It seems like everyone lately is trying to help out their fellow citizens by buying local products, both with food and textiles. That goes for wine too; and in England, producers are working hard to up the quality of what has been a flourishing product. England is definitely not known for being a great wine country, but with temperatures rising, this typically cool country is becoming more suitable for grapes. South Ridge, produced by Ridgeview Wine Estate, is a wine made exclusively for an online sales company called Laithwaites. Unfortunately, that means that this wine will be difficult to find outside of the UK, but if you are in town for a visit, it’s a definite must try. The Blanc de Noir 2009 Brut I drank at a friends while in London surprised me. I wasn’t expecting to find an English wine that was so good! This traditionally made sparkler is a beautiful salmon-peach color, with a numerous amount of fine bubbles. The bouquet reminded me of a Chardonnay because of its roundness and lower amounts of acid. Floral aromas of tulip and lily filled the glass, hiding the always present yeast or bread smells typical to sparkling wines. The taste was dry and round, cleaning the palate nicely. Hints of fuzzy peach tickled my tongue, and the slight touch of tannin from the pinot nero grape, gave clarity and uniformity. Personally, I think this wine is at its peak and is best to consume now, perhaps with a cucumber and smoked salmon sandwich.
Wine for thought
Champagne and Prosecco, two fantastic ‘bollicine’, but please, do NOT compare the two! Just because both happen to be sparkling whites, doesn’t mean they are similar. Would you compare a Barolo to a Pinot Noir just because they are both reds? No! You just don’t do it. First they are …Read the Rest
Thursday I was invited by a friend to spend the day in Verona with a well acknowledged architect, Tobia Scarpa. For me, it was an honor, to meet someone who you studied in school. It was interesting to listen to him speak, to hear his stories and undertand his ideas- …Read the Rest
For the 11th and 12th of November, the Consorzio of Collio Carso, a society which helps in the promotion of wines from the Collio wine area of Friuli in Italy, hosted an international event dicussing the opportunities and problems for premium white wines in Italy and how marketing is a …Read the Rest
When love is found in good company, food and wine, you want to share your feeling with the world. Renzo Galeazzo, owner of Mulino Bianco in Montcellice, is not only a lover and researcher of fine food and wine, but also the founder of the Slow Food movement in Colli …Read the Rest
This article has been a long time coming. I have written before about the Oltrepò Pavese region for wine, but this time I’d like to talk about a family that is close to our hearts. I met Matteo Berte and his Canadian girlfriend, Chandra (yes, it was the English language …Read the Rest
Amarone. One of the most important wines of the Veneto region and of Italy. A complex and rich, red wine with a long history. But what is it that makes this wine so important… and expensive? Well, the reasons are numerous, but the process and patience that goes into the …Read the Rest
People have been making wine for so long that no one really knows when or where it originated. The Greeks and Romans drank, as did the Etruscans and the Bordolese, even the church grew their own to use for mass. Today wine is better than ever. Technology and knowledge have …Read the Rest
At the beautiful Villa Favorita in Sarego near Vicenza, an event called Vin Natur, featured wine makers and wineries that choose to produce their wine the organic way. Wine Indulgence could not miss it!