Wine blog

My tasting notes of fine wines I have enjoyed.

Bleu de Queyras with Vin des Hautes Alpes IGP

Tasting the Vin des Hautes Alpes IGP wine in the thin air at more than 1600 m. in a mountain hotel in Cervières on the road to the Col d’Izoard, this is immediately a soft red wine for the mountains. A distinctive and slightly peppery taste reminiscent of the Swiss Valais or the new Austrian reds, this one is more tangy than a Mondeuse from Savoie. No great after-taste or bouquet but a refreshing and slightly tangy swig, standing up well to the locally-sourced soupe des ortilles, ie nettles. It tasted best with the local cheeses, Bleu de Queyras lightly scented with parsley and a soft goats cheese laden with fresh herbs.

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Wild pigeon with Chateau Maurac, 2005

Chateau Maurac, 2005, a Cru Bourgeois from St. Seurin de Cadbourne, Haut-Médoc AOC, in Terry’s garden in Preston Park, Brighton to accompany wild pigeon he cooked for us pot-au-feu in a sauce made from myrtilles from Corsica, on a bed of celeriac with green vegetables. The redcurrant flavours of the fine claret complementing the myrtilles from the high mountains and the richness of the meat.
Still more than 25° even as the sun sets and so a fine ending to our August Bank Holiday weekend.

Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG

Marca Ora Valdobbiadene Prosecco

Comparing two widely-available Prosecco wines under the Tuscan sunshine with our midday salads.

Read more: Prosecco Superiore or Prosecco Frizzante?

Zierfandler 2015 trocken, Gumpoldskirchen with Grüner Veltliner 2017 Traisental

Two fine Austrian white wines: Zierfandler 2015 trocken, Winzergenossenschaft Gumpoldskirchen with Grüner Veltliner 2017, Domaine Huber, Traisental. Comparing a forward-thinking bottle of Zierfandler from Gumpoldskirchen with a classic Grüner Veltliner from Traisental.

Read more: Comparing Zierfandler from Gumpoldskirchen with Grüner Veltliner from Traisental

“Animus” Douro 2017 and “Gloria” Reserve Douro 2015

Comparing two strong red wines from the valley of the river Douro in Portugal and then with a port wine from the same area

“animus” Douro 2017 - Vincente Faria, Vila do Conde
Tinta Roriz, Touriga National and Touriga Franca
“gloria” Reserve Douro 2015 - Vincente Faria, Vila do Conde
Aged in oak

These wines are DOC only for the region; both wines are based on Portugal’s main red grape varietal, Touriga National. They appear to be production in excess of the quota for a more specific DOC classification. Touriga National is famous both as a table wine and the main grape varietal for port wine. Both are available in UK supermarkets at an excellent price/quality point with matching labels but neither label gives much further information: we set out to taste what is the difference.

Read more: Tasting “Animus” Douro 2017 and “Gloria” Reserve Douro 2015