Mark Haisma Bourgogne, 2009

Mark Haisma Bourgogne, 2009
With my girlfriend’s family arriving for the Christmas holidays, I broke this out to have with some succulent pork tenderloin baked wrapped in Parma ham with spinach, mushroom and pine nut stuffing. …THEY went down extremely well!! Share this:FacebookTwitter

Terra Andina Altos, 2007

Terra Andina Altos, 2007
Rich silky vanilla blackcurrants from smelling into the neck of the bottle just after literally popping the cork. More bone dry smooth vanilla blackcurrants to drink and a dry, dry finish. Impressive inky drink…   Ex Cellars (closing down shop), Surbiton £7.69 Feb 2012 Share this:FacebookTwitter

Bodega Septima Gran Reserva, 2009

Bodega Septima Gran Reserva, 2009
After not drinking very much over the past few weeks due to being ill, and what I have drunk being complete SHIT! (Sainsbury’s being completely responsible – see previous posts) I really needed something I could rely on to enjoy with a roast beef dinner, but not too exceptional as it might be compromised by ...

Château de Quantin, 2009

Château de Quantin, 2009
Shopping around the local l’Eclerc hypermarche for some wine inspiration whilst on holiday, I thought – perhaps a white Bordeaux? I love white Bordeaux, especially the sublime Domain de Chevalier, which I obviously wasn’t going to find the likes of in a supermarket, but I stumbled on this, cheap (for a Bordeaux white) about £8, ...

Leon Barral Faugères, 2004

Leon Barral Faugères, 2004
This week’s Friday night, post swimming session tasting I finally got around to replicating one of Gary Veynerchuck’s Wine Library TV laid back Friday tastings: Leon Barral Faugères 2004 This wine has a serious complex vegetal, manure like nose, medium bodied, fresh acidity – but a stink as big as a cow! (in a good ...

Duo of Breggo

Duo of Breggo
Breggo Wiley Vineyard Pinot Gris 2007 Rich, oily on the nose, heavy and full mouthfeel with a slight spicy but very oily finish that goes on and on… makes me believe CellarTracker was right when it told me I should have had this drunk before this year. But it’s still valid and an obviously great ...

Birthday Dinner Party

Birthday Dinner Party
Claire & Evan, Allan & Bianca and Ron & Inbar ventured over to our house in Hampton Hill to help celebrate my birthday – with more than a few personal choices from my cellar… Tarlant Brut Prestige, 1998 Tarlant 1998 for our aperitif, bought in a small local wine shop in the Loire, smooth and floral, ...

Launceston Place, Kensington

Launceston Place, Kensington
My favorite restaurant that’s set on a quaint bend in a residential backstreet of Kensington for my birthday. We chose again the splendid six course tasting menu… with a delicious Dom Perignon 2003 aperitif           A white in magnum from the Mosel: Riesling, Scharzhofberger, Van Volxem 2007 with the Amuse bouche and ...

The Bingham, Richmond 1

The Bingham, Richmond
Chassagne-Montrachet “Les Pierres” Jean-Marc Pillot, 2008 Ignore the truly AWFUL label, this Montrachet was stunning, I almost ordered a Californian Chardonnay but resisted in order to find something perhaps more subtle to accompany our starters. Surprisingly this was a very full bodied for a Burgundy, although with some finely restrained acidity. Maybe richer than I ...

Boutinot Séguret Les Coteaux Schisteux, 2009 (Magnum)

Boutinot Séguret Les Coteaux Schisteux, 2009 (Magnum)
Took this bottle to a long overdue lunch at Heather’s, who turned out to be a bit of a wondrous, creative chef in the kitchen. I’ll have to watch what I serve her on Friday afternoons in future! Medium bodied (in a good way), smooth soft smoky flavours with enough tannin and dryness to prove some integrity. ...
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