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Midweek Drinking Thread (15-19 Feb 21)

Enjoyed over the last two evenings with a mildly spicy mixed bean hotpot on both nights. Er, which had to be topped with crushed crisps and cheese to satisfy my addiction to saturated fats…

…from the 2017 vintage. Spicy bramble berry and black cherry fruit on the tightly packed nose. Medium body, bright fruit and a supple texture with similar flavours and some peppery spice on tasting. Light tannins and refreshing acidity brought structure and an all too drinkable balance. It wasn’t particularly complex but I did crave more when the bottle was emptied. Very enjoyable. one of those wines that made me wish the standard bottle size was one litre !


Wonderful stuff! We had food from there delivered a while ago and it was great

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That arneis is delicious! That and the friuli puiatti have really opened my eyes to North Italian whites recently

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Yes, that’s a lovely Ribolla! I’ve got some more coming soon. Have you tried the Hofstätter Pinot Bianco? It’s another winner! Though sold out now, it’s worth keeping an eye for it.

Edit: Ha, ha! I see that @Martyn had it yesterday, and wasn’t blown away… It’s amazing how we all experience wines in such different ways… :grinning:


Not tried any of the Hoffstatter wines yet but they’re on the ever expanding list!

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The issue arose in this thread:

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The funny thing is that it was a perfect food match! Maybe something with more bounce wouldn’t have worked so well overall …

(I did feel very virtuous eating and drinking from the same region of Italy :smiley: )


I’m with you on this - this is a lovely Arneis, I think. Did you get it via the WS or elsewhere, can I ask? I can’t find any anywhere at the moment.

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Enjoyed a glass of this last night with baked salmon. Zingy, rounded with enough acidity to balance things out. Could be drunk as an aperitif or with light foods/salads. Bought quite recently but out of stock now :pensive:


I bought this particular one from the Society, though it’s out of stock now unfortunately. I have a small stash of Arneis at home from various merchants - but agree, it’s not a grape that is easy to come by. I can recommend Independent Wines for their Malvira Arneis, Vincognito (currently only one at stock from the Langhe, rather than Roero), and I think Lay & Wheeler sell some, too. Have also bought some from Vinatis pre-Brexit. Ascheri’s is probably still my favourite :grinning:

Incidentally, I had a couple really good examples from Australia, too! One from Mac Forbes (used to be stocked by the Society), and more recently Adelina Eternal Return, from the Adelaide Hills.


Opened a bottle of Mullineux 2015 syrah from South Africa. This is the standard wine @£22 or so per bottle as opposed to their schist, iron and granite £60+ versions.

This is very very nice, with black fruit on the nose and clear flower scents as well which I very rarely seem to detect in wines. Complex on the palate, medium to full bodied and nice length. I agree with the tasting note on the Mullineux website:

Tasting Note:
This perfumed Syrah has notes of spicy citrus rind, refined black fruit, violets and lilies. The palate is elegant and restrained yet with good body and a silky texture balanced by a fresh, natural acidity. The finish is long with supple tannins. Best served at 16 to 18 °C, this wine will greatly benefit from decanting if drunk within the first 3 to 5 years after bottling.

I am glad I have another 11 of these (bought from an auction) and also 6 of the 2017s (bought from Decantalo). A very nice New World alternative to the Rhone wines! I will be looking to buy more of these from different vintages, very good value for money.


Mike, many thanks for this.

Monday - we finished the beef joint. Unlike every previous ‘Duchy Original’ beef joint from Waitrose this portion was fatty and gristly so we enjoyed the vegetables and wine.
2013 Château Tour St Bonnet ( Bordeaux, Médoc)

Tuesday - our regular penne with aubergine in tomato sauce and mixed salad with no-brainer™
2019 Casa Vinicola Roxan The Wine Society’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Italy, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo)

Wednesday - we visited Ukraine in our Lockdown Tour with Chicken Kiev and
2018 Kolonist Odessky Cherny (Ukraine, Odessa)

Details of that journey’s food and wine on this thread here.

Thursday - Chicken breast strips ‘Pizzaiola’ with

2019 Curto Marco Barbera d’Alba (Italy, Barbera d’Alba)

All wines from TWS except for Odessky Cherny (Odessa Black) which was bought in Odessa.

And so another week whizzes by.



What did you think of the new vintage of the Curto? I really loved last year’s, got a couple of 2019 in my next order

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It’s pizza night in our house, so it’s vigna Corvino Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

It needed half an hour to get going, and then it was all black cherries and redcurrants. It was Just Right for a mid week pizza accompaniment. Stick some Sinatra on the stereo, a red and white check tablecloth and a comically oversized pepper grinder on the table, and life is all right.


To the weekend ahead!
Cheers everyone :wine_glass:


I knew Decanter still had a use! :smiley:


Cheers @Rafa!

I bought a bottle of le Bandite 15 a couple of weeks ago. How is it? Is it ready to drink?

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I got a case delivered about 10 days ago and this is the first bottle.
The nose is a bit shy but after 2h open it is starting to show. Surprisingly smooth and rich, nice acidity, black and red fruits, some spice and drinking fairly well. It will develop with more time but with a good decant or opening the bottle a few hours ahead is pretty good now :slight_smile:


It was originally meant to be a ‘dry’ midweek…but…

it was Mrs C’s birthday on Tuesday so she had a wee Glaswegin

and I Coravined a glass of this with a proper homemade Caesar salad (had some nice anchovies and Little Gem lettuce)

Not the best match…although I can imagine some Provence roses would go well.

There was a pronounced bitterness when drinking with the food. Lovely nose though. The original intention was to keep it, but the closure is some kind of artificial ‘cork’ (TWS say natural cork?) and there was a persistent seep from the one Coravin insertion, so it had to be drunk…tonight we both had it with fajitas, and it was definitely a better match - as the WS description says, it stood up well to the heat of the salsa. Still a bitter taste though but less obtrusive. A gutsy wine which would be a good match for ratatouille and red meats too. Good long finish too.

Other bottles to be saved for summer time I think.