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Weekend drinking thread [5 to 7 July 2019]



Had a bottle of this in sun on the balcony yesterday

Easy and great value. Like most wines I think the settings / surroundings are important and it certainly helps this wine when drunk relaxing on holiday.

Then fish and chips from the local chippy (+ curry sauce) with this

Intense lime, really well balanced acidity, no real sign of development as yet. Thought it was excellent. Got 8 left so interested to track it over its journey.

Tonight it’s barbecued minted lamb leg steaks with cous cous and roasted Mediterranean veg with this


I love that Portuguese fizz! Dangerously drinkable. That reminds me I need to get some more.


Salad in front of the tennis with this very mineral, lively white. Super steely and almost a salty tang to it. Really good example of low intervention wine.


Local butcher had some Soay lamb…so I got a shoulder to slow cook. Quite a dense meat, look at how small and hardy this breed is!
Opened a bottle of my Zalze Chenin Blanc, as I didn’t what to overpower the meat’s subtleties.
Worked a treat. Just wish the weather had performed, as we had to eat indoors, Rain!


Mentors, Mentors, Mentors! I am sure Bordeaux Chateau staff are completely capable of pushing their own product! Please don’t think it’s in your job description to fly their flag. We’re all grown up on here for goodness sake… :wink:


Morrisons are discounting the Zalze Chenin just now.




I’ll bet you enjoy that one! We had a bottle of the 2004 a month ago and it was terrific! “The Cigar” is not far off the same quality and the society lists that one.


Corks willing of course. Actually we have already had the Beaune since I took that photo, and it was lovely!


Dinner was Duck breast with cherries and mint. Lovely with this Californian Pinot Noir…


Not entirely sure about that :grinning:


Yep! :+1::blush: it’s called The Tiger Inn. Been going to it for years - it used to specialise in Thai food way before it was a common sight in pubs. Back to more usual pub food now, but it always has a good atmosphere and a decent wine list.


After a slightly flat Dutruch Grand Poujeaux Moulis, probably due to it’s '13 vintage, it’s good to get validation by following it with a claret that is anything but flat. This time it was Beau-Site Saint-Estèphe 2010:

Absolutely gorgeous! Nose is incredibly powerful, bursting with blackcurrants and, behind the scene, someone sharpening their pencil. The palate is rather more elegant than that exuberant nose; smooth, integrated and beautifully balanced with the pencil shaving more cigar box. At £22.50 this is fantastic value for money, though I think I may have bought it on the tasting 10% discount. Nevertheless this is definitely my best Saint-Estèphe yet with little of that austerity I’ve come to associate with them. I gave it two and a half hours in the decanter.

This is one of the wines I bought immediately after the TWS taste in Brighton last October and has now confirmed itself as my fourth choice in the '18 EP.


This on Friday night with pasta and tomato,mushroom, pancetta and olive sauce.

Finished off with steak last night.

Excellent bottle. The balance seemed better than the last one, with acidity and a little tannic grip balancing the fruit well. It drank very well with both meals. Based on this bottle, it has a few years left in it.

Also opened this from the worldwide foodie whites case.

The 2018. Must be sold out as not listed any more. I opened this mainly for my wife to drink as I’m not a huge fan of most NZ SB. However, I have to say this was a revelation as it was very far removed from the typical NZ offering, more French SB in style, subtle, understated fruit, decent balance, not at all kiwi fruit sharp as many can be. A gentle wine, very enjoyable and only 11.5%.


Clearly before buying Bordeaux 2018 we need to caveat mentor


That is good to know, I have a bottle of the 1998, should drink up most probably…


Bought this one yesterday at Lidl for £7.99 and 25% off as well because I bought more than 6 bottles, 12 actually, but various ones. It is easy drinking, fruity, light bodied. Thanks for the tip @Inbar


We had some our wine group round for a BBQ last night - after an anxious afternoon watching the Met Office radar, thankfully the rain passed over just in time.

My first taste of English red - Dornfelder from Oxfordshire. It was pleasant enough, but it didn’t really convince anyone that England is ready to make red wine yet. To be honest, if you put a blindfold on me, I would have thought that it was white - dry, sufficiently fruity, but nothing out of the ordinary.

The Peter Franus 2012 Red Hills was a Californian Rhône blend, and was more restrained than I expected from the New World. Really quite Rhône-like, enough tannin to work well with the meat without being tough, and some herbs and black pepper to complement the fruit. Interesting to contrast it with the reliable Exhibition Vacqueyras, and neither really lost out in the comparison.

The Zensa Primitivo was rather the opposite - an enormous fruity and chocolatey monster, with little tannin. Quite sweet, and completely in your face. I noticed a distinct taste of very ripe bananas.

We finished up with a couple of lovely sweeties from Alsace with stawberries - Marcel Deiss Huebuhl 2012, and Rolly Gassmann Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim Gewurztraminer 2011. The Rolly was rather lighter and more lifted than the Deiss, which was densely textured with dried fruit, nuts and spices, as opposed to the typically gewurztraminer tropical fruit and pepper of the Altenberg. A good way to end the evening.


I think that might be at the limit of longevity now…


Yesterday was the Colmore Food Festival in Victoria Square, Birmingham. The weather was overcast with a little bit of rain at the end. However we managed to create a degustation lunch with wine provided by Loki Wine. Below is the gallery of dishes and wines.

We differed in wine choice - though we both decided I managed to have the better of the wines. I went for a Turkish Kalecik Karasi while my partner went for a high altitude Argentine Malbec. As part of the final dessert we had our second glass of wine. My partner went for a Prosecco (he’s never purposefully had it before!) while I went for an Innocent Bystander Moscato.

As we enjoyed the Turkish wine so much we popped along to Loki Wines in the Great Western Arcade and bought a bottle. This then became last night’s wine with our meal of duck, kale & couscous. So the wine was a 2017 Kalecik Karasi from the region of Anatolia by Kayra

In the glass this wine has a translucent indigo colour with a clear rim. It has a good amount of slow running legs.

On the nose are primary flavours of fig, raisin, raspberry, red cherry, strawberry jam, tangerine, balsamic vinegar and celery. Secondary flavour are yoghurt and biscuit with the whiff of spent match smokiness bringing in tertiary flavour.

On tasting this wine has good mouthfeel with an initial brown sugar sweetness giving way to a spicy pipe tobacco astringency with strong but not unpleasant tannins. They wine has good body with a mild alcohol burn. It ends on a long flavour of savouriness particularly chicory.

This is an accomplished wine which went very well with the duck and kale accompaniment. For a new wine region and new grape type this wine was a very pleasant find. It has good similarities to a young Pinot Noir and for such diehards this would be a good wine and grape to explore.