jamie goode's wine blog

Sunday, January 29, 2006

For the first time since I was a child, I made bread yesterday. When I've travelled in Europe I've enjoyed good bread, but my impression is that it's actually hard to get it in the UK [ although I confess to not having searched beyond the supermarkets and high street bakers]. So I guess one solution is to make it yourself. My first effort wasn't overly ambitious, but it worked, and it tasted like real bread. It was satisfying to make, and satisfying to eat. Now if I could get hold of some really good flour, I guess I could make some really exciting stuff. I'm sure some readers have expertise here, so I'd be delighted to hear from you.

A couple of mediocre wines last night. The truth is, most wine is dull; in tasting through samples it's relatively rare to open a bottle that thrills. The Spier Inspire Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 would get you drunk, and it wouldn't make you gag, but I found the typically South African green streak under the sweet blackcurrant fruit really tiresome. A Portuguese sample I was sent, the 2004 Vale das Areias from Estremadura, had a sweet open berry fruit nose together with a sort of casky character that made it smell a bit like a tawny Port. The palate was all grippy, drying tannins and there was a bit of greenness along with the sweet fruit. I didn't fancy it at all. I suspect both wines had some underripeness in them, which wasn't masked by the sweetness that came from the fruit that genuinely was physiologically ripe.


At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Green streaks in Cape red wine Jamie? never detected this myself,but then I always cut the fat off pork!!!

At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Cam Haskell said...

Re: Flour - Valvona and Crolla can furnish you with all sorts of decent flour, for bread or pasta making (which is equally satisfying). I've bought fresh yeast there too.

At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Kimberly said...

As I was in the Capeland last month, I was hoping that you would post some of your South African notes from your trip last year before my trip, but ... oh well. But I have to agree with you on your comments of the Spier. Also, noticed when we were at Vergelegen that you signed their guest book and I am beginning to wonder once again what you thought of their wines and of course all the other South African wines you tried on your trip. Any chance of seeing any tasting notes in the near future?

At 6:07 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Cam, thanks for the tip, appreciated

OK, I shall start writing the SA trip up as soon as possible - be interested to know what you thought, too.

At 1:03 PM, Anonymous keith prothero said...

I think the word"typically" referring to green streaks in Cape red wine is very unfair Jamie.
If you drink a very youthful and relatively "second rate" product such as the Spier 2004 Cab,then it may be possible to detect herbal notes.However,I have detected the same on many Californian,French and Aussie cabs of similar age and quality.
I would be interested to learn what you thought of the classy cabs you must have tasted on your trip,such as Verg,Peter Barlow,Jordan,Thelema etc etc

At 4:15 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Keith, your point is well taken. It's a discussion worthy of a separate blog entry, perhaps some time in the next few days.

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