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Weekend drinking thread - 3rd April - 5th April 2020

Well, my mother ran out of white wine a couple of days ago. This is the only wine she drinks, so out of curiosity she opened a red that she had knocking around, to see if it might be okay in these times of compromise. She poured herself “a glass”, took a sip and decided she couldn’t stomach it - not because it was bad per se, but because it was red. She told me the story yesterday, leaving the bottle on my doorstep for us to finish.

Now, if you weren’t sure you’d like something, you might only pour a really really small glass at first, just to see…? :thinking: Let’s just say that the bottle was missing a third when I picked it up yesterday.

Anyhoo, it’s this, which I believe is a Lidl brand:

Yes, checked and the internet says it’s £4.99 from Lidl.

And you know what, it’s not half bad. To this nose, it’s a Mendoza malbec - all blueberries and violets and puppy fat, and I’m always impressed to find a wine for a fiver that actually tastes like it’s meant to, when so often they taste like Anything made by Anyone from Anywhere.

So there we are, fair play Lidl :+1:

And my mum’s online supermarket order arrived this morning, replete with white wine, so it’s a happy ending all round :clinking_glasses:

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Good evening all, some tremendous stuff appearing already. Good riojas and barolos giving me a severe case of FOMO. I hope we’re not peaking too early in the weekend. Tonight, a bruno Sourdais Chinon, 1996 which has finally moved from maybe to yes in my “cellar” forays. Nose is still a little closed but a taste gives me some peppery red fruit and a leafy freshness. No spring chicken but it still has plenty of depth and interest. Just waiting for my pork chops and boulangere potatoes. Cheers.

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The stocks are getting depleted so turning to my previous years En Primeur bottles. Good job I have a few of these left!!!

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Good evening everyone,

Spanish for me this evening as well,

Most enjoyable.

Hope everyone stays safe, healthy and as happy as these strange circumstances allow.

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Pasta puttanesca and the sour cherry character of Lambrusco is pretty much perfect. Lots of acidity and just a hint of bitter tannin at the end.

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My team at work has a virtual happy hour at 4.45 on Fridays, so for the last few hours and a bit I’ve been tasting the Pinot Noir that was scheduled to be the next TWS Taste red.


It’s pleasure in a glass.
Aromatic, juicy, fruity and long. Delicious.

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I’m with you on the vintage but not the origin. I would have joined the tasting last evening with this but it was not compatible with our meal (Chenin Blanc then needed). No browning (not even any orange) at the rim, bags of fruit, good acidity and a long finish. Perfect with some salmon on a bed of creamed Puy lentils anointed with some smoked pancetta.

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Sad to report that an hour and a half after opening this is like sucking twigs. Sweet twigs. Where’s my fruit gone?

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So sorry to hear. I opened my bottle and then we drank it. No decanting.

Wow I do enjoy a Chinon but have never kept one that long!
I currently have a few 2011 from Bourgeil resting but not sure how long they will go?

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I bet that was fabulous!
We dropped in on GC after lunch on a Saturday afternoon in Oct 2018 and they were fabulous, great tasting and left on the terrace sipping …wonderful way to relax on road trip

I’m with @Prufrock fizzy Friday in my house. It was my birthday this week and a lovely friend had this sent to me by Deliveroo

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Happy (belated) birthday, @HBlackburn! :tada:

What a lovely way to celebrate :+1:

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I’m always too late on these. Sorry!

What did u go for @Brocklehurstj

We had this with fish tonight. Halibut with tzatsiki for Mrs C, grilled hake with an infusion of olive oil, garlic, chilli, red peppers anchovy and olives for the boys.

I thought this was quite a lot better than the last bottle, which was a bit ‘wersh’ as we say up here. This was much rounder in flavour and more in line with what I expect from a good Rias Baxias Albarino. Still some left too…

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I love this wine @Tom_R - rarely buy a case of the same wine, but this one made the grade. Though encouraged by a trip to NW Spain last summer.

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Staying with the Spanish theme, pulled what I think is the oldest bottle in my remaining stash to go with a some serious steaks. Opened a couple of hours earlier and absolutely singing. Plenty of oak, but still loads of black fruit and enough acidity to cut through some heavily marbled ex-dairy cow meat. Still got a couple of 2009’s, but on this evidence they might need another few years yet. However, under current conditions this may prove impractical…

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Love the Pazo de Villarei, don’t need to stress how good the value is.

We’ve been drinking tonight so as to align with the Pauillac thread that’s been threading this week.
Wanted to illustrate how keeping a little known claret for a decade or so can make all the difference. Congratulations if you’ve ever heard of the chateau illustrated below, it never seems to get a mention anywhere, and it’s (pretty) cheap. Good example of a property that just goes under the radar even though the product is absolutely fine. Drank this bottle tonight with pasta and a meat sauce - I agree, not the perfect match - but it was entirely agreeable. More to the point, there’s still plenty of life left in it and I could still be drinking it in five year’s time (that’s 2010 for you).

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Should have remembered to show the bottle. Here it is:

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Making the most of local asparagus while we can. Well, we always like too, but this year, it seems extra important to take pleasures where you’re able. I cooked some pan fried bream, with a crab and asparagus fregola risotto, and we drank Kientzler GC Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé Muscat 2014

The bream was a bit small, so was cooked before the skin had time to colour properly, but still tasted good. The wine is just great with both seafood and asparagus. Perhaps a bit cold on first opening, but soon revealed grapes and jasmine on the nose. Fine, light bodied, airy and dry on the palate, but good minty length on the finish. One more 2014 in the cellar, but I’ve got both 2015 and 2016 to come :slight_smile: Bucking the Spanish vibe with Alsace (but then I would, wouldn’t I?)

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