Wine Geek Newsletter #84
I hope you’ve all had a great week and don’t have too much planned for the weekend… If you have then cancel all of your plans and watch the Ryder Cup! I was at Celtic Manor 4 years ago but I’ll be watching this one from the comfort of the sofa. The good news is I’ve been trying to find an excuse NOT to drink Californian wine for a few weeks now… its Europe, Europe, Europe this weekend!
I have a confession to make… I didn’t have a Malbec last week… it just felt wrong on my birthday! I promise to catch up this weekend, especially with a fabulous Grenache from the Southern Rhône to wash it down with!
A bit of a scattergun approach this week, with choices from across the supermarket board:
Louis Max Mercurey 2011, Burgundy (Sainsbury’s £15.50 was £18.50)
Taste the Difference McLaren Vale Grenache, South Australia 2012 (Sainsbury’s £9.50 was £11.00)
Torre De Azevedo Vinho Verde 2012, Portugal (Sainsbury’s £5.50 was £7.75)
Vina Maipo Vitral Chardonnay 2012, Chile (Morrisons £5.99 was £8.99)
Matua Pinot Noir 2012, Marlborough (Asda £7.98 was £10.98)
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet 2012, Australia (Asda £7.98 was £9.98)
Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough (Asda £7.48 was £10.98)
Rustenburg Chardonnay 2013, Stellenbosch (Waitrose £10.99 was £13.79)
Domane Wachau Gruner Veltliner 2013, Austria (Waitrose £7.99 was £10.79)
Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva 2009, Rioja (Waitrose £9.99 was £12.49)
Cave de Tain Crozes-Hermitage 2011, Rhone (Waitrose £8.49 was £11.49) STAR BUY
Lanson Black Label NV Champagne (Tesco £23.99 was £33.99)
Finest Sancerre 2013, Loire (Tesco £9.99 was £11.99)
Finest Tingleup Riesling 2012, Western Australia (Tesco £7.99 was £9.99)
Beringer Classics Zinfandel 2012, California (Tesco £6.75 was £8.99)
Wine in the news
Chapel Down raises £2.9m through crowd-funding
Burgundy 2014 saved by September heatwave
Are you a wine snob or wine awesome?? I’m somewhere in between!
I knew I was right all along… drinking wine is better for you than going to the gym!
Thursday October 17th, 7PM to 9PM
Introduction to Quality Wine – £25
Roberson, 348 Kensington Hight Street, London W14 8NS
An informal walk around where you can Navigate the wine world through four themed tables and discover the What, Where, Who and When of wine. As well as tasting 28 wines from across the globe you will receive a comprehensive booklet packed with detailed information on each topic, a £5 voucher which can be used with any £50+ purchase made online or in store and a free Roberson Wine corkscrew
Wednesday 1st October, 7PM to 9PM
2004 Bordeaux horizontal – £40
West London Wine School, The Wine Cellars, Big Yellow Storage, 71 Townmead Road, Fulham, SW6 2ST
An opportunity to try 8 wines from the 2004 Bordeaux vintage, including second growths Leoville-Barton (one of my favourite estates) and Rauzan-Segla. A great chance to taste wines from some of the great estates in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Tuesday was the first day of Autumn so I searched out some truly awful jokes that will make you ‘fall’ down with laughter!
Q: What did the tree say to autumn?
A: leaf me alone.
Q: What did one autumn leaf say to another?
A: I’m falling for you.
Q: What’s the ratio of a pumpkin’s circumference to its diameter?
A: Pumpkin Pi
Q: What do you give to a pumpkin who is trying to quit smoking?
A: A pumpkin patch!
Q: How does an Elephant get out of a tree?
A: It sits on a leaf and waits till Autumn!
A couple goes to an art gallery.
They find a picture of a naked women with only her privates covered with leaves. The wife doesn’t like it and moves on but the husband keeps looking.
The wife asks: “What are you waiting for?”
The husband replies: “Autumn.”
This autumn we can look forward to falling leaves and rising gas prices.
We’ll be raking it up while the oil companies are raking it in.
If money did grow on trees, autumn would be the best season ever!
The boring stuff
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