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Weekend Drinking Thread [10 to 12 Aug]



Looking outside, the good old (real) British summer is back! but mustn’t grumble - it’s been an amazing summer this far, and if one can trust the BBC (one doesn’t anymore) - the sun should show its face again soon. So! what will you be drinking this evening, regardless of the weather?

For us, it’ll be this beauty:

I say ‘beauty’ only because I love the variety, but haven’t actually tried this particular wine. So looking forward to it! Thinking of cooking some wild boar Massaman curry with it, as got some left over boar from a roast we had a couple weeks back. The light and creamy curry should - hopefully- work OK with the wine. And even if not - this is the wine I desire tonight, so it’ll just have to work! :blush:

Happy Friday, all! :star_struck: :sun_behind_rain_cloud:


For me it will be:

A garnacha Rioja seems a little unusual to me but we’ll see…


We’re supposed to be having some friends over for a barbecue tomorrow - it is really not looking like barbecue weather today but they tell me it’ll be a bit nicer in the morning. We’ll see! Anyway, if the sun shines on us then we’ll probably open one or several of the following:


Heading to a friends for dinner tonight, taking a couple of recent purchases to share around


Te Kairanga Martinborough Runholder Pinot Noir

Also a Muscat Beaumes de Venise picked up from a visit to Domaine Beavalcinte
when I started taking wine a bit more seriously a few years ago


Will be interested to hear you view on the Runholder - I bought a couple of cases in the same offer.


Picked up some of this on my way home last night. With Spaghetti Bolognese on the menu tonight it seems a perfect opportunity to try it.


I’m going to pop to Costco to see if I can pick up a few bottles of this Assyrtiko.

I had a glass of this over dinner this week at J Sheekey and it was lovely. Looking forward to having more than one glass.



Some lovely wines being drunk this weekend from the looks of it!

We’re going to try a baby Barbaresco from Rizzi this eve. Nebbiolo usually does the job for me…


On day 2 of the Rubicon which is a beauty and the Duracell of left bank blends - half a bottle shows absolutely no ill effects of a night in the fridge and is still as robust as last night, and so long with an evolving complexity. Very glad to have gone for the '15 on EP - it is more muscular than comparable Bordeaux but also so much more accessible young but still with the weight to age. Hugely impressed.


Me too. It seemed like a good price for what should be a belter of a Bordeaux blend.


This tonight to kick off the holidays after a 3 hour delay at Heathrow. Goes down all too well.


I thought I’d give this a go today. I bought 4 bottles last week at a reduced price in a Society special offer. Extremely enjoyable. It is a bit more full-bodied than I expected and has a great deal of character.


The Roero Arneis was, indeed, a beauty! If you’re in search of an interesting and a slightly different white- I highly recommend it. The husband issued a wolf-like howl at the first glass. I think it’s a good sign.
Lovely nose- Floral (white blossom?), Danish pastry (or was it a combination of pastry + apricot?), peach, honey cream with some unidentifiable herbs. The palate, too, was lovely- creamy texture, rich without being cloying, with notes of apricot and honey. Lively orange pith finish, which really lifted it. It complemented our curry so well, but could have just drunk it on its own it was so delectable! Three cheers to the producers and buyer! :heart_eyes::+1::+1:
That’s it until Provence now…


Indeed - I loved that wine too when we bought a previous vintage a while ago. Thanks for the reminder, must go back for the 2017!


@szaki1974 I’m sorry you were delayed at Heathrow :slightly_frowning_face: hope you have a great holiday

@tbennett54 what year is that? Sounds good…


It’s the 2016.


I just realised from the picture and my description that it isn’t obvious that this is a Bordeaux Blanc.


Had this last night…still had some fruit and had developed a certain smokiness and earthiness. Probably not much longer left for it, but actually continued to become more expressive over dinner:


We are having the 2005 of this tonight. Should be past it’s best according to TWS drinking window but we enjoyed the last one earlier in the year.


I’m in York for the weekend… Highly recommend it if you get a chance! We went to a place called Spark which is a pop up complex with a cool little wine bar!!! Lovely Côte du Rhône and Halloumi fries :heart_eyes: