Last week I was at Vinisud 2016 – the three day exhibition in Montpellier focusing on wines of the Mediterranean. This is a vast fair, making it impossible to taste all the wines I wanted. Many gem…
Everyone is over winter. OVER. But there’s nothing like an awesome all-Champagne dinner to brighten your cold and slushy night.
Marika Vida-Arnold, the wine director at the Ritz’s Auden Bistro, puts together Phenomenal Femmes wine dinners throughout the year to showcase wines made by women. At yet another fantastic one last week, I had dinner with Maison Ruinart winemaker Amélie Chatin and 6 of her incredible Champagnes.
Over many many many bubbles, I learned a few amazing things:
1 sometimes I like blanc de blancs
Champagne is traditionally made with one white grape (Chardonnay) and two red grapes (Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier). When only Chardonnay is used, they call it blanc de blancs (“white of whites”). Most people go crazy for it, but I’m in a very small minority who always likes a blanc de noirs instead. I really liked the Ruinart blanc de blancs though – and luckily, because we had…
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93 Points Wine Spectator
Has fabulous aromas of blackberry, black cherry and raspberry. Full-bodied, with wonderfully integrated tannins, fresh mushrooms and milk chocolate. Chewy in the end. We will see if this is better than the 2001 with age. Best after 2010.
93 Points International Wine Cellar
Good full, deep red. Sexy nose offers bitter cherry, raspberry, rose petal and a whiff of marzipan. Juicy, sweet and enticing, with lovely elegance and energy to the flavors of red fruits and candied rose. Firm but harmonious tannins frame the palate-coating flavors without introducing any hardness. This suave Brunello really reverberates on the rising finish.
90 Points Wine Advocate
The 2012 Alanera is a new addition to the Zenato portfolio and pays tribute to the family patron who developed the estate’s vineyards. The label depicts three swallows that are symbols of the three main hills that dominate this corner of Valpolicella. This IGT blend is composed of 55% Corvina, 25% . The bouquet shows good intensity with bright layers of spice, dark fruit and prune.Rondinella, 10% Corvinone and 10% other grapes that are aged in part in oak, and in part in stainless steel
I still clearly remember the first time I actually enjoyed sparkling shiraz. It’s one of those moments etched into the crevices of my mind. I probably remember it so well not only because of the enjoyment I had but also because I was humbled. My approach to the subject of sparkling shiraz had been both arrogant and ignorant and I got pounded by the experience.
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