2000 Deutz Champagne Brut – France, Champagne (5/8/2015)
We visited Restaurant Guy Savoy in Paris after meeting Chef at his venue in Las Vegas. A culinary genius!!! The Deutz 2000, by the glass, was and always will be an excellent start to any event! (92 points)
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We decided to pop open a favourite red from Alentejo, Portugal while watching “How I Met Your Mother”. The wine, of course, far better than the show.
The 2006 Adega da Cartuxa Evora Reserva gangs up on your eye with a nice, dark red colour through which even lasers could not bypass. A superb oak and dark fruit nose offers the sipper an opportunity to sip a classic Alentejo blend of Trincadeira, Aragonez, Alfrocheiro, Periquita, Moreto and Tinta Caiada. Huh? What’s that? Someday, we will know. The wine is elegant, statuesque and exceedingly complex. We have been sipping Portuguese drops for several years, and we like them…a lot. Having said that, we still do not know the varietals well enough to understand fully how good they are. Live ’n learn. Even cooler is the fact the wine takes its name from the Carthusian monks, who since 1598 have lived a life of solitude and prayer in the Monastery of Santa Maria Scala Coeli.
We know they sip well while praying, which is very, very cool!!!
We were planning wine for our home-made dinner of asparagus sautéed in butter and a stir-fried salmon with spinach in a sichuan spicy sauce, and we thought it deserving of more than just a bottle.
Voila, Coravin to the rescue. Continue reading A glass a day – the Coravin way – keeps the doctor away
We like this wine family. Their estate is stunning, their staff friendly, the family members we have met are passionate and, well, the concept of “unity”, which is their new label, in a modern day family is, well, inspiring. The little tidbit on their website speaks volumes: “Unity is the result of our entire family working together; as a wine, it demonstrates our continued dedication to quality from one generation to the next.” Stand-up and applaud, folks, this is outstanding family spirit!!!
Of equal importance, they make some top-shelf wines.
We opted for a 2012 Fisher Vineyards Chardonnay Mountain Estate. The objective is to try some young and then sip a bottle each year over the next few years hopefully to enjoy the evolution. Slightly dark, greenish-yellow optics, nice oak (18 months in 40% new French barrels) on the nose along with sweet almonds and citrus, well-balanced but evident, fresh acidity with a powerful and fairly long finish. Très yummy! A winner that has several more years of development when we expect even more oak and perhaps a more mellow, albeit elegant, finish.
We visited this breathtaking property in with our sipping ’n snacking friends from California. Folks, this is a nice part of the world that you should go out of your way to visit.
Of equal importance, if you enjoy sipping, then Demetria is a must for your cellar! Owned by a Greek Born Yank, the 200+ acres are dedicated to Rhone varietals that were only planted starting in 1990. Young vines, but great terroir, and an Oz winemaker dedicated to balance (strange) has produced some stunners!!!
The 2010 Demetria Cuvee Constantine is 55% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, an obvious Rhone-styled blend from the Santa Ynez Valley, and is a stunning example of terrific terroir, wonderful winemaking and passionate people coming together to produce only 450 cases per year of a simply beautiful drop. The nose is luscious with dark fruits and liquorice. An intense, strong dark chocolate with elegant tannins, this wine is sipping nicely now, but demonstrates great aging potential. Très yummy…
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We were invited to a Viña Errázuriz Wine Dinner.
Prior to discussing the wines, we should shout out to Chef Ellis, who prepared a most excellent feast to pair with The Noble Grapes of Chile. Well-done, Ellis
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