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Weekend drinking thread [30th Nov- 2nd December 2018]


#21

Tonight is day 2 of this Bordeaux

Yesterday I thought I’d made a big mistake putting a case in reserves- even after a long decant it was hot, acidic, with very little fruit. Today it’s so much better: much smoother, more sweet dark fruit, big but tasty. I’m still a bit worried that it’s maybe a touch too boozy ever to integrate fully, but am confident it will improve over the next few years, and look forward to finding out. Good value, I reckon, especially if you like a ripe (modern?) style of Bordeaux.

Cheers!


#22

Had this back in August and yeah, I agree, it needs a bit of air to show its potential. It’s a full-on style, and a bit more boozy than I like my claret to be, but I really liked it and keep meaning to put a few in a mixed case in reserves - even at eight years old I think it’s got more to give. Lots going on for the money.


#23

Yeah I agree, a bigger style than I’d generally go for in a claret too- but as you say, a lot going on for the money. And I can certainly imagine there being 11 situations in the next 5 years or so when it would fit the bill nicely, eg with a meaty main course at a dinner party. Which is lucky, because that’s how many I have left…!


#24

Its clearly good value claret night here. As mentioned elsewhere, testing the 2012 Fonbel with a view to Christmas. Almost Nebbiolo like straight out of the bottle, resolves to a very juicy, pleasant, actually really sweet St Emilion. £112/12 IB en primeur so about £15/bottle on the table today.


#25

@Leah At least your neighbours will know where to come for a spare bottle or two… Where are you storing all that!?


#26

Tonight a Vincent Careme Vouvray Sec 2016 from a recent offer from Waitrose. All gone now but a fine Vouvray. To my mind it has a touch more weight than Careme’s “Spring” bottling which TWS used to sell at £11 a couple of years back. This one cost £17 and just about worth it.


#27

Not so Christmassy for us yet, though it’s December tomorrow, so I shall make some mince pies. Tonight, I made my first foray into cooking fregola sarda, following this recipe:


Here’s my attempt:

We really liked it - a bit nutty, a bit chewier than risotto, and the citrus really lifted the squid.
The wine is a Muscat Grand Cru Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé 2014 from André Kientzler, and really complemented the dish. Floral but restrained nose - not as full-on as some muscat, but almost honeysucklish. Dry but fruity - how does Alsace muscat manage to taste like grapes but be completely dry - and long and minty on the finish. Lovely.


#28

This looks great, @robertd! And a fab wine match too! :ok_hand:
I love fregola - especially with seafood, so will give your recipe a go. In the Middle East we often use fregola as a basis for salads - usually with some roasted peppers, feta and black olives thrown in. It’s a delicious alternative to couscous (and you can also use Orzo in a similar way)! :+1:


#29

We are off to Tuk Tuks in Edinburgh to continue celebrating our daughter’s Masters graduation in psychology and mental health :clinking_glasses:. It’s a BYO so a stroll through Harvey Nicks wine store is on the cards today. I have Billecart-Salmon on my mind.
Last night we had paired tasting menu at The Gardeners Cottage which was delightful.
Update - Laurent Perrier from Oddbins for £29 fell into my basket instead - cheapskate :joy:


#30

Weather meant to be OK in Edinburgh today, have a fantastic day.


#31

I shall definitely be cooking fregola again. I love couscous, but ths had a bit more texture. And dry muscat goes so well with seafood like this.


#32

We felt dead classy in front of the telly last night, matching the soft sweetness of a cheap ruby Port to the salty spice of large bag of Bombay mix.


#33

You know, I’d never have thought to bother looking for wine there but stumbled across the wine section of the Birmingham branch while looking for a pair of jeans and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality, selection and even the price (fair, not cheap but not over the top)

By comparison I also quite enjoy the Selfridges wine hall - wonderful selection yes, but the real fun is to find the most extortionately overpriced bottle and wonder why anyone would pay that much*

*its because they’re much richer than me, isn’t it…


#34

You should try the new Harrods wine hall if you want to see high prices, on a now rare visit to the capital to see my sister a couple of weeks back, I had a little time in town and made the Harrods wine hall first stop, very opulent and worth a visit just to look.
Wont go into detail about what I think of the capital now, I used to work there and lived there and loved the myriad of treasures it can give up, now no thank you.


#35

Tentacles! You got tentacles on your plate :scream::scream::scream::scream::scream::scream:


#36

Last night to Vindinista in Acton. Had a bottle of Bullshit Grauburgunder and a baked Tunworth. The wine was German and different than the Italian and Alsatian versions of the grape, maybe falling somewhere between the two stylistically. A slight roundness with a gentle spritz on the tongue. Very quaffable but the cheese could have handled something more.

Then on to good old Crispin’s in Ealing. Always good to have a chat to the owner, she pulled something off menu from out the back, this bottle of Croatian white(!) which turned out to be lovely, light and floral.


#37

I like tentacles!


#38

Starting off tonight with this:-

https://www.thewinesociety.com/shop/ProductDetail.aspx?pd=SG2231

Fruity nose, good balance of acidity, very unusual almost like a balsamic taste but in a nice way and very enjoyable. Definite buy again.


#39

This has been tempting me so long… how do you find it?


#40

Stir fry today… with this. I know, infanticide and so on, but its sweet fruit is going so well with the food.

Should have got more of this, but the price would not allow… I shall hang on to their Mourvedre for a few more years.