ‘The philosophy of wine: a case of truth, beauty and intoxication’, and it’s written by Cain Todd, a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Lancaster.

I’m not far enough through it to give my full review, but early on Todd spots an interesting [...]

Four videos from the Douro

Just posted four more videos from the Douro. It’s part of a big write up on a visit to the Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman group (includes the Port houses Fonseca, Taylor’s, Croft and Delaforce).

The Douro valley viewed from the River:

Treading grapes at Quinta de Vargellas:

Croft’s Quinta do [...]

Wines with Christmas lunch

Just the four of us for Christmas lunch this year. It was delayed: poor behaviour (don’t even ask!) meant that both boys were sent to their rooms, but then they got the message and, after this delay, we managed to eat together. Just two drinking, so it restricted the number of wines. Still, I’m curious, [...]

Christmas eve with fizz

So, Christmas is here. The preparations have been eventful.

The fat furry slug (FFS) had a bent foot. FFS was trying to walk, and doing quite well, but the front paw was clawed inwards. Trip to vet followed, with an X ray (££) and consultation (£). It turns out like FFS is OK-ish, but we need [...]

Graillot Crozes-Hermitage 2008 - beautiful

This is brilliant, and it doesn’t cost a fortune. It has edges – plenty of them – and so it won’t be for everyone. But I really, really like it. It’s an almost Burgundian expression of Syrah.

Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage 2008 Northern Rhone
12.5% alcohol. Beautifully aromatic: cherries, raspberries, herbs, pepper, spice and some sappiness. The palate [...]

Great video: disgorging sparkling shiraz

Really like this video from Teusner in Australia’s Barossa Valley. It shows the process of disgorging sparkling Shiraz – but this is the same process used for many sparkling wines and Champagnes. The fact that it’s done by hand here is quite fun. The objective is to freeze the plug of yeast cells from the [...]

Recently on the main wineanorak site...

Lots of updates to the main wineanorak.com site in the last few weeks. In case you are a blog-only reader, I thought I’d draw your attention to them:

Vin de Constance: a vertical of Klein Constantia’s famous dessert wine
Constructing reality: some thoughts on the nature of perception, and how this applies to [...]

Montana/Brancott: what are they doing with this brand?

Popped in to Asda today, and saw the Brancott Estate/Montana Estate Sauvignon Blanc at half price, just £4.24.

Montana Sauvignon Blanc was one of the strongest wine brands. It was the archetypal Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and in my time I have drunk quite a bit of it.

But Pernod Ricard decided they wanted to have a uniform [...]