Wine blog

My tasting notes of fine wines I have enjoyed.

Wild pigeon with Chateau Maurac, 2005

Chateau Maurac, 2005, a Cru Bourgeois from St. Seurin de Cadbourne, Haut-Médoc AOC, in Terry’s garden in Preston Park, Brighton to accompany wild pigeon he cooked for us pot-au-feu in a sauce made from myrtilles from Corsica, on a bed of celeriac with green vegetables. The redcurrant flavours of the fine claret complementing the myrtilles from the high mountains and the richness of the meat.
Still more than 25° even as the sun sets and so a fine ending to our August Bank Holiday weekend.

Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG

Marca Ora Valdobbiadene Prosecco

Comparing two widely-available Prosecco wines under the Tuscan sunshine with our midday salads.

Read more: Prosecco Superiore or Prosecco Frizzante?

Zierfandler 2015 trocken, Gumpoldskirchen with Grüner Veltliner 2017 Traisental

Two fine Austrian white wines: Zierfandler 2015 trocken, Winzergenossenschaft Gumpoldskirchen with Grüner Veltliner 2017, Domaine Huber, Traisental. Comparing a forward-thinking bottle of Zierfandler from Gumpoldskirchen with a classic Grüner Veltliner from Traisental.

Read more: Comparing Zierfandler from Gumpoldskirchen with Grüner Veltliner from Traisental

“Animus” Douro 2017 and “Gloria” Reserve Douro 2015

Comparing two strong red wines from the valley of the river Douro in Portugal and then with a port wine from the same area

“animus” Douro 2017 - Vincente Faria, Vila do Conde
Tinta Roriz, Touriga National and Touriga Franca
“gloria” Reserve Douro 2015 - Vincente Faria, Vila do Conde
Aged in oak

These wines are DOC only for the region; both wines are based on Portugal’s main red grape varietal, Touriga National. They appear to be production in excess of the quota for a more specific DOC classification. Touriga National is famous both as a table wine and the main grape varietal for port wine. Both are available in UK supermarkets at an excellent price/quality point with matching labels but neither label gives much further information: we set out to taste what is the difference.

Read more: Tasting “Animus” Douro 2017 and “Gloria” Reserve Douro 2015

 Vin Santo 2012  - Santa Christina - Valdichiana Toscana

Vin Santos are all different; this one, from the Santa Christina brand whose estates are around Arezzo, dates from 2012 so has benefited from more than the five year minimum cellar time. Golden yellow in appearance, keeping its colour even to the glass. Terry tasted caramel, I was thinking more of Mead and honey. This Tuscan Vin Santo is not particularly sweet, and although distinctive in its own right, it is more Madeira than Sherry. Nothing like any French dessert wine. This bottle was a personal import from our trip to Tuscany earlier in 2018.

An excellent accompaniment to a celebration Cassata, pomegranate seeds, chocolate pepites, marrons glacés and pistachio pieces on layers of panettone soaked in Triple Sec and a cream made with Marsala, Mascarpone etc.