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Weekend drinks thread April 29 - May2nd

Thought I would kick this off as we enjoyed an outdoor lunch in the seasonal sunshine. Anyone tried skate cheeks before?

Well breadcrumbed , shallow fry with chilli and garlic absolutely delicious with this simple but refreshing rosé, from last summer.

Just finished as a sundowner….

Happy bank holiday folks


Never had a skate cheek. I like skate wings though so sure I would enjoy. From a specialist fishmonger? Are they next door to the cod loins​:wink::slightly_smiling_face:

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Shaftesbury fish van on a Thursday which is all from Brixham. Fabulous selection if you’re headed this way at all.

Bit off topic but hey ho…


I had and I prepared in a very similar way!
Tasty stuff!
In Portugal cod cheeks is a delicacy and I love them


My good friend and neighbour is off to Burgundy for a month so I served this at our usual Friday blind tasting.

He didn’t recognise the grape/region nor is the grower mentioned in Inside Burgundy, the magnum opus for the region. However this is interesting information

2014 Voegeli GC. Quite sour with some cherry fruit underneath. Drinkable but not a wine to relish.


No intro needed. Excellent value at £20 and a great wine with red meat. Barnsley chops for dinner with chips in beef drip


Pan-fried brill fillet this evening, served with Cambridgeshire asparagus, mange tout, Cornish new potatoes and a sauce maltaise made with Seville and blood oranges. We drank Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett, 2018.


Our first bottle from the Dönnhoff Off-Dry Case bought EP, and just lovely. Taut, fresh, ripe pink grapefruit and nectarine balanced by a thwack of acidity that leaves it completely clean. I’m sure that the other bottle could be left for years, but I’m equally sure that it’s not going to be :yum:

What an excellent way to start a long weekend!


Used to be sold by Tom Innes at http://www.pinotnoir.co.uk/. I’m fairly sure that the Domaine was mentioned during Tom’s write ups of buying trips to France, albeit the write ups dont appear on the web site anymore. The vintages i tried mid 2000s were decent but i dont think its been sold there for a while perhaps because of qualiy issues you suggest?


We think it came from a sale at Fingal Rock.

No longer listed but Voegeli is mentioned in some of the site blogs.

edit: sorry, just realised I linked to the same website as you and repeated your information.

After recently purchasing a campervan, I’m holding out for a big purchase from the Wine Society, next month. Meanwhile, I’ve been wine shopping in Lidl. I enjoyed their Crémant de Loire and Beaujolais Villages, last night, with chicken, bacon and leek pie. Fabulous!

Now away to pack the campervan (complete with wine fridge) for an overnight at Loch Lomond. Have a great weekend, everyone!


As reported in the weekday thread we opened the first of 6
St Jo Cuminaille 2015 last night.

The wine was superb with pork fillet wrapped in Parma ham, spinach and porcini mushrooms. The four hour decant did the job nicely. Still in its youth so dark red with no noticeable ageing around the rim. Bouquet of pepper and black fruits. In the mouth more of the same, with good but not bracing acidity and with a lovely elegant mouthfeel to it. No rush but can be enjoyed now.


Tried the second bottle of the Blind Spot Dolcetto last night with a chicken salad. Enjoyable, easy drinking red with lots of black cherry.

Medium red centre, light red rim with violet hue. Medium nose. Cherry. Blackberry. Raspberry and strawberry. Notes of vanilla. Medium palate. Fresh acidity. Soft tannins. Quite ‘grippy’. Sweet, sappy fruit. Cherry. Red currant. Bramble. Shortish finish.


Last night’s supper of home made new season “deluxe” cauliflower cheese and baked (last season’s…!) potato was an excuse to open this Côtes de Beaune Jean-Marc Vincent, Auxey-Duresses Les Hautés 2015
I think I must have got it a few years ago in a TWS mixed white Burgundy 2015 case.
Very nice - acidity toned down some mature hints of tropical fruits, jasmine and citrous and all wrapped up in the tell-tale oaking. I actually preferred it (slightly) to a Kumeu River estate chardy I had recently, but that was a 2018 and at a lower price point than this.

Just as an aside - help me out here anyone - when searching on TWS website for this wine there are no results (yes it’s OOS now) but doing a Google (well, Duck Duck actually) search, it comes up and links to the listing on TWS. It would be really helpful if it was possible to search directly on TWS for archived listings as many of my TWS purchases don’t get consumed for years and often when they are no longer listed.


I think you can see the old listings of wines you’ve bought on My Wines.


Roger that, thanks. It works; though the search leads to the original mixed 6 case from which you then need to manually search for the particular wine. But good to know this function which had hitherto escaped my notice.


Something different this weekend. A Portugieser from a mixed case I recently got from Howard Ripley.

The 2019 Mertz Steinalt from Rheinhessen, is very good. My memories of this grape are not great… a usual suspect for off dry red back in the days in Hungary. This is completely different. Sappy with the slightest of fizz that quickly dissipated. Not in your face, but still plenty of flavour. Very easy to drink.


Enjoying a Spanish themed dinner at Loch Lomond Sailing Club. The weather has been miserable but still managed a wee sail. Opening one of my favourite Ribera del Dueros.

¡Salud , dinero y amor!



Sadly, after 43 days, I am still stuck in the Netherlands supporting a 17yo Ukrainian refugee, waiting for our world-beating Home Office to grant a visum to the boy. I miss my wife and I miss my wine. No tasting notes from the supermarket wines I am drinking, pretty dire…


Revolting, but sadly entirely unsurprising. My thoughts are with you all :frowning:

Other than making a considered vote on Thursday, is there anything we can do?


I will post in this thread, as I don’t want the weekend thread being distracted.