Friday was a kale salad with a soft egg and a Pierre Franey recipe for clam
sauce and fresh fettucine, and the 2010 Benaza Godello, Really satisfying
for the money- sweet peachy fruit, but it?s crisp and dry on palate. Refr
eshing, minerally, buy again. B+
Saturday we lit the Hannukah candles at sunset, had a glass of the NV Caste
llroig Cava. Light, refreshing, herb and licorice over lemon. Crisp and lig
ht. Good length. B/B+
Then we went to a Nikolaus party (luckily, rain held off and temps were mod
erate- Roger is a German traditionalist, and the party must be outside!). M
ostly cookies and mulled wine, but I carried along a bottle of the 2007 Tri
mbach Pinot Blanc. Sweet pit fruits, a hint of Riesling-like petrol, citru
s, not especially long, but hey it was really cheap! B-
Home for latkes and ?Atlanta? brisket (recipe includes Coca-Cola), win
e was the
2010 Texier Cotes du Rhone (this is the basic CdR, with the busy/colorful l
abel). Solid red fruits, good acids, light tannins, quite nice. B
Sunday we had chicken breast with soy, lime, and sesame oil, baby bok choy,
some assorted leftovers, with the 2011 Terres Dorees (Brun) ?Cuvee Premi
ere? Beaujolais. OK, I believe this is supposed to be a Beaujolais Nouvea
u, but it doesn?t taste like that. Moderate red fruits, but some light bu
t apparent tannin. The confounding part is it improves on night 2 and 3. Pl
enty of crunchy red fruits, good acids, herb and earth. Fun stuff. B+
Recently got some corn smut from Oregon Mushrooms, and beans from Rancho Go
rdo, so invited some friends for meatless Monday- huitlacoche/mushroom ques
adillas, vegetarian tacos (cheese, guacamole, kale). roast kabocha squash,
and a vegetarian chili with Sangre de Toro beans.
NV Pinon Vouvray Brut
Sweet apples, good acids, fine mousse, beautiful for $20 bubbly. B++
2009 Descendientes de Palacios "Petalos" (Bierzo)
Red fruits, a little vanilla edge, not bad but would prefer more sense of a
place than good internationally styled wine. B-
2010 Baudry Chinon
excellent length, black cherry and raspberry, earthy, good. B/B+
2009 Wind Gap Pinot Gris
Skin contact (orange) wine I assume, looks like a rose - a darker rose at t
hat. I really didn?t like this at first- seemed austere and overly herby.
But improved a lot with air - smoky, cranberry and red plum. full, long. B
-/C+ day one, B on day 2.
Tuesday we had leftovers- brisket (over egg noodles that weren?t leftover
), a kale stew, kabocha squash. Wine was a half bottle of the 2006 Havens B
ourriquot. From 375ml this is fully mature, no real tannins left, dark slig
htly horsey fruit with some red kirschy stuff after some air. a bit dull. I
?ve enjoyed other bottles and half-bottles of this much more. B-/C+
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine
, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a p
arty where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectiv
ity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
You make a good point Santiago regarding U.S. wines. I'm always
surprised when I travel at the lack of U.S. wines I find outside of
the U.S. I wouldn't go to France or Spain or Italy, etc. and order an
American wine to begin with (I'm usually there in the first place to
taste the local wines) but when I do find American wines they usually
tend to be the mass produced plonk coming from wine factories and not
the good artisinal wines. I found very few new world wines in Europe
in general and what I did find tended to be Aussie shiraz so they've
done a good job at marketing their wines internationally. It's
unfortunate that more of iconic new world wines don't make it our of
our hemisphere as some of them are incredibly good or at least very
This is mostly the case in Spain, at least. Ridge is available in Spain
thanks to an importer.I also think there is an importer for Penfolds.
In Spanish supermarkets we get the likes of Yellow Tail, but fine wines
from the New World are rarely seen around here.
Probably the best European market for New World wines is the U.K., mostly
due to a demand for mass market industrial wines that have a place on the
shelves of British supermarkets.
Once upon a time, a young spaniard got a direct email from an alt.food.wine
lurker who was coming to Spain and wanted some direct insight on the
spanish wine and dining background.
Very surprisingly, one thing led to the other, and the lurker and the
spaniard became good friends, exchange emails every week, an occasional
phone call, and a vinous parcel every Christmas.
The Wind Gap was part of one of those Christmas parcels.
Isn't it great this internet thing? Now I wonder if will efectively be able
to enlarge my penis by 3 to 4 inches as suggested by one email I have just
Mark Lipton wrote in
I did not pretend to be read like that, and I actually understand that we
all come to alt.food.wine to share some knowledge about wine. That's why I
used the world "surprisingly" in my previous message. In fact, what I said
is that the now not so young spaniard and the afw lurker "exchange" parcels
(he got 30, 32, 34, 35 and 37 this year, and if you are a true wine lover,
you should know what I am talking about). Anyway, the parcel exchange is a
fine addition, but let me say that what really makes my day is the fact
that we have kept with the weekly communication for more than 10 years.
I have met very interesting wine lovers thanks to afw... that's the really
Well, I am currently watching Br Ba... so something interesting for sure.