I’m a great fan of taking time to get to know wines. Most of the wines featured here on this blog have been drunk, as opposed to those brief sniff and slurp encounters that happen at large tastings – where the palate is often physically fatigued, and where there can be significant carry-over effects from [...]
A lovely spring day here. The cherry blossom outside our house is out, and it’s beautiful.
We took RTL and FFS down to Windsor Great Park, where they had a lot of fun. RTL has found a new lease of life with FFS by her side, and has rediscovered her interest in other dogs. FFS, like [...]
Very impressed by this pair by Villa Maria, one of New Zealand’s most consistent producers.
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2009 Marlborough
Seriously seductive Pinot. Sweet cherry and berry fruit with fresh herb and mineral notes, as well as subtle meatiness. The palate is ripe and sweetly fruited, yet supple and fresh with nice acidity, sour [...]
Yesterday afternoon was fun, with two contrasting winery visits. Scott Burr, my host, arranged two appointments, on a gloriously bright spring day. On the one hand, Kenwood: a relatively large winery in the Sonoma Valley (production – 500 000 cases), and on the other, Benovia, a boutique operation producing 4000 cases.
Both were very good. Pat [...]
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, [...]
A short video of me tasting two Burgundies (shouldn’t really call them Pinot Noirs, should I?) and an Aussie Pinot (Mornington Peninsula) in my incredibly untidy study.
I first met Michelle Richardson a few weeks ago at a dinner at Providores in London. She’s making wines under her own label from a range of New Zealand regions, as well as being a partner in the Waitaki Braids project along with Peter Gordon and Michael McGrath from The Providores, and Stephen Cozens. [Waitaki [...]
This is nice. It’s a Pinot Noir from Gottardi, a grower in the northern Italian region of Alto Adige, which is often referred to by its Austrian name of the Südtirol. I love this style of lighter, more elegant red wine. I always seem to be in the mood to drink it.
Weingut Gottardi Südtiroler Blauburgunder [...]
Last night I finally got to try a pulled pork sandwich. It’s a North Carolina speciality, and it’s delicious, but my portion was big enough for two. I ate it all though. It’s made of shredded barbecued, smoked pork that has previously been rubbed with spices, and then treated with a vinegar sauce after pulling.
Three wines from Burgundy tasted, with some comments on ‘good’ reduction.