Having been tasting the wines of Jean-Luc Colombo for many years, it is has been an additional pleasure to interview the current Colombo winemaker in chief, Laure Colombo. Laure is a fantastic ambassador for the Colombo name, talking sincerely and self assuredly about her inspirations and objectives in making her wines.
I recently enjoyed this bottle of La Belle De Mai, Saint Peray, 2016, and was reminded of the interview we filmed impromptu at the London Wine Fair 2 years ago. This time we were tasting La Belle De Mar, 2012, that with 3 years age at the time was rich with hazelnuts and citrus, and, as Laure points out, would have been delicious served with a Dover sole.
The 2016, is very impressive, also, being so young is extremely fresh with floral/iris aroma. A taste of quince, citrus and mouth-coating satin texture. Lovely use of oak and lees stirring to produce a well structured food-ready wine!! ~£22 and well worth it!
Here is the original interview from the 2015 London Wine Fair. When I uploaded the original on a Saturday evening shortly after filming, it went viral on Facebook with thousands of views by Sunday morning. Chin chin to Laure Colombo!
Discord in Odesa; pruning at Shabo goes on!
Last week a picture was posted on Twitter of vines in Shabo, a large estate that lies to the west of Odesa on southern Ukraine’s Black Sea coastline. The image seemed benign at face value but the reality, of course, is that the city of Odesa has been bracing itself for attack by Russian forces.
An aperitif by the coliseum
As COVID-19 conspires with the grimmest of winds and rain to force a societal retreat behind our own front doors, the word ennui springs to mind. The muddle of displeasure is pierced when Natalia hands me a large bulbous glass of a liquid I do not recognise.
Artichoke pasta and very fine Pigato
Britain’s lamentable exit
On the eve of Britain’s official departure from the EU, my partner and I decided to explore a small town on the Italian Riviera where thewintry cold doesn’t feel so much like cold war bite.
I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!
Soave: volcanic wines with elegance and longevity
Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.
An American In Paris; Tanisha Townsend (@GirlMeetsGlass) discusses podcasts, Paris wine bars, & what she's drinking at the moment
Tanisha Townsend decided to move to Paris 4 years ago after regularly passing through the city en route to the world’s most famous vineyards. In fact, it was about 2 years ago at the Printemps de Champagne Bouzy Rouge tasting in Reims that I saw (who we shall now refer to as) GirlMeetsGlass chirpily speaking to her web followers on Snapchat.
Wine tasting in Galicia: The pilgrims search for Albarino
The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.