I saw an interesting article yesterday written by one of the UK’s most respected wine writers. Victoria Moore was writing in the Telegraph about whether it’s really a good thing we’ve got all these writers and bloggers trying to demystify wine. Is half (if not most of) the fun of it that it’s actually full of mystery and there’s always something new to be discovered?
Given that I’ve had my head down the last few weeks doing Jury Service, I haven’t had the time or mental energy to do anything other than help deliver the Queen’s justice! So here’s me thinking about what I’m going to write about this week…
It’s funny actually. I’ve got an ex-colleague and his family coming round for lunch on Saturday, and that’s when we’re going to have the Amarone tasting. I got a text off him last night, chuffed to bits about it being Amarone week. Well my good man, I hope you like what I’m going to pair it with!
I’m sure it didn’t escape anyone’s attention a couple of days back when they read my recommendations for the week. Amarone’s a bit on the punchy side, even for the supermarket BoBs. And it’s been pointed out to me that it’s one of those wines that if you skimp on, you’re in for a shock, and not a nice one. Yikes!
Grape growers are completely stuck in their choice of grapes. Each grape has a climate it loves. If you’ve got the climate, you grow the grape, if not, you don’t. Simple as that!
From just 12 hours or so on the twittershpere, it appears that I’ve touched a nerve with some wine-o’s out there. Even the mention of the words “Pinot Grigio” is a bit like kryptonite. But boys and girls, did we learn nothing from last week? In the same way there’s Lambrusco and there’s LAMBRUSCO, there’s Pinot Grigio and there’s PINOT GRIGIO!
Be pre-warned, there’s what will appear to be a slant rant contained somewhere in this post. Apologies in advance! Long and short of it was another great week for me in terms of learning more and more about the world of wine, and I hope any of you guys who got involved can say the same!
Normally this is the part of the week when I go on a bit about production techniques, grapes, all the rest of it. But I think the big thing about Lambrusco is that it’s more about dispelling the myth that’s its horrible cheap stuff. It isn’t, or at least it isn’t anymore.
Most of the reason the foreigners reckon that food in the UK is rubbish is because when they come and visit they stay in London. This city’s plethora of overpriced (fast food) crap in the centre is enough to put most people on a self-imposed holiday diet! But for Syrah week I’ve got the opportunity to go for a local classic from up north, where I’m from.
Anyone out there know much about Sauvignon Blanc? It’s a grape that goes well in both the fruity, fresh, drink-it-young style, or in the barrel fermented full style, like you get in Bordeaux. Verdejo is kind of similar to Sauvignon Blanc in that sense. I don’t say that to annoy Verdejo producers, I say it more to Sauvignon Blanc drinkers who might want to try this instead!