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Beaujolais Nouveau Tasting evening !

By Richard on November, 16th 2006 - 6:33 pm

I strongly recommend you look out for this year's Beaujolais Nouveau. Fantastic fresh sensations, with strong 'fruits of the forest' aromas. Perfect wine to smoke with a medium bodied Cuban cigar. Why not join one of the many Beaujolais Nouveau parties going on world wide during the end of this week and this weekend.

Bourgogne Wines

By Richard on October, 09th 2006 - 12:16 pm

I drove down to the Bourgogne area this weekend, to do a wine and food tasting weekend with a group of my fellow 'taste lovers'. I was pleasantly surprised by the wines I tasted, as I was not a big Bourgogne wine fan previously. Some fabulous 1ere Crus from the Beaune, Pommard and Volnay (all Pinot Noir) vineyards on the Saturday, with a very local and raucous Poulet de Bresse lunch at the Cave de la Madeleine (highly recommended). On the Sunday, we went for the Côtes de Nuits wines, as well as tasting a local Crémant (sparkling wine). If you are in the area, I would strongly recommend you take a couple of days to explore the area of Burgundy. Not only for the wine and superb food, but the area is littered with historical architecture from an array of periods (the Châteaux trails is breath taking). Enjoy !

Open caves - winery weekend !

By Richard on May, 19th 2006 - 6:07 pm

This weekend sees the 'Open Caves' (Open Winery) in the Suisse Romand area (French speaking area of Switzerland). All the wineries open up and allow the general public to come in and taste. Local Red, White and Rosé will be following, as we meander our way on bike from cellar to cellar down the famed wine trail. A salami and a block of cheese in the back pack, a series of Coronas (Raphael Gonzalez Corona Extra, Romeo y Julieta Cedros De Luxe No.2, Vegas Robaina Familiar and Hoyo Coronas) in my carry humidor and off we go for a splendid weekend in the sun. Enjoy !

Beaujolais Nouveau 2005 - out today !

By Richard on November, 16th 2005 - 12:13 pm

Thursday the 17th November sees the release of the 2005 Beaujolais Nouveau. Tradition demands it, both Rick and I will be on tasting panels to judge the new wines, said to be excellent this year due to the hot weather experienced this summer. The evening remains one of the highlights of my gastro calendar. What starts off as a very serious appreciation of an artisanal product, quickly degenerates into a music hall type atmosphere of drink, food and communal singing. The Beaujolais Nouveau is a particular wine, in the fact that most agree it is best drunk very young (within a couple of months of production). The Gamay grape gives the wine a fresh fruity aspect that varies in flavor bias from year to year. When choosing a cigar to smoke at this event or with this wine, bear in mind the lightness and freshness of the wine. Choose a cigar that will work with the wine and not against it. I will be smoking a Romeo y Julieta Cedros De Luxe No.1, light/medium forest/fruit woody flavors. Perfect cigar, in my view, to accompany this wine. Enjoy and don't hesitate to tell us about your Beaujolais Nouveau evening.

Italian Wines

By Richard on August, 03rd 2005 - 8:01 pm

The flatlands of the Po Valley are surrounded by the Alps and the Appennimes constituting Italy's coolest wine-growing region. When the weather conditions are good, wines of great complexity are produced. The eight regions of what is loosely defined as northern Italy boast the nation's highest standard of living and its richest diet, in terms of both abundance and variety. The plains that extend along the Po and lesser rivers from Piedmont to the northern rim of the Adriatic proliferate with grain, corn, rice, fruit, livestock and dairy products. Vineyards on slopes along the great arc formed by the Alps and Apennines are Italy's prime sources of premium wine. The eight northern regions produce about a third of Italian wine, though they account for more than half of the DOC/DOCG total. The leading region for volume of classified wines is Veneto, where Verona's Soave and Valpolicella head production. Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia have sterling reputations for white wines, though they are increasingly admired for reds. Lombardy is noted for aged reds from the Alpine Valtellina and classical sparkling wines from the hills of Franciacorta and Oltrepò Pavese. The north's most vaunted reds are Barolo and Barbaresco of Piedmont, a region that also makes Gattinara, Barbera, Dolcetto and sparkling sweet Asti. You learn something everyday. Enjoy !

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