Monthly Archives: October 2014

Vina Godeval Godello Galicia 2013

Vina Godeval, Godello, DO Valdeorras (Ourense), Galicia, Spain, 2013 At the regional government organised annual Wine Tasting of Galicia event, this wine was chosen as the best wine of the DO, varietal godello, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, Costco, about … Continue reading

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D de Devaux Champagne NV

D de Devaux, Brut Champagne, NV, Cote des Bars, Champagne, France Natural mushroom cork closure, 12% abv, bought 2012 ex-cellar €31. WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears and small bubbles. Nose: clean on … Continue reading

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La Bastide Blanche Bandol 2010

La Bastide Blanche, AOC Bandol, Var, Provence, France, 2010 A blend of mourvedre and grenache, natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, widely available at about £20. WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears. Nose: clean on … Continue reading

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Guigal Condrieu 2009

E.Guigal, Chateau d’Ampuis, AOC Condrieu, Rhone, France, 2009 Sand and granitic soils on steeply terraced slopes, varietal viognier, aged in 100% new oak, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, en France, €25. WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, medium … Continue reading

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First Press Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

First Press Cabernet sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, USA, 2011 Fifteen months ageing in French and American oak, natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, Waitrose, £18. WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity purple, showing tears. Nose: clean on … Continue reading

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Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Alsace 2005

Trimbach, Cuvee Frederic Emile, Riesling, AOC Alsace, Ribeauville, France 2005 Varietal riesling, natural cork closure, 13%abv, widely available, about £35. WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, of medium intensity lemon, showing tears. Nose: clean on the nose, of pronounced intensity, … Continue reading

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Grapes into base wine (the trials of)

This is the tale of my first attempt at making sparkling wine, well any wine really, apart from a kit wine 30 years ago. Stage 1 – making the base wine Day 1 (mid-October) – pick and crush Picked about … Continue reading

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