July 9, 2009
I am really into many of the wines Flat Rock produces, their pinot noirs have panache! Tonight I was hunting for a white wine with charisma and flare. Riesling is one of my all time farvourite white wines, I am hoping that Marlize and the team will not late my palate down! Nadja's Vineyard is a small block in front of the winery, that tends to get more winds and stay cooler, so I'm expecting some ripping acidity.
July 1, 2009
I had steak marinading to put on the bbq this afternoon, a tasty combination of Worcestershire, soy, olive oil, crushed peppercorns, whole grain dijon, brown sugar and Dr. Pepper. I decided this would be a great opportunity to try pairing steak with pink wine from the Rhone.
April 2, 2009
I must have been italian in a past life. Fast cars, beautiful women, rich hearty food and beautiful wines with naturally high acidity and tannins. Barbera and Nebbiolo are my all time favourites. Barbera d’Alba comes from Piedmont, the Alba region. To carry the Barbera d’Alba DOC label, the wine must be 100% Barbera. PAOLO […]
March 20, 2009
I haven't spent enough time with Malbec. Everytime I open a bottle I'm surprised by how much I enjoy it. Malbec is found in Bordeaux blends, southwest France, and is becoming extremely well known as a notable variety in Argentina.
March 12, 2009
I am in love with this wine. It feels wrong to say that - this is definitely a masculine wine. He's suave and refined, layered, complex and elegant, but he's manly. Flavours are there firm, bold and unapologetic. It's a good thing too, there is nothing to apologize for.
March 6, 2009
Without fail, this is the varietal that gets the most knowing smiles when I talk to sommeliers, restauranteurs and other wine connoisseurs. The conversation usually ends with a wink and a smile, finger pressed to lips. They don't want the secret to get out - aromatics, complex flavour profiles, lengthy beautiful finishes AND built to age, all for under 20 bucks? It's one of wine's best kept secrets.
March 1, 2009
You'll read tasting notes that call tannins round, angular, bitter, green, young, ripe, sweet, soft.. pick an adjective I'm sure it has been stuck in front of the word tannin in a tasting note somewhere. Ok, well "polka-dottted" probably hasn't been used, but there are a lot of marketing folk out there hungry to sell more wines, it's only a matter of time. So what are tannins really and what does it have to do with wine?