I realise that this entry should have been in the Weekend chat, but I was a bit slow in posting this. We were fortunate to host a dinner party with friends, this weekend. Here’s the food and wine pairings:
The Society’s Celebration Crémant de Loire 2019 Amuse-Bouche Velouté of Smoked Bacon Appetiser Chorizo, Black Pudding and Goats Cheese Salad
The Society’s Exhibition Pouilly-Fumé 2019 Entrée Slow-Cooked Fillet of Beef Hungarian Goulash Parmentier Potatoes
Contino 936 Rioja Reserva 2016 Cheese Course Accompanied by a selection of biscuits and
The Society’s Full Rich Madeira, 3 years old Austrian Smoked, Roquefort, Roulé, Scottish Mild Cheddar Dessert Cranachan
Royal Tokaji 6 Puttonyons Aszú 2016
The Contino 936 was phenomenal. I decided not to decant, and was glad I hadn’t, as this has become a more delicate oak infused wine, over the last two years. Delicious! Sadly, only two bottles left!
I hope everyone has some wonderful wines to enjoy, this week!
It’s my opinion now that this ready to rock - better slightly chilled I felt, but that’s as much a function of the weather (probably). It will comfortably age - and I’ll be keeping a bottle to do just that - but really, don’t deny yourself the pleasure. This is an excellent wine.
(And, I’ll add, I’m watching the simultaneously bizarre and incredible Rick Astley and Blossoms perform Smith’s songs at Glastonbury. Bizarre, and yet essential, viewing. Can they do it every year? ).
Really strong nose of cedar, earth and dark fruit. Juicy in the mouth, fairly high acidity, moderate tannins.
This is really good, better than other cru bourgeois 2014s I have had recently, such as Sénéjac. If you have any grab your corkscrew.
Hugel Classic Pinot Gris. This is turning out to be a lovely midweek half bottle. I think the trick is to let it open in the glass: pour chilled, let warm for a bit. Pear, honeysuckle, honeycomb, just a hint of lime leaf, some graininess and alcohol warmth. Mid + body, low acidity. Went well with some pork in a creamy sauce.
Glasto - I liked Foos, always think they are a great “festival” band.
Rick Astley solo and with the Blossoms was great. Never gonna give you up was my favourite song as a young lad. That and Poison by Alice Cooper
GnR were awful! Band sound were good but his voice
Thought Blondie were very solid. As was Cat Stevens.
Felt sorry for Lewis Capaldi.
Liked Fred Again. Great atmosphere.
Fell asleep to Elton.
Enjoyed some of the Haro haul ……opened about 75 minutes and although good the last glass was the best, rough edges disappear, oak recedes ever so slightly so it’s not front and centre….delicious with some lamb……
Courteeners and Editors had real energy - I love the indoor stages, they seem to have better atmosphere (I remember The Killers absolutely killing it a few years ago inside on one of the surprise spots).
Lightning Seeds were also a nice blast from the past…
…but I think I’m going to give Rick/Stephen Astley/Morrissey another spin in a minute
Wine is very nice by the way, better with food - Mozzarella and Bruschetta - with clean acidity and a nice mid weight for warmer evenings).
Bought as part of a mixed case a couple of years ago, and did the job of Tuesday quaffing very well. A little bit of spritz, some yellow fruit, light and uncomplicated. And TWS even suggests risotto as a pairing :-). (though that covers a multitude of dishes!)