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weekend wines – week 20 – pinot from british columbia…?

weekend wines – week 20 – pinot from british columbia…?

A long-term contact (from Canada) was in Beaune this week, he and his compatriots enjoying a more than enviable week of tastings, but on Friday evening he thrust into my grubby hands a couple of bottles – “I’m saying nothing, just tell me what you think of these.” They are both 2009 pinot noirs from […]

noir-a-go-go….

noir-a-go-go….

Only in Switzerland; a blend of pinot noir, gamaret and diolinoir. The vines are just 30 minutes away from me, on the lakeside of Biel – Weingut Schlössli’s Mariage Noir. I love the form of the bottle and the contents were excellent – for 28.50 chf – bought on a whim, enjoyed at leisure!

wasps – lucky burgundy…

wasps – lucky burgundy…

In central Switzerland (at least) these critters are a serious problem this year. Not only can you hardly enjoy a drink or a plate of food in the garden, they are now beginning to devour the grapes as their sugar levels reach and pass 8°. Lucky Burgundy – only 300km overland from these pics, but […]

kent rasmussen – failed by the cork – almost…

kent rasmussen – failed by the cork – almost…

Following my recent cellar investigation, my last bottle from this producer turned up – it was the youngest I ever owned – a 1999. During the late 1990s the doyen of British independent wine-retailers was Oddbins, and whilst they made as much money selling beer and cigarettes as they did wine, they had a treasure […]

winner mondial du monde – world best pinot – donatsch 2008 ‘passion’

winner mondial du monde – world best pinot – donatsch 2008 ‘passion’

So let’s try that champion du monde. Shame it was delivered just after I left for Beaune – it would have been good to open with the team. 2008 Donatsch, Pinot Noir ‘Passion’ [Switzerland] The nose needs a bit of time to open, but when it does there’s a small impression of chalky fruit, then […]

presenting the world champion producer of pinot noir (2010)

presenting the world champion producer of pinot noir (2010)

Martin Donatsch from Weingut Donatsch in Malans, Graubunden (Grisons, Switzerland) has apparently won this year’s competition for “Champion du Monde des Producteurs du Pinot Noir” – the world champion among the pinot noir producers to you and me. The wine concerned was Martin’s 2008 Malanser Pinot Noir «Passion». No fewer than 1,100 wines were tasted […]

New Zealand’s Rippon Pinot Noir Has Burgundy Pedigree

New Zealand’s Rippon Pinot Noir Has Burgundy Pedigree

Nick Mills, who had picked up French in travels to France as a child with his winegrower father, Rolfe Mills, returned to Burgundy after a short-lived, injury-ending career as a world-class snow skier. He started as a cellar rat at Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron, and stayed in Burgundy from 1998 to 2002, studying enology and viticulture […]

2006 rhys alpine vineyard

2006 rhys alpine vineyard

The Prince of Pinot needn’t worry – I won’t make a habit of it – but this is rather good…. 2006 Rhys, Alpine Vineyard Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose starts all baked red fruit, perhaps faint Geranium too, then it takes on a more stemmy dimension – not in the gothic manner of l’Arlot or […]

2006 alesia san mateo county…

2006 alesia san mateo county…

The boys of Noble Wine (who are occasional advertisers here) are some of the rare importers of Kevin Harvey’s wines from the US into Europe. Kevin is a very keen follower of things burgundian so I was very interested in what his personal rendition of pinot noir might be. I have this and a ‘Rhys’ […]

it’s the weekend and just by way of a change…

it’s the weekend and just by way of a change…

California Icon Gary Farrell Debuts New Alysian Label

California Icon Gary Farrell Debuts New Alysian Label

Gary Farrell could easily be given the title of Father of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.  After making his first wines for Davis Bynum, Farrell launched his own label in 1982. That year, he crafted the first Pinot Noir for the newly launched Rochioli Vineyard and Winery label, and released his first Gary Farrell Pinot […]

drinking outside the box

drinking outside the box

no man is an island etc., etc. – thought I’d drink off-shore last night – two nice bottles…

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