Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Storks Tower

Here is the first review from Roger. A Spanish wine from Tesco.
Sounds excellent!
Rich and def full bodied quite heavy ? Got shiraz as that red on the
weekend was that i got , had to warm up was cold on the shelf its a
little spicy if that makes sense but id say its a good buy for tesco
and worth its price . Cork bottle also influenced me . Hope that helps
. .

Wanna Go

Tempting article in the Guardian today about this restaurant run by the best sommelier in the world. In 2004.

Saturday, 25 September 2010


2005 Domaine Herestzyn Gevrey Chambertin
2000 Domaine Rene Engel Clos du Vougeot Vosne Romanee

Two amazing Burgundies tonight at home with my dad.
Both wines were seductively smooth with the older 2000 having a
fantastic farmyard aroma on rhe nise and a light cherry fruit
refreshing palate. Amazing for 10years old. Both good quality corks!
Check it out!

Sunday, 19 September 2010


Anna is a great fan of Carmenere and I've joined her tonight with a
beauty from Morrisons.
The Best Carmenere Reserva 2009
Colchagua Valley, Chile
Excellent sweet nose of fruit and brambles, liquorice and coffee with
a soft fruity palate and smooth fruity finish and chocolatey texture.
A lovely bottle of Chilean wine from Morrisons


Monday, 13 September 2010

Up North Trip

Not that far up north though.  I've wittered about Alella before a couple of times, but for all it's charm, we had never seen the town in full swing.  This weekend was the traditional town festes, including a posh car-park piss up with all the local producers vying for your tickets (€5 for three glasses and a glass to take home [broken en route]).


We got off the bus sometime around noon and it was already ram up and baking.  The gigants were patrolling the streets with bands of medievally-dressed Catalans, and there were a bunch of stalls lining the main street, whose cheeses and pastes we sampled and liked but forgot to buy.  To brunch we approached a stall with plump and fresh looking pastries, and I went for a patates braves filled bun, including the mayonaise.  It was the nearest thing to a chip barm i've ever had abroad and made me feel quite queezy.

We passed by the three wine shops that I know around the centre, where merriment was had in attempting to neck table wine from porrons.

We then swung round to the main event which was heaving, and queues for forming at each stand.  We all went for different options to kick off, me a 2006 garnatxa blanc from Joaquim Batlle, a couple of autoctonous pansa blanca joints from Alella Vinícola, sec and semi sec, were sampled; and a cava from Perxet rounded off the round.

It was agreed that the local grape was a winner for starters, floral and light with enough character to justify the €5 you'd spend on a bottle.

Round two before lunch and we switched up again.  I went for a chilled Syrah from Alta Alella (mistake), our two debutants sneaked a Rioja and a Ribera del Duero from somewhere, and Natalia, still on the cava, was seduced by the minimal elegance of a chardonnay 2006 from Alta Alella; clearly the most appropriate and ultimately rewarding choice.

We found a lunch spot, the always excellent Companyia d'Alella, and were looking forward to one of the local speciality dessert wines only to find that everything had shut, in true siesta style, until eight in the evening.  We found some of the staff from Alella Vinícola off-duty, who hooked us up with half a bottle of their garnatxa negre/ syrah rosé, which was finished in a wendy-house as we waited for our chariot home.

Another good day out in the Maresme.  As we'd been left wanting more, I'm tempted to attend some of the setmana del vi at the end of the month.

'Til then, Sitges hosts it's wine festival next weekend, which I may very well report back upon.

Word out.

Mark D.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010


Lovely rich red from Chile.
Chilean wines are very full flavoured and rich which I found goes well
with cheese.

Misiones Carmenere 2008
Valle Central, Chile
Deep violet in colour with a rich fruity nose and a toasted aroma. On
the palate lovely plum flavour with a medium body, touch of tannin and
a coffee like spicy oak element.

An excellent intense wine. A wine for a colder evening or evening in
which is just right for the end of the summer. Check it out

£6.49 down to £4.99 from Morrisons