Monday - The Grumpy Old Men met for dinner at Moor Mill Beefeater. This is an old water-mill, and next to the bar the mill wheel still turns powered by the mill stream running below.
It is also a chain restaurant, and Camp Viejo Rioja is on the drinks menu, as it seems to be in all chain restaurants no matter which company owns them. It’s also in all supermarkets, and according to Campo Viejo’s website, they are the largest selling Rioja brand. It’s bottled at the winery, and thus I tend to buy it in such restaurants rather then their fancifully and exclusive own labelled bulk-shipped wines.
2019 Campo Viejo Tempranillo Rioja (Spain, La Rioja, Rioja)
This is 100% Tempranillo, and although it’s seen some oak, it hasn’t been in barrel for the minimum year Crianzas require, so it has a DOC Green seal. There’s bright red cherries on the palate, a twist of strawberry acidity underpinned by tannin. Just ideal with steak!
Tuesday Our weekly pasta dish - Mrs M’s favourite crispy slices of aubergine in tomato & basil sauce and penne with a mixed salad and no-brainer™
2019 Casa Vinicola Roxan The Wine Society’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Italy, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo)
Regretfully our last bottle, after consuming 5 cases - 60 bottles - that was the last of the 2019 vintage and we are in the most unusual situation of not having any TWS Montepulciano in the house for the first time I can remember.
Wednesday - Ding dong at 08:00 and there is TWS at the front door with a case of 2020 TWS Montepulciano, plus another two boxes of wines I hoped would be delivered later that morning while Mrs M was out playing bridge and thus I could smuggle in un-noticed.
In the afternoon I made dough, again using a bit too much water for 00 flour, and after rising and being knocked down, I used to make pizzas, with which we had
2021 Definition for Majestic Chenin Blanc (South Africa, Stellenbosch)
Made by the same people - masters of Chenin De Morgenzon - this was like the previous 2021 I had in December; good but didn’t have the ‘wow’ factor of previous vintages.
Thursday I made a mixed vegetable curry which we had with boiled rice and
2020 Stellenrust Pinotage Tesco Finest (South Africa, Stellenbosch)
Quite pale, seeming quite light bodied, yet 14% abv, a bit of a sleeper becoming more and more attractive over the course of a meal. Bottled at the winery - thankfully not a bulk shipped wine. It just went down leaving us surprised by the empty bottle.
(Campo Viejo from Beefeater, Montepulciano from TWS, Chenin from Majestic, Stellenrust from Tesco.)