Archive for October, 2012

Culinary Travel, Featured Culinary Travel, Wine O'Clock

Provence – a life through rosé coloured glasses

Provence – a life through rosé coloured glasses

When travelling provence, it’s hard to get away from rosé. It seems to flow through the hills like a secret underground river, always popping up just when you need it. Bars, restaurants, cafes, market stalls, supermarkets. Im convinced there’s also a magic rosé fairy that delivers an extra bottle to […]

October 27, 2012 ×

Wine O'Clock

Chapoutier Beaurevoir Tavel Rose 2010

Chapoutier Beaurevoir Tavel Rose 2010

It’s such a vibrant shade, bursting with life, deep like a cherry, but with a flame burning behind it. Great example of Tavel, with all the morello and pomegranate you would hope to find, some super-fine tannins and a chewy/crispy redcurrant finish, complete with the acid you would also find […]

October 23, 2012 ×

Eating up Dubai

Wine me, dine me

Wine me, dine me

There are different kinds of wine dinners. First, you have the sponsored wine dinner. It’s a mutually beneficial event for both restaurant and winery. The wine brand will supply the wine at a reduced rate, maybe kick in a bit for advertising, and bring along a wine maker or brand […]

October 23, 2012 ×

Wine O'Clock

D’Arenberg “The Stump Jump” White blend 2010

D’Arenberg “The Stump Jump” White blend 2010

Considering its price, this is a very complex little number – but I guess that’s no surprise, as it contains at least 4 grape varieties that are vastly different and incredibly aromatic (Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, Rousanne and Marsanne). It’s a funny old thing – tropical and citrussy like a sauvignon […]

October 21, 2012 ×

Wine O'Clock

Kientzheim-Kaysersberg Anne Boecklin Pinot Gris Schlossberg 2009

Kientzheim-Kaysersberg Anne Boecklin Pinot Gris Schlossberg 2009

Wow – that name’s a mouthful. And this is a whole mouthful of Pinot Gris. It’s dessert style, rich and viscous with a lovely hint of botrytis (noble rot). This translates as a forward palate of crunchy nashi pears, a little toasted almond and a nectar finish that’s 10% apricot, […]

October 21, 2012 ×

Wine O'Clock

Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2010

Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2010

Big fruity wine, and quite complex for a simple CDR blend. Almost a poor-man’s-Condrieu, with over half the blend made up of mouth-filling apricot scented Viognier. A little spice and peel on the nose, tropical up front, big fat middle palate, and just enough acid to help it finish fragrant […]

October 21, 2012 ×

Wine O'Clock

La Grand Chapelle Bordeaux Sauvignon Semillon 2009 (Antoine Moueix)

La Grand Chapelle Bordeaux Sauvignon Semillon 2009 (Antoine Moueix)

A lesson for all buying wine in very hot countries – always check the vintage. Even when it’s fresh stock, this kind of wine (low priced Bordeaux Blanc) is really supposed to be consumed within the first year or so of bottling. There could have been a little bottle variation […]

October 21, 2012 ×

Wine O'Clock

La Chablisienne Petit Chablis 2010

La Chablisienne Petit Chablis 2010

This entry level Chablis (100% Chardonnay) is pretty decent. It’s got a couple of years on it now, and is showing some richness that it wouldn’t have previously, and has softened out nicely around the edges. Saying that, it’s still slightly mineral and has some lovely lemon peel notes, so […]

October 21, 2012 ×

Eating up Dubai

Grandma’s Recipes

Grandma’s Recipes

My Gran is outstanding, but she’s not really a cook. She’s 94 years old, and still kicking away death or even suggestions that she’s too old for anything. When I try to list the things she taught me, I find myself not thinking of domestic tasks, but about afternoons wandering […]

October 15, 2012 ×