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Savalan wines from Azerbaijan on tasting

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2015 Chardonnay

Straw lemon, clean nose with med+ intensity, stone & tropical fruit. Dry, medium bodied,  unoaked and hence very fruit forward Chardonnay with stone fruit (ripe peach), hint of olives & almonds, med+ finish length. Can be enjoyed with a variety of dishes, incl. Continue reading Savalan wines from Azerbaijan on tasting

Azerbaijan – the Land of Fire, Food, Wine & UNESCO World Heritage

Have you ever been to Azerbaijan? Most people will probably say No.. And if so, may I suggest this as your next destination … But this isn’t going to be another of the thousands of travel guides available online. This is rather a little tribute to my place of birth, with focus on its delicious food and wines and a little bit of virtual sightseeing. 🙂 Continue reading Azerbaijan – the Land of Fire, Food, Wine & UNESCO World Heritage

Wines of Azerbaijan at the London Wine Fair 2014

This year’s London Wine Fair – the capital’s biggest trade event of the year was a particularly important one for me personally. Wines from my place of birth – Azerbaijan – were represented for the first time. 10458668_294059557430673_8074319380130166487_n

ASPI winery was founded in 2007 and the vineyards were planted in the beautiful mountainous region of Gabala, in the Savalan Valley, producing their first vintage in 2010. Azerbaijan’s typically hot climate is moderated by the altitude of Gabala region which makes quality viticulture possible in the area. Soils are varied but predominately clay with vineyards planted with South-East facing aspect.

ASPI winery has brought talented Italian oenologists Daniele D’Andrea and his wife Elisa on board. They are focusing on producing high quality wines with potential to compete with the old school European classics and to win the hearts of the European wine lovers. (they won mine!) It was my absolute pleasure to meet with the team of ASPI winery & vineyards in London, to taste their wines and to have Daniele take me through the secrets of winemaking in Azerbaijan.

Follow the link to the photo gallery on Facebook where you will find my comments with brief tasting notes in the caption of each photo.

For more information about the producer visit their website at: http://aspiwinery.com/