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Joseph Gruss & Fils Pinot Gris Pfersigberg Grand Cru 2008

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Vintage: 2008
Type: Pinot Gris
Country: France – Alsace – Eguisheim (Pfersigberg)

Did you know that the name for this particular wine comes from the German word for peach?

Inhale the scent deeply and you will sense floral hints. There is good balance here between sweetness and acidity. You’ll note some honey and citrus notes. This is a very nice Pinot Gris overall.

Fine for drinking on its own on a warm day or with aromatic oriental curries.

Freie Weingärtner Wachau / Domäne Wachau Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Weingärten Weißenkirchen 2009

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Grüner Veltliner
Country: Austria – Wachau

I am BIG fan of this Austrian grape variety, so anything beyond this sentence will be biased. Achtung … hier ist Herbalicious!!

On the nose, this Gruner Veltliner has notes of grapefruit and ripe apple but after you have swirled it around your mouth, you realise that this is actually pretty herbal (with a decent, elegant finish).

Perhaps not my favourite Gruner Veltliner but this is what I would drink to re-energise myself after a depressing day at work. If I were still living in Vienna, I would be drinking this wine to accompany my deliciously, shallow-fried Schnitzel and Sauerkraut. However, because I live in London where I have to make Schnitzels by hand (and it’s a lot of work!), I drink this wine with slightly spiced food, such as a Thai stir fry or home-made gyros/kebab.

Domaine Lucien Jacob Bourgogne – Aligoté 2009

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Aligote
Country: France

Last summer, my husband and I visited a beautiful vineyard that is owned and operated by a French brother and sister duo. Domaine Jacob is tucked away in a small town north of Beaune on the Cote d’Or Ridge, and it was here I was introduced (in English!) to local Burgundy wines.

What a delicious journey! This Aligote was one of the first dry whites that I truly enjoyed.  It was bright, acidic and un-oaked. Did you know that “Aligote”  should be consumed young, as it does not age well? Drink Aligote as much as possible because I fear that most people will abandon it in favour of the more common Chardonnay.

Do visit this winemaker in person! Lucien’s wife is a beautiful British lady who takes care of the tastings and sales. Chantal is Lucien’s sister and she can drive groups up to the vineyards to show you the grapes up close and personal!

Some Young Punks Riesling Monsters, Monsters, Attack! 2009

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Riesling
Country: Australia – Clare Valley

If you thought that bright, juicy Rieslings could only originate from Germany or the Alsace region, think again. This Australian beauty just bursts with fruity fragrances and flavours that make my mouth water.

The bottle is tall and slim like most Germanic whites but the label is thoroughly untraditional: it has a scene of Godzilla attacking a city and all the skyscrapers falling down. Could this be a metaphor for the Riesling knocking my taste buds out?

This went down well with a salmon fillet and oriental stir fry.