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Wine Course week 3 – Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon

Domaine Patrick Vauvy Touraine

Domaine Patrick Vauvy Touraine

This week at Chester Beer and Wines in Hoole, the focus was on Sauvignon Blanc for the whites, and Cabernet Sauvignon (or at least blends that lead with that grape) for the Reds. As usual, both the tutor, Mervyn, and our fellow   imbibers were in good humour, so with a short glance at the map showing the key areas for these grapes, it was on to the tasting. First up were the Sauvignon Blancs, and, to my wife’s delight a Marlborough example, The Cloud Factory 2015 (£9). I didn’t share my wife’s excitement however, having been stung by too many cheaper NZ sauvignon blancs, invariable with the words “Cloud” or “Bay” featuring in the name. This particular bottle had the characteristic pale green-straw colour, almost translucent at the edge, and Kiwi fruit dominating the nose. On the palate it was all gooseberry and elderflower, however, and sharp acidity, although the fruit wasn’t cloying – it seemed to me a good example of it’s type and at a very reasonable price (my guess was £12). I do find that these wines peak a little later though as the acidity becomes more integrated, so I would imagine the 2014 would be optimum vintage to drink now. Next up was a South African wine, the False Bay 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (£7.50).   Continue reading

Mothers Day brought to you by Costco Wine

DSCF0960 Sunday was of course Mothers Day, and a chance to invite Mum and Dad around for Sunday dinner. The roast was Lamb Leg, so I chose a Burgundy and a Beaujolais together with a Pouilly-Fumé for my white-wine-only mother, and it struck me that all three wines I puled from my “cellar” were bought from Costco – underlining how fantastic their wine range is. Continue reading

Of Wirral Gin and Hillbillies

DSCF0957In the late ’90’s my wife and I decided to have one last holiday with friends before embarking on the journey of joy that is parenthood, and so, in September 1997 I found myself with three mates on a road trip, beginning with a few days bothering Mickey in Florida, and ending with a few days bothering lap dancers in New Orleans. In between, on the leg from Atlanta to Nashville, we decided it would be a good idea to take a detour into the hills to visit the Jack Daniels distillery. Continue reading

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