Weekday Drinking Thread (17 to 20th July 2023)

Hake in Galician style on the menu this evening, so this was a natural choice:

Capricho Godello , Bierzo 2021

We loved the 2020 vintage - a few bottles of which were consumed last year - so were very happy that the 2021 came on the list.

A delicious and very enjoyable example of the grape (I think there’s 15% of Doña Blanca there too, or at least the 2020 did), the nose is delicately floral, the fruit is a mix of ripe pears, nectarine and tangerine and there’s a whiff of honey too.

On the palate it is broad and generous, but with crisp acidity ensuring there is nothing flabby here. Lovely fruit - red apples and tangerines, with a touch of peach/nectarine, are supported by mellow honey and background white blossom notes. It’s harmonious and incredibly quaffable! :ok_hand:

Next drink in Belgium… :beer:

Looking forward to reading what you’re drinking this week! :slightly_smiling_face:


Well… same as Inbar it is also hake here, in a Pizzaiola sauce.

The wine: an @Inbar suggestion: an Italian Rosato of the most shocking pink/ orange colour. First glass was straight out of the garage & very decent… whilst heading towards a ‘medium dry’ if you ever remember Rose d’Anjou ?

An hour in the fridge helped the freshness, and I’m enjoying the wine. In this instance the off-dry works very well and has the acidity & complexity to round it out. So it’s a very happy Monday from me.



This interesting Chianti, a lovely fruit balance between herbs (sage) and spice , delicious with Monday pasta night.

Vintage 2019
I think this was from a mixed Chianti case offer from last autumn.


Continuing on leave here with a couple of different wines for tasting this evening. Firstly, some Pietralata Sannio Greco, Janare 2022:


Still terrific value (I suspect I’ve said so before), with rounded white stone fruit and good acidity. An absolute steal at the normal price, and I may have to get some more at the reduced price. Enjoyed with roasted red pepper stuffed with lentils.

Followed by this as a nice evening red…

This is a very nice, slightly stewed black fruit wine (blackcurrants, but not too much cassis), with plenty tannin to balance out the ripeness. It’s actually just a very pleasing wine, full and round and unctuous. One that kind of makes me understand what notes mean when they say “plenty of matter” - it sticks around. Lovely, and no rush if you also managed to catch a couple earlier this year (https://www.thewinesociety.com/product/plan-de-dieu-domaine-de-pere-et-fille-paul-jaboulet-aine-2016).

Easy for me to say trialing a one day working week (sadly a non-permanent arrangement), but hope you all have a good one! :slight_smile:


No winery visits today, we transitioned between Wisconsin and Michigan the long way round in order to look at Lake Superior; there’s a lakeside drive between Marquette and Munising, and cross the Mackinac bridge which astrides the inlet connecting Lakes Michigan and Huron - and en route we purchased some roadside Wisconsin sweetcorn (really fresh and sweet…), fresh peas - and a fillet of Great Lakes Whitefish in Munising Lake whitefish - Wikipedia, and were the basis of this evening’s impromptu invention test camper van cuisine (ToH’s turn)

Sadly no Michigan wine yet, that’s tomorrow’s itinerary - so we compromised with this Minnesota Frontenac blanc. This is a very approachable fruity dry wine; no foxiness, majoring in pear, melon, apple skin and just enough acidic bite. Tasted blind I do not think I would have declared it a hybrid.

The Whitefish ? meaty yet delicate - clearly a freshwater fish texture. Skin thin and crispy. Always good to seek out local produce if possible. Along with the lake Trout, and fresh or smoked, it was $11 a pound which - fag packet maths - is about €22 a kilo (??) and therefore about half the price of halibut back home.




We went to the Wine Champions tasting in London last night. (A group of us so no real notes). On the whole I’d have to echo @Inbar 's comments and highlights. Weekday drinking 10-13 July 2023 - #22 by Inbar

It turned out to be a relatively cheap evening - virtually all Mrs C’s favourites were under a tenner! Shame so many wines are oos, but there is the possibility of another order later on.

The Wassmer was my favourite PN - ahead of the Chanson, albeit a different style altogether. Another one I enjoyed was


a real mouthful with a big hit of cassis.

Also the Exhibition Hunter Valley Semillon


which might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but is one I’d like just now and then.


Had my second experience last night with a non vintage, non region Italian blend. I seem to have called it correctly as a blend of Sanguivese and Merlot (both prominent in a non prominent way), and I think a dollop of Barbera as well. Free wine at a conference meal in the UK. Also 11%, so the type of wine that will become cheaper on duty soon.

Very light, pretty much bodyless. There is a tart cherry note at the front (unripe Sangiovese) that is supported with richer ripe plum at the back of the mouth. Low tannins, medium - acidity (it has a tart note but is actually not tart), a hint of residual sweetness and very short aftertaste. No oak. It’s not bad or faulty, but it’s very unremarkable. It could have been worse if they attempted to: oak it, make it more tannic, or sweeten it.


Day 3 of the Menorcan Holiday and therefore, day 3 of my trip into Menorcan wines.

So I’ve broken the routine so far and have opted to go for a vineyard visit to Binifadet vineyards, 10 mins from our hotel. And shamelessly, I forgot to take my pain photo of the Bodega so have stolen the picture of the front from trip advisor.

It was a nice 45 minute tour of the vineyard and bodega. Starting looking at the different plots of land (called Tancas) where different grape varieties are grown in each one. Binifadet is the largest producer on the island of Menorca, accounting for over 50% of produced wines - but does not export. The grape varieties they grow include well known ones such as Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, Garnatxa Blanc and Red, Sauvignon Blanc, Malvasia and Cabernet Sauvignon - and a few others. I was delighted to see a tanca dedicated to Gewürztraminer and although these vines are too young to be used presently, within 2/3 years they are hoping to produce a Gewürztraminer from their land. And also a sweet wine too. Binifadet is also the only producer on Menorca that produces sparkling white/rose and an orange wine!

Anyway, after an interesting tour, it was onto the tasting - accompanied with crackers and local cheese, we tasted 3 of their wines

The Tanca 14 Chardonnay - quite a top of the range for them. As per the Blanc, which I’ll come onto in a bit as I didn’t taste that until later, it was a surprise. It wasn’t immediately clear to me that it was a Chardonnay - mainly due to a savoury saline kick in the taste. The typical flavours of Chardonnay were there, but it almost resembled more of an assyrtiko or a Torrentes.

The second wine was their entry level red - light, fruity, not overly complex, not unlikeable, just a pleasant every day red.

For the 3rd we got a choice - my Father in law opted for the Tanca 13 Rose, which was instantly likeable. 100% merlot and also very refreshing with strawberry and cream tastes on top of the familiar saline notes.

My choice - I did my usual thing and went off-piste. I couldn’t say no to the Pieles Orange Wine. Matured for 12 months in clay amphora, it was very different but very interesting. I reckon this would divide an audience… to me, it was very citrus based with plenty of orange and tangerine and a fair amount of soft fruit - an experience. My Father-In-Law wasn’t sold and didn’t enjoy it. A bottle came home with me - much to my wife’s disdain!

The highlights - there’s a very nice terrace outside that seems kid friendly and does a wine matched menu. I hope to be back for this in the next couple of days!! The tasting was very insightful too and it was great to see how they are working hard to turn this destroyed industry on the Island around.

In the evening, we tried 2 further bottles:

Torrelbenc Rosado - served with a light salad. Very pleasant and enjoyable. Slight acidity matched against the flavours of strawberries and cranberries. My wife very much enjoyed this one with her Sardines. As a non-fish eater, I had a salad with local cheese and enjoyed it a lot as a matching.

We also opened the Binifadet entry level white - Binifadet Blanc. It’s also 100% Chardonnay and had much more typical Chardonnay flavours. I would suggest that it was unoaked. As with their entry level red, it is a pleasant everyday wine. Not special, not dreadful. Perfectly drinkable with a great story.

Tonight… we’re onto the fizz from Binifadet. Let’s see how that goes!



TWS Exhibition Margaux 2016 with steak frites.


The wine is Château Brane-Cantenac - so a 3rd cuvee / white label? and shapes up to be a very decent midweek claret. By no means wishing to damn with faint praise because it is ready to drink, clearly Margaux, and thoroughly enjoyable.

Apparently 73% Cabernet, yet in the glass the Merlot is more noticeable - plums and ripe cherry.


This here tonight ( with sausages, onion gravy, etc ).

A Chenas ‘Quartz’ 2019, Dominique Piron ( made in conjunction with the Lameloise family of Burgundy restaurateurs).

Violets, ripe strawberry and red plum fruit with a hint of graphite on the nose. Similar impressions, plus spice and some autumnal sous bois, on the deeply flavoured palate. Fresh acidity provides lift and balance to the ripe fruit flavours whilst softly ripe tannins provide a smooth and supple texture. A lovely wine for the £15.50 paid.

I’m sure Familie Lameloise would be able to provide something more interesting than my school meal style dinner but it was a good match to the tasty flavours on the plate all the same.

Anyway, back to today’s coverage of Le Tour for me now and to see the conclusion of today’s time trial whilst finishing off the half bottle that remains :crazy_face:


With a Spanish fish dish which translated reasonably well from our trip to :es:, modest refinements for the next go. This white Rioja…

A dry honeyed medium finish and sharp enough for the food. Yum.


Uncle V 2018 tonight

Haven’t tried the lauded 2020 yet. I’m considering taking 3 out of reserves to try side by side. Anyone comparatively tasted yet?

This improving with some air and warming up. Very nice!

Have a good week all!


Not had a 2020 yet but a 2019 I tried a couple of weeks ago was delicious.


A couple of nights away staying at Elmley Nature reserve on the Isle of Sheppey. Odd contrasts - beautiful marshlands in one direction and industrial chimneys in the other. Not glamorous, but the nature reserve feels like something from another time.

A great on site restaurant though and this looked tempting on the wine list: Francois Villard, Les Contours de Depocins Viognier 2019.

Delicious rich heady wine. A touch of spice. Up there with the best Condrieu experiences I have had.

Researching I think this has been stocked by TWS in the part, retail seems to be about £25, which makes restaurant price of £42 a bargain. More reasons than you thought there were to visit Sheppey…


Yes it’s normally available EP. That is quite a good price in a restaurant. The 2019 was £65 for six ib.


That’s a good price for a wine of that quality. Will keep an eye out for it in future EP offers.

I also searched this forum for any previous comments on this… to find that inevitably Taffy had been a fan of this and pushed it at one point.

Agreed. A great drop, particularly for the money. I bought the 2019 EP and had my first bottle a few weeks ago. Fab QPR. A definite repurchase.


Last nights camper van cuisine has entered using up what’s left in the fridge and cupboards territory; just 3 more nights before we drop off the vehicle in Chicago. So - a traditional pasta and tomato sauce with bacon bits, coriander garnish with a salad. Two bottles opened - the two winners from our brief tour of the Petoskey wine region, N Michigan, earlier in the day. As mentioned on the thread https://community.thewinesociety.com/t/what-are-you-going-to-do-today/9398/6510, not all wines were successful but these two, both multi-blends of N Michigan fruit, including Minnesota hybrids, old French hybrids and Viniferas, were delicious.

Boyne Valley’s Alpine blanc 2021 is Vignoles, Pinot Blanc, La Crescent and Gruner Veltiner. Crisp, appley, peppery and a hint of melon and pear.

Petoskey Farm’s Estate blend NV contains Pinot noir, Baco Noir, Frontenac, Marquette, Leon Millot and Marechal Foch. A rich and spicy quaff, only 12%, the acidity well restrained yet appetising. Could have been an Italian taverna house wine.


Trying out the new Cebreros offering by TWS: Garganta del Águila. It’s not really grabbing me. Darker, more balanced and less aromatic than Cebreros’ I’ve previously had. I miss the pale, berry and spice driven business. There is more density here but it doesn’t reflect on the flavours - mainly more of a medium body and medium tannin, with lower acidity than I expected (Cebreros is often Spätburgunder territory). Nose somewhat muted, quite grippy, with more of an earthy element. Missing the powerful Garnacha aromatics, the red fruits, the broad palate and the high, fresh acidity.

I did prefer the Cebreros Peninsula Viticultores that was previously on the list. Fresh, tart, pale, all raspberries and high pitched tannin.

Just adding… disappointingly dark in the glass!


Jaboulet Thalabert 1999, another from one of those mystery mature cases. What a lovely wine, gently fading! Superb nose- has a prominent barnyard, with some fresh herbs, maybe a touch leathery. Quite delicate on tasting, but a lovely umami and acidity; sour cherries and blackberries on the finish, which lasts just a short time. But this has such a lovely balance still, and whilst I’d guess this is fading gracefully, it’s giving a lot of pleasure and character.