Weekend Drinking 23-25th June 2023

Happy Friday !
This is delicious and it’s all I wanted with my short ribs :yum:


It’s been a loooong week :weary:


All the notes are there but I cant decide if it’s just a bit too oxidised for me or not (I know it’s the style).


A Sicilian red Carignan blend. Not opened a red for a few weeks but wanted something a bit fuller. This is not without a huge nod to Southern Rhône in my mind but perhaps not surprising. Full bodied and quite hot (15%). Dark cherry and plum with more than a hint of liquorice and herb. The winemakers notes suggest myrtle but I’m not even sure I know what that looks like let alone smells/tastes of. Quite a dry finish. Very good a repurchase if I ever come across one again.


I haven’t tried any of the much vaunted wines of Essex yet


This has been discussed before, and the conclusion was: probably faulty.

A great choice and a brilliant winery to visit


Having read online some enthusiasm for the 2015 Cantemerle we pulled out a cork. It could be left a while yet, but is pretty good. The Beaumont is clumsy in comparison.


Two bottles with some age. The 2010 Ampodium was fabulous - everything you would want in a mature Syrah. Detail, power, layers etc. We’ve enjoyed the 2002 Saint Aubin before but this bottle had run out of steam, although still drinkable.


Friday flotsam, finishing off some remnant bottles.

Best of which is the Barolo Roggeri, which I’ve given a 10 min blast in the fridge just to revitalise the nose a little. Sacrilegious I know but just lifts the detail a little if it’s got too warm.

Sometimes the remnants are too far gone oxidatively, but I do like some variety and typically only coravin high end stuff. Perhaps a little too much surplus down the sink tonight though :slight_smile:

Have a good weekend all!


This is an absolute baller. Striking how moreish it is. And a lightweight Fri eve belter at 15% abv.


Mainly decanter envy


Snap! Just finished tonight’s bottle.


I always use it for cooking even after it’s been opened for a week. I try to check if it tastes like wine and then it goes in the pot


Generous, ripe plum fruit. The 15% alcohol unbalances it slightly, which is a shame.


Mystery case pleasure…. Bourgogne Cote-d’Or, Domaine Coche-Bizouard 2018.

Very pale in the glass, powerful nose, more subtle on the palate, and very tasty.

At the buttery end of the spectrum- not a great deal of fruit- and a pleasing herb / green thing on the after taste. Certainly needs drinking in short(ish) order.


Decided to revert to smart conventional fizz tonight.
Terrific yeasty redfruit nose light, elegant but a lovely long gently complex finish. My first time with this wine. Will definitely buy again


This here tonight.

A Saint-Peray ‘Pur Blanc’ 2014, Domaine du Tunnel. Barrel fermented, 100% marsanne from 100 year old vines. Bought as a bin end, back in the day, for £26.

A deep greenish gold colour. A fragrant and floral nose, honeysuckle perhaps, with notes of ripe stone fruit, lemony citrus and oak derived vanilla spice. The same again on tasting with notably fresh acidity, for marsanne at least, to structure and balance the buttery but tangy fruit.The oak input is apparent, but by no means OTT, and provides some spice and toast complexity to the freshly flavoured fruit.

As good a match as it was to my squid and salad starter, sockeye salmon and filled pasta main, it deserved better. Note to self, try harder in future !


I’ve cracked open one of these for this evening - a 2020 Heinrich Spindler 3 Trauben.

This is a blend of pinot blanc, riesling and SB, and really is really rather really good. Lovely aromas and equally enjoyable taste too - quite rich as you’d expect, but enough acidity - just - and freshness to keep it clean & lean[ish]. Nice balance at 12%.

A grand match for some pork katsu / schnitzel seasoned slightly on the sweeter side with ground coriander, onion salt & sweet smoked paprika. Also for some asparagus katsud & fried in the same way but w/o the seasoning.

I’d very happily get more of this in as it’s VGV in my book & would suit a lot of our cooking; but sadly OOS. Ho-hum. Hopefully more will come along one fine day.


Also tried this for the first time this year back in March and thought it wonderful. Favourite rose champagne so far. Have had some decent prices buying from Roberson, also found their service to be excellent.


Domaine Grand Montmiraul Vacqueyras 2019. Not very exciting. Savoury plum, bovril, licorice. Quite savoury with a strange lean undercurrent. Ok with food.