Recently I had the pleasure to attend what will surely be remembered as one of the most remarkable wine events in London this year – the Koshu of Japan tasting at the luxurious boutique Como The Halkin Hotel. When I received the invitation from the drinks business, the leading European drinks trade publication, it immediately made my curiosity spike up. For me Japan is a dream travel destination and everything about it is a bit mysterious and exotic, including Japanese wine which is rare and unknown to most of us. Just to be clear, I am not talking about rice wine… Continue reading Koshu – The Wine Treasure Of Japan
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2014 Der Ott Grüner Veltliner, Wagram, Austria
Tasting note: on the nose medium+ intensity, aromas of clementine, ripe apple, honey melon, hint of fresh cut grass. On the palate high refreshing acidity, medium body, long lingering finish. Mineral, ripe stone fruit (apricots), satsumas, ripe pears; tropical fruit notes open up on both palate and nose after a few minutes in the glass and increasing temperature. Delicious wine, very good quality. ~£20
Food pairing: this wine would go nicely with seafood, fish, summery pasta dishes but also stand well richer poultry dishes.
Big thank you to Wine & Partners, it was an absolute delight to sample this Veltliner – a true taste of home away from home!
Ca’Marcanda Winery – The Bolgheri Masterpiece of Angelo Gaja
It is an absolute delight to see what a mastermind and skillful pair of hands can do when given a place to start something from scratch! Angelo Gaja, an established and prominent winemaker from Piedmont, came to Bolgheri about 20 years ago having been thoroughly impressed by the quality of local Supertuscans. He purchased a piece of land where there used to be an olive orchard and built a perfect winery. Continue reading Ca’Marcanda Winery – The Bolgheri Masterpiece of Angelo Gaja
Visit to Michele Satta Winery in Bolgheri
“I feel the urge to make wines that breathe the sea in and out” Michele Satta
We arrived for our tour of the Michele Satta estate on a sunny late afternoon and were warmly greeted by the energetic and passionate Massimo. He shared interesting insights into the estate and Michele’s philosophy, took us through the tasting and was very patient to answer the hundreds of questions we had. Continue reading Visit to Michele Satta Winery in Bolgheri
Supertuscans – the superheros from Bolgheri
“…if Ravel’s “Bolero” was a wine, it would probably be the 2007 Ornellaia”
From the day the London based wine merchant Armit Wines and the world famous Tenuta dell’Ornellaia had announced a competition earlier this year to win a trip to Tuscany to visit the Ornellaia estate, I was on a mission. The challenge was to take a creative photo of one’s enjoying Le Volte (the entry level wine of Ornellaia) and to share it on social media with the hashtag #LoveLeVolte.
I got obsessively dedicated to win this challenge. To make the long story short, I created a series of photos involving food, flowers, football and even my then one year old daughter. Finally the winner was announced … and there I was, doing the happy dance in my living room! 🙂
Fast forward to the end of September and… READ MORE