September, 2010 browsing by month


Conan the Barbera – Barbera D’Asti 2007

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Vintage: 2007
Type: Barbera d’Asti
Country: Italy – Piedmont

I purchased this wine after reading a good review of it a couple of months ago. The label, especially the back was quite humorous and jolly — typically a warning for a mediocre bottle. Of course this wasn’t the case.

I decanted the wine around midday and at the time it was closed up tight, so I left it to rest until the evening. One thing to note is that the cork on the bottle was very serious (which is great as this wine will benefit from laying down for a number of years).

In the evening, I poured a glass and began to explore. The colour was incredibly dark, almost opaque. On the nose it was full of berries with a bit of earth on the side. On the tongue it is a true pleasure of tannic acidity (your mouth waters as you taste) filled with vivid fruit flavours. It’s full bodied and serious, so it may not be to everyone’s palette.

Given the acidity and the quality of the bottling, this wine will happily sit for many years. You can find the wine here:

Bodegas Luis Carides Vino de Mesa Tinto Posada del Rey NV

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Tempranillo
Country: Spain

Decent red from Spain. Light on the tongue with nice flavours of berries. Doesn’t have the complexity of a proper Rioja, but a nice bottle that is quite decent value for money.

Blog Wordle

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Hi,  for a laugh I did a wordle on the blog:


I took out some of the “set” words like vintage, country and type.

If you want one of your own, check out

Duszi Tamas Szekszárd 2004

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Vintage: 2004
Type: Cabernet Franc
Country: Hungary – Szekszárd

We picked up this wine in Hungary during a wine festival in Budapest.  It has a very strong flavour, as most straight Cabernet Francs do, with quite a bit of tannin to sift through to start.  Once it has breathed for a while, great flavours of berries and earth start to flow through and the wine mellows out with a nice relaxing finish.  Quite nice, but stay away if you don’t like your Franc!

Los Pecadillos Campo de Borja Pereza – Sloth Old Vine Garnacha 2008

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Vintage: 2008
Type: Rose – Old Vine Garnacha
Country: Spain

This was an easy-drinking Rose that my husband picked up on a colleague’s recommendation.

The nose is full of aromas of strawberry and other berry fruits. I think I paired this with an oriental stir fried vegetables and seared salmon fillets. A good companion to a summer evening meal.

Domäne Wachau Grüner Veltliner 2009

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Vintage: 2009
Type: Grüner Veltliner
Country: Austria

This is a bottle we picked up from Waitrose because I was having a craving for Austrian wine. This wine is both peppery and zingy, as Gruener Veltliners should be. There are aromas of apple / pear and the taste is well-balanced.

This wine would go well with a refreshing salad and a slightly spiced seafood stir fry.

Note that this wine was chosen to accompany Wiener Schnitzel on BBC Breakfast, which aired on 11 June 2011. The chefs  described it as “buttery and acidic”.


Salice Salentino Il Tauro Riserva 2005

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Vintage: 2005
Type: Negroamaro
Country: Italy – Puglia

This wine had a great deep red colour with slight fading at the edge.  Smells of oak on the nose with great berry flavours and a long smoky finish.  Drinking well at the moment.

Cedar Creek Pinot Noir Platinum Reserve 2006

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Vintage: 2006
Type: Pinot Noir
Country: Canada-Okanagan Valley

Pungent when opened but opens beautifully after an hour or so. The colour is bright and slightly transparent (not unusual for a 2006!). This wine bursts with dark berry flavours and makes the mouth water. Although on the sweet side, this wine leave a tannic after-taste on the tongue.