Friday for dinner we had lightly dusted plaice fillet, new potatoes, peas and mixed salad accompanied by Mrs M’s favourite
2020 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Selection (New Zealand, Marlborough)
But a step up from the usual Private Bin. Wonderful gooseberry, new mown grass and crisp acidity.
Saturday we had our usual chicken, new pots and home made spicy baked beans. I had problems opening
2007 Fort Ross Pinotage Fort Ross Vineyard ( California, Sonoma Coast)
as the cork split. A Butlers’ Friend didn’t help, some of the cork had fixed its self to the glass; the rest of the cork fell into the wine. I poured it through a small mesh strainer which collected most of the cork so only tiny grains were on the wine in a decanter.
I’d bought the wine from the winery in 2012; the owners said they didn’t release their wine until it was aged and was ready to drink, but on tasting I thought it closed and decided to keep it for a couple more years. Then I forgot about it. So was I too late?
No doubt it would have been good drinking a few year ago, but - boy - this was enjoyable. It had the tremendous sweetness of Pinotage berries and a smooth seriousness of aged wine. We drained the decanter.
(Since we were there, the small Fort Ross-Seaview AVA has been created which Fort Ross winery is now in.)
Sunday Our aperitif was
N.V. Gratien & Meyer The Society’s Saumur Brut (France, Saumur)
Lovely soft fizz; I do think Chenin make excellent sparkling wines.
Dinner was roast pork, roast parsnip & potatoes, steamed carrots, broccoli and cauliflower with home-made Bramley apple sauce and
2017 Chateau Musar Hochar Père & Fils (Lebanon, Bekaa Valley)
Super, very enjoyable. A blend of Cinsaut, Grenache & Cabernet Sauvignon, this had none of the ‘funkiness’ of Ch Musar, instead it was clean and fruity.
an excellent weekend for wine.
(Villa Maria from Majestic, Fort Ross from the winery, other two from TWS)