I tasted some fabulous wines while I was in London last week for WSET diploma exams. This is a small sample of the highlights. In the photo of the glasses, the darker wine was the ultimate winner - a 20 year old Palo Cortado. Certainly missing from this line up is a glass of I Think Manzanilla from my new obsession #equiponavazos.
Incroyable! A study of Grand and Premier Cru #blancdeblancs @champagnegimonnet along with side by side bottle versus magnum comparisons. Magnums win (duh...) although all the #champagne were so expressive and finessed. #deepchampagne @champagne_officiel #alwaystasting
Three @leaandsandeman favourites (and a fourth favourite courtesy of @derek_wine 🤫😍). @champagnerllegras Cuvée Hommage was bright and clear like a cold but sunny spring day. ✨ 70% 2007, 30% 2009, all Chouilly fruit with just 4g/l dosage. ✨ Bodega Chacra Barda Pinot Noir from the glacial bed of the Rio Negro in Patagonia. 25% used French oak, 75% in cement for 10 months. Vibrant fruit, pretty floral aromatics, beautiful balance. 💐 Yannick Amirault - Cab Franc master 🙏 Les Malgagnes comes from a plot of old organic vines (the oldest dating from 1936). Fermented in oak, this is a serious but sexy Can Franc, with leafy pyrazines balanced with intense berry fruit. 💥 All in all a very productive and informative tasting... 🤓😉
Drinking a little closer to home tonight with old vines primo pinot fruit from Lowrey vineyard, gently coaxed into bottle under the guidance of @bachelder_wines . Silky, fresh and elegant with a fleshy but ever so finessed core. Too bad you're not here @thomasbachelder and the rest of my #travellingnegronis .💕😘 #alwaystasting
Ok, so totally failed part 1 of tonight's blind tasting but who really has tasted a chardonnay (tafelwein) from the Rhine from 1987? Quite lively and delicious but no benchmarks or frame of reference what so ever...... #alwaystasting
Drinking this beauty while making stew and watching the snow fall. Today I received my Case Study Unit 1 Diploma topic. Sherry. The history, the rejuvenation, the wine, the everything there is to know about it. I have one month to learn it all...and remember it. Exam date is March 12 in London. I’ll write my Unit 6 Fortified on the same day. 😬
My love of food and wine is deeply rooted in my love of cooking. The chef and the winemaker both express their love, passion, creativity and their artistry through food and wine. I do the same. This weekend I had the distinct pleasure of catering my darling cousin’s (@pinknotedesserts )30th Birthday party. She wanted an intimate cocktail party with her closest friend and family followed by a seated dinner. I was more than happy to deliver!🎊🎂🎊🎂🎊🎂🎊🎂🎊🎂 🍸: The Pink Note- Vodka, pomegranate juice, pomegranate liqueur, ginger syrup , seltzer 🧀: Cheese course- Fig Jam, prosciutto, Truffle Tremor, Two Sisters Isabelle Aged Gouda, Mimolette, and Raclette chesse from (@murrayscheese )topped with chopped walnuts and drizzled with ghost chilli honey from @saratoga_teaandhoneyco 🍞: Curry chicken salad with mango salsa on pumpernickel toast 🍅🥗: Caprese Salad 🍽: Main Course: Chili glazed pan roasted salmon with whipped potatoes and harricot verts. 🍷 🍾: Riesling-Peter Lauer (@vomboden ), La Cana Albariño , Domaine Girault Sancerre, @comandogviticultores La Bruja de Rozas, @domainedelacote Memorious Pinot Noir and @brownestate 2014 Chaos Theory. • Simply stated...I love great food, I love to cook, I love to eat, I love great wine. I began developing my palate early #alwaystasting, always smelling, always following my grandmother and mom around the kitchen. Honestly, it was my love of creating dishes that evolved into food and wine pairings (still one of my favorite things to do😁), and eventually to my complete immersion into the wonderful word of wine!