Weekend drinking, 12-14th May 2023

Er, how has it got to almost 8pm without someone starting a thread? Come on people!

To go with tonight’s (home made) pizza.

This is the ‘posh’ version of the regular TWS Barbera from Araldica. Quite dark red/purple in the glass. Nose is a big hit of black fruit, black cherry, blackberries, plum. Also quite ‘big’ and extracted on the palate, black fruit again with quite a bit of acidity coming through. Needs some air so into the decanter. Enjoyable in the right circumstances, but not especially subtle.

Unnecessary chunky bottle as well.


Wanted something light… famille Bougrier Pinot noir hit the spot


Haven’t got a picture of the bottle but this is the village…Aloxe Corton which we have been drinking.


If I recall correctly, the Dog Point PN 2010 did not meet universal praise when TWS released it last year but I must say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it over the last couple of nights.

Still plenty of life in it yet and pleased to have a couple more bottles tucked away.


I’m rather enjoying one of these for this evening - a 2022 Rezabal Txacoli, Getariako Txakolina.

Not really an ideal evening weather-wise for such a wine, but where there’s a will etc :~}

I love a good Txacoli, and this is one of the best there is for my tastes - spritzy, fresh & fun. Just a touch of apply-sweetness after it’s open a while / warms up a bit. No salty tapas in sight, sadly; but instead some scallops in XO-sauce. But a rather surprisingly good match in fact.

For any XO-sauce aficionados, it’s a very particular Taiwanese XO-sauce from a very particular hotel in Taichung, made only for Chinese New Year. It is for us by quite some distance the best there is, really rich and scallopy-prawny, and as such is a real indulgent treat. Hauled back recently by wife & sonshine along with KGs of wonderful Taiwanese goodies :~}


Underwhelming. Hint of cider on the nose, sweet then dry, little complexity, no benefits of age apparent. Drinkable but ordinary and very overpriced at £30.


2011 Crespaia Nerognolo Sangiovese blend

Some coffee but primarily stewed dark fruits and poached pear and plum on the nose

On the palate, dense fruit, balanced to fair acidity and integrated tannins. Some meat and menthol in that finish. I think in its youth it may have been a bit full on. Will last for a few more years at least but I think at a decent spot now, or even better get a time travel machine and drink 2-3 years ago

Enjoy the weekend and remember back to work Monday, not Tuesday :slight_smile:


@crocos - scallops with XO sauce :yum: I do find that XO sauce should hardly be cooked - do you add it right at the end, or eat it as a condiment?

This evening I cooked pan-fried sea bass fillet on shaved asparagus tagliatelle, with burrata, and a mint, hazelnut and grapefruit pesto. We drank Bruno Sorg, Muscat GC Pfersigberg, 2017.

About as good as Alsace muscat gets, and really on song by itself, and with the food. Always a match for asparagus, and the mint on the finish picked out the mint in the sauce. Dry, full, fragrant and structured.

Hope everyone has a good weekend. Only two days, what’s all that about???


I concur although the wine is delicious


We tend to add it towards the end with scallops, yes. Good to get that slight crisp on the scallops first etc. On occasion though, a real comfort food for me is scrambled eggs with some XO-sauce, in which case the sauce does tend to go in first, especially if I’m fancying a bit of crispy gorgeousness among the creamy eggs. Great as a condiment too of course. A desert island source for us!

Have you ever tried to make the sauce yourself? We haven’t, but a good friend of mine in the high-end restaurant trade did one time; pretty good, but not quite XO-sauce as we know it; lacked that depth and umami-tsunami.


Scrambled eggs with XO sauce? Definitely going to have to try that. Sounds delicious.

I’ve never thought of trying to make my own - it seems like something that’s definitely best left to the experts!


Agreed. It took 2-3 hrs, but it eventually settled down and developed the sort of complexity and depth that I’d hoped for. Smooth with a bit of spice and good length. I’ll open the next one earlier.


A favourite dish of mine is that Greek [Αυγά με Ντομάτα] / Turkish [Shakshouka] dish of eggs with tomatoes; the one where you slow cook the toms to a rich sauce [sometimes I add some serrano ham too] and then add eggs to slow-scramble-cook in the toms etc. I cook that quite often, and it was when doing this one day that I found my mind wondering how the same broad approach, albeit with a much much smaller lot of XO-sauce of course, might work. To my tastes, very well indeed!

I’ve sometimes wondered too how quail eggs might work with XO-sauce, but not yet got round to giving it a go.


Two very tasty wines.

Exhibition Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay, 2021. Needs no introduction. VGV for £13.50, exceptional for the £11.50 paid at launch. Not a burgundy substitute, it’s too in your face for that. But a lovely mouthful.

Then with a rather unseasonal beef stew and dumplings, Ferraton Patou Cornas 2016. A cut above. Thought this might be too young but Cellartracker and others said no and they were right. A N Rhone that, were it not for the beautiful nose, I would have guessed was Grenache rather than Syrah. Rich, sweet/fruity, meaty, full.


Could it have been a bad bottle?

I haven’t had this wine but it gets a lot of praise and I will be tempted when the next vintage appears.

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I’ve only had the one bottle of this one so far, but certainly did enjoy it.

I would say I don’t think it’s quite up to what the 2007 was, and as such is probably not the best VFM wine out there.

No cideriness in my one though and more complex than most rosés, so perhaps a dodgy bottle? Or some bottle variation maybe?


The cider note was faint but two people picked it up. No indication the bottle was faulty. My friend, tasting blind, thought it ordinary and I expected more, given the price, age and maker.


Without a direct comparison it would probably be hard to spot from colour in a rosé, but the cider nose and subdued flavour and aroma could both be signs of oxidation and one of those faults which can be quite subtle.

At long last the sun is out, I got the garden furniture out of the shed and the BBQ is lit waiting for sardines! Here’s the Tío Pepe en Rama 2023. Nicely saline with some nutry complexity and orange and citrus rind. I think maybe a little bit more restrained and less citrus fruited overall than 2022 but super classy.


We were given this bottle…which retails in Asda at £15.95. It is actually quite good. 11.5% 5 years in cellar ageing. Good yeasty and fruit aromas on nose bit light but well balanced and not bad on the finish. The mousse is v fine