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Blended wines are always intriguing and if the wine maker is creative with the grapes as Matisse was with his colours, then great things can happen. Chile used to be the cheaper option to buying "old world" wines but that has all changed. Now it is hard not to notice the expertise that goes into the crafting of these delightful presses of the good stuff!
In this instance we have an artisanal wine that is blended 35% Mourvedre, 30% Syrah, 20% Petit Verdot and 15% Grenache. With some age of 5 years and small production, this is wine to save for a special occasion or to drink with one of your slightly better friends (see the Max Reserva for regular mates drinking). The nose is rich and complex, as you'd expect, with dark fruits and spices that make the mouth water. There is a lot of tannin so this wine could age well if you choose but it is bound to be good drinking all the way down the line.
In the mouth this wine has many facets of fruit and spice. I could name a few but I think you're better off getting a bottle, sitting down and playing the game yourself. The flavours go on and on, with every sip winking at you suggesting another. Really enjoyable!
Errazuriz ‘ The Blend Collection’ Red 2009, RRP £23.99, Waitrose, Hoults, North and South Wines, Harrods, Ellies Cellar, The Whalley Wine Shop, www.winedirect.co.uk
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Black currants, cinnamon and chocolate make this a real treat for the flaring nostrils. To taste: rich dark berries, currants; a little spice and cherry. The tannins are soft and easy yet packing enough bite to pair this easily with sizzling meats or even a plate of charcuterie. A very good quality wine from Chile.
At £13.99 I think it is a real bargain, a crowd pleaser for sure.
Available from: Waitrose, NISA, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Partridges, Hailsham Cellars, Ellies Cellar, www.winedirect.co.uk
This famous Oolong is one of the most popular teas in China. It is cultivated and manufactured in the Fujian Province. It is known for its calming effect. The loose leaves are rolled unequally. We can distinguish plenty of buds in this tea, as the lighter green leaves. This oolong is approximately 50% oxidized.
Tie Guan Yin - Dry Leaves
The aroma is strong and pungent. It can be infused up to three or four times, till there is no more taste. It should be infused at a temperature of 80-85oC, for 3-4 minutes.
Tie Guan Yin - Wet Leaves
In the first infusion, the high quality of this tea is confirmed: the liquid is very clear. Its color is light yellow. The smell takes place in the whole room: sweet peach. The taste reminds a garden of orchids. Sweet and round. Its light and mild aroma brings refreshment in the first sip, which remains till the aftertaste.
Tie Guan Yin - Infusion
In the second infusion, the taste gets slightly lighter. Drinking it brings me the feeling of walking around a flower field.
In the third infusion, the taste is not as sweet as the first and second infusions. As it gets less sweet, it gets more refreshing. There is some astringency in the aftertaste, tingling the tip of the tongue.
Delicious and highly recommended!
by Dani Lieuthier
The Real Wine Fair highlights wines which are made with respect for terroir and the provenance for the ingredient. We are therefore delighted to be working again this year with artisan food producers and restaurants who have a similar philosophy.
Most of the food will be located in one room adjacent to the wine tasting hall. Customers can try and buy, eat on the hoof, or take the food into the restaurant/bar next door and relax with a glass of wine, a beer or a coffee.
Duck Soup, the bohemian natural wine bar on Dean Street in Soho (and soon opening in Hackney), will be tempting customers with such dishes as lamb shoulder cooked in milk, broad beans & wild garlic and tarama and shaved kohlrabi and sesame salt on warm flatbreads. Donostia (the Basque name for San Sebastian, a city synonymous with culinary excellence) and a modern tapas bar in Marylebone, will be preparing simple, but tasty-sounding small plates such as slow-cooked pigs cheeks and arroz negro plus variations on a jamón theme. Award-winning restaurant Zucca specialises in homely, regional, well-executed Italian dishes including Cianfotta (a seasonal vegetable stew from southern Italy) and pork cooked in milk. Meanwhile, London's answer to River Cottage HQ, Handmade Food, is offering beetroot borani & feta with crispbread; marinated pigeon breast in flat bread with watercress and pickle, and Simnel cake.
Morito, sibling of Moro in Exmouth Market will be cooking lamb on the plancha with labneh, pickled chillies and green olives and serving grilled Tetilla cheese with membrillo and walnut bocadillo, whilst Real Wine first-timers Burro e Salvia, a pastificio in Shoreditch, will be making their signature fresh pasta from traditional family recipes. La Cour de Rémi, a small hotel with a fantastic natural wine bar in Bermicourt near Calais, are bringing the flavours of Normandy with them in their earthy bistro dishes including Pressed oxtail, mustard vinaigrette & roquette leaves; fried cuttlefish and pork belly ‘à la Ibaiona’ and Scallops, marinated with lemon infused olive oil
There's more. Androuet age and sell their artisan cheeses in Spitalfields and supply many of London's top restaurants. At the Real Wine Fair this year they will be presenting Androuet “Camembert de Normandie” (exclusively produced for them), ”Comte” 18 months, “1909″(ewe’s milk cheese they created for their 100 year anniversary) produced by Jean-François Dombre, and English cheeses like Westcombe. Customers can taste samples and buy a platter to eat at the fair.
And to drink? Workshop Coffee who have been sourcing, roasting and serving great coffee since 2009 and have two cafés, one in Clerkenwell and the other in Marylebone will be on espresso and cappuccino duty, whilst those seeking alcoholic refreshment can sip and sup at the stands of two small but beautiful artisan drinks producers based in North London. Camden Town Brewery is located in a couple of railway arches in Kentish Town. Their bottled beers include the crisp Hells Lager, the unfiltered American Hells, the complex Pale Ale and the Gentleman’s Wit Beer and a variety of ales on draught. Sacred Microdistillery is run from the kitchen of a house in the back streets of Highgate. They will show their award-winning London Dry Gin; London Dry Vodka made with numerous botanicals and their unique English Spiced Vermouth containing around 25 botanicals. New to the range are gins made from cardamom and pink grapefruit respectively and a delicious Rosehip Cup. Gin and tonics and English Negronis all round!
“The Real Wine Fair” is a two day wine event celebrating artisan growers who work with minimal intervention in the vineyard and the winery. 150 growers and winemakers will be pouring and presenting their wines to consumers, wine trade professionals and members of the press.
The 2014 event will be at London’s historic Tobacco Dock in Wapping, on .
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As we cruise into the last third of February, you don't have to be a meteorological magi to discern that we're not out of winter yet.
A friend recently trudged up to my office at around 6:30pm to find me opening a bottle of Romain Duvernay, 2011 from Côtes-du-Rhône. Anticipating pleasure he seized the bottle from my hands and inspected the label, nodding sage-like and exclaiming, "Nice… it is definitely Côtes-du-Rhône season!"
Ordinary Rhône wines night suffice if the conversation is established in flow and you are trying to hold distraction-by-pleasure at bay, but when we're damp, a little testy and tired, we want quality in bags! Thus I am pleased to say that the Romain Duvernay delivered a mouthful of pleasure that stopped us both in our tracks. After a sniff and sip, Ricardo paused for thought before exclaiming that he thought I was being extravagant with my choices but - and here's the tip - this bottle only costs a tenner.
Made from old grenache, syrah and mourvèdre vines, this wine has hints of rich dark fruits that are balanced with good tannin that cuts across the palate leaving it fresh and wanting another sip. Just how I like it! The blend ensures a combination of emergent flavours. I noticed liquorice and Ricardo picked out some spices before musing on a plate of roasted winter vegetables. The scene was set!
I was sent this to taste by Roberson Wine and asked to give a frank response. Well, frankly, it is delicious and a bargain! I would recommend it with pleasure. Buy a case or two, one to drink and one hide under the stairs… in the children's playpen, or wherever you choose, but bring out a bottle every six months or so, and see how it develops.
CÔTES DU RHÔNE 2011, ROMAIN DUVERNAY
Available from Romain Duvernay Cotes du Rhone
Bottle price £9.95
Bottle price when buying case of twelve £8.46