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Wine Wednesday [25 April 2018]

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#1

Come on then, what are you all opening tonight?! :smile:

We’re having pesto pasta so I’m probably going to grab a bottle of this from the Showroom:


Thirsty Thursday 26th April 2018
#2

Ooh very nice.

Tonight is salmon fishcake for me and a cremant, Chablis or Sancerre would probably be the perfect match.

However, I probably won’t open anything until after dinner as it’s looking to be (w)rum Wednesday for me, I’ve got a new bottle of rum arriving that I tried many years ago and want to try again to see if it lives up to fond memories.


#3

We’re having … sausages!

This particular Portuguese bargain is a beaut with bangers & mash.


#4

Our blind-tasting wine Wednesday took place on Tuesday this week. The theme was Spain/Portugal.

We had:

  1. A Xarel.lo whose producer I forget (predictably very baked apples)

http://www.decanter.com/wine-reviews/spain/pais-vasco/maetierra-txakoli-de-alava-atlantis-pais-vasco-2015-10719

Really enjoyed this - incredibly long finish. Not super complex on the palate but very food friendly.

The fleshiness of this gave it away as a Portuguese rather than Rias Baixas Alv/barin(h)o. The typical stone fruit plus lots of pineapple. Very nice as an aperitif, but not much of the spritziness that I normally like with VV.

Textbook Mencia on the nose. Lovely. Palate was a bit too chocolatey for me but still enjoyable.

Really nice, though obviously very young. Tannins are still quite rough, and it doesn’t smell quite like an old man’s library yet.

I took this for lack of anything else to hand. Still very closed, despite an eight hour decant. Alcohol bomb.

Edit: I just re-tried this, and it’s nicer than I remember. Brambles and bitter almond on the nose then lots of red fruit and minerality on the palate. Nice acidity.


#5

I had put my last bottle of the Mori Ezerjo in the fridge, a fatal mistake for the plan I had last week. Opened it yesterday without thinking, we had it with smoked mackerel, new potatoes and red cabbage coleslaw (inspired in part by @szaki1974’s meal last week). Delicious! We’ll be finishing the wine tonight probably before dinner, but maybe with an aubergine Thai red curry I’ve got planned.


#6

I’m wondering when this will be back in stock…:thinking:


#7

My weekend was heavy with wine and cocktails so I’m saving myself for #thirstythursday instead. I’ll likely start a thread at 6am tomorrow…:joy::joy:


#8

No drinking for us until Saturday now- but we did drink yesterday in one of our favourite Lewes pubs. I had a very pleasant German Pinto Noir from Villa Wolf. Not sophisticated, and not a particularly long finish- but lovely aroma, good red fruit (especially strawberry and raspberry) on the palate, and went well with the steak. Hubby stuck to a Sussex Ale, as is his way :smiley:


#9

Have just checked the system - answer is “not yet”. Sorry!


#10

I was making pan fried pork chops yesterday and an Austrian Zweigelt got opened to support the process. It was light, fruity and very satisfying… so much so I had to put it out of reach and so it lived to see Wine Wednesday.


#11

And it’s a very well deserved glass of this, if I may say so:

Incidentally, is 67 reviews a record for one vintage of one wine?


#12

I’ve opened the DFJ Vinhos Gran D’Arte Alicante Bouschet, Estremadura 2006 - lovely and an inexpensive mid-week treat at £7.50!


#13

Trying the new claret from Waitrose. Handy little Waitrose half bottle…not too bad


#14

Still trying to kid myself that the sun is out and winter hasn’t returned

Surprisingly good with fish and chips of all things!


#15


This did not last too long with our tuna and caponata pasta.
I was transported to a Trulli house near Alberobello, well, for an hour or so.


#16

Well this food and wine match (vermentino and pesto pasta) is a TRIUMPH! :heart_eyes::heart_eyes::heart_eyes: It really made the broccoli sing, and the wine is a fragrant, super-drinkable delight!


#17

I shall have to give it a go, @laura! Vermentino (specifically Vermentino di Gallura) was the wine that cemented my love affair with wine. It was the first time I realised that drinking wine mindfully was a completely different experience to simply sipping it whilst thinking about next week’s shopping. The gorgeous Sardinian coastal landscape sure helped too! :wink:


#18

Oh gosh @Inbar I’d love to drink it “in situ” in Italy!! I bet it’s magical. :heart_eyes: Now I feel the need to book a trip…


#19

Costa Smeralda is the place to be! a bottle of Vermentino and the sunset :ok_hand::blush:


#20


Cracked this with duck breast, plums, asparagus and rosti’s. A real mid week treat!!:yum: