My guilty pleasure, I know a lot of you guys probably don't like a heavily oaked chardonnay, but for me this is the perfect "making you feel good wine". It so bold and thick, with a lot of vanilla. But still a refreshing bite of crispness from the cooler Adelaide Hills Australia. . . . The Blue Belle throws back her flame-hued mane – a beauty of the Adelaide Hills. Don’t mistake that shimmering beauty for weakness though – she takes no prisoners and will challenge all who take her on. Yet with that bright silvery gold hue, her vivacious charms, the bright elegance and opulent fruit, the Blue Belle is hard to resist. As I was saying an oaked Chardonnay can a pleasure and a guilty one of sorts. . . . I'm not ashadem to admit that I love a big, bold, new world style chardonnay, those of who actually know me, and I have a change of ordering such a glass I will. Nevertheless I can't actually choose which white varietal would be my absolute favorite. That probably would be the Chenin Blanc, just as Chardonnay, you can make it sparkling, super dry to the bone, lucious and heavily oaked and with Chenin even a sweet thooth can get its hopes up. . . . Just share your guilty wine pleasure with me? What do you love, what others might find boring or extra interesting. 😉😌 . . . . #wine#winelover#winetravel#notes#blogger#wset#wsetdiploma#vinhos#wein#wijn#instawine#winestagram#wineoclock#terroir#winegeek#soil#viticulture#drinking#tasting#vineyard#climate#winelife#wsetglobal#chardonnay#adelaidehills#australia#oak#adelaide#guiltypleasure
Big group at our Vine Lab WSET tasting group tonight. We’re all resolved to drink wine and skip the gym this year I guess! Swipe to see our blind reds for tonight. I did OK, called #1 Barbaresco, nailed it. Called #2 RB Bordeaux, it fooled everyone. I felt OK, as Grgich wines show old world character. Called #3 Wash State Merlot - it was WA Bordeaux blend - not bad! #4 I called Beaujolais, it was Loire Valley Cab Franc. I can’t seem to call cab franc to save my life. Need a Cab Franc intervention! in the 2nd group, #7 I debated Rioja vs Chianti Classico, it was Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, so I was close. #8 I called Napa Cab, it was from Paso Robles. I’ll take it. . . . #vinelabwine#wset3#wsetadvanced#wsetdiploma#wsetglobal
Back in business after the Christmas break! Tonight’s WSET level 2 class focused on regionally important red grape varieties. Carmenere from Chile was one of the wines we tasted tonight. 🍇 A native grape from Bordeaux 🚢 it was planted in Chile in the 19th century. At that time the cuttings that were taken in France were thought to be of Merlot. The vines 🍃of both Carmenere and Merlot are very similar but Carmenere ripens much later than Merlot. It took some time to tell which plants were which growing in the vineyards in Chile and it has only been since 1998 that wines have been able to be labeled as Carmenere. 😁🍷 . 🍷👅 So what does it taste like? Not a shy wine, it is fresh yet smooth with flavors of blackberries, sweet blackcurrants, fresh and grilled green bell pepper, smoke and ground pepper spice. Where is my supper I ask? . . #wsetglobal#wsetlevel2#nordicwinetastings#wineeducation#winecourse#carmenere#bordeaux#chile#demartino#instawine#winelovers#wine#redwine
I love Spain! And lucky me... today’s WSET 3 prep travels take me there. We’ll be doing a comparison of Tempranillo wines from nearby but vastly different regions. The Rioja Alta region of Rioja is nestled between the Cantabrian Mountains and the Pyrenees. The area is warm but is cooled by both altitude and the flow off the Atlantic. The Duero River starts it’s path to the sea (eventually through Portugal as the Douro) just south of Rioja. Along the way it flows through the Ribera Del Duero Valley wine region, a hot region that produces big bold Tempranillo (known locally as Tinto Fino) with darker fruit than Rioja. There is no coastal influence, but the region’s altitude (some of the highest vineyards in Europe) helps cool the nights and maintain some natural acidity in the grapes. Another interesting difference is the type of oak used. The much older Rioja region was established at a time when Spain traded more with the Americas than with the rest of Europe, and American oak was the wood of choice... a tradition that continues to this day. Ribera del Duero was more recently established during more cooperative times with the French, and the region developed with mostly French oak use. While these maturation vessels have created distinctive styles, many modern winemakers are realizing that with the more delicate and subtle Rioja wines and with the more robust Ribera Del Duero wines, it is probably wise to start switching it... thereby greatly increasing the difficulty level for blind tasters everywhere! We’ll spend some time here in Spain enjoying some Cava in Catalunya, some Garnacha in the Priorat, some Monastrell in Valencia, and of course some Albariño in Rias Baixas before we hit Portugal for some Vino Verde and some Port. Then, just like explorers have done for centuries, we’ll depart Portugal for the New World... maybe with a fueling stop in Madeira 😉
WSET Lessons! Do you think one can LEARN how to do tastings? I was curious but I think you need a certain mouth feeling for tastings... But also with a bit of training you can learn to find out certain smells and tastes. I mean, after all there are only two important “tastes”: I like it, I don’t like it 🙃🍷 Anyway I had a very interesting day yesterday with Level 1 of WSET. Let’s go for Level 2. So slowly my passion becomes a profession. 🍷@wsetglobal #wsetdiploma#wsetglobal#winelesson#winelessons#winepassionar#lovewine#winestagram
Traveling the world through bottles of wine is fun and all... but I spent this weekend at home in my abnormally round house with my abnormally long dog enjoying some abnormally peaty scotch. 🥃Back to the studies tomorrow! 📘💻
Can you relate to this picture? How many times you wanted to practice "The Deductive tasting method" or "The Systematic approach to tasting wine"(or both in my case) and ended up all alone in a weird setting, with a big charge on your credit card and too much left over wines for one person to handle?(my wife is 9 months pregnant 😍) Well, it's all about to change. Stay tuned! #wset#guildsomm#winetasting#winetime
Day 2 of the WSET Diploma Unit 4 Spirits course in Boston. Students got a great review of whisk(e)ys from around the world from Nick Korn, founder of cocktail festival Thirst Boston (@thirstboston) and events and catering beverage company Offsite (@getoffsite). Lots of ways to get involved in the spirits world this year: WSET Spirits Level 2 starts February 2 and the annual Thirst conference takes place in Boston April 26-28, 2019. Also, for Diploma hopefuls, next entry date is April 6. #worldofspirits#wsetdiploma#wsetspirits#thirstboston#spiritsevents#spiritseducation
🍷🍇Sunday Sips: Merlot🍇🍷 • As quickly as it started, the wine weekend is all but faded away😕! Thankfully, we still have Sunday which means it’s the perfect opportunity for some #sundaysips! And today, we’re heading to beautiful Washington State🏞! • In particular, we’re focusing on the Columbia Valley AVA which is one of the largest AVAs in the entire US! The valley starts at the Canadian border and ends all the way down in Northern Oregon🌲; a distance spanning the same latitudes as both Bordeaux and Burgundy in France! This is noteworthy because it results in longer hours of sunshine during the growing season, resulting in intensely flavoured fruit🍇! • It’s my pleasure to present to you Charles Smith Wines, The Velvet Devil, Merlot, Washington State 2015🍷! On the nose, dusty black plums and bing cherries are followed by black tea, cocoa, cedar and vanilla concluding a lovely introduction. On the palate, there’s no false advertising here🙅🏻♂️ as a velvety mouthfeel is full of ripe black fruit, oak spice, vanilla and sweet tobacco! It’s medium bodied, with medium acidity and has a medium- length on its finish! • Never tasted a wine from Washington State? What are you waiting for🤦🏻♂️? This is a brilliant terroir producing equally as brilliant expressions of wine! This bottle begs to be paired with classic American bbq and will certainly deliver #pourrecommendations! Have you ever tasted any of the wines by Charles Smith? Are you a fan of Merlot? What’s in your glass today? And what was the most memorable sip all weekend for you? The rest is on you #pourwinos start filling the comments up👌🏼!
I had the chance to try the 2018 @sula_vineyards Sauvignon Blanc from the most widely planted region in India known as Nashik which is northeast of Mumbai. Currently, there are 29 wineries in the region and 8000 acres of land under vine. I was pleasantly surprised with this wine; it was less tropical than anticipated and showed more grapefruit zest and gooseberry character with clean acid and honest simplicity. A perfect apéro. Have you ever tasted any wine from India?
Tomorrow I'm back to the usual routine of cheese and wine! Feels weird neither working nor travelling for 8 days. I am trying to focus on a new year. Out of focus 🙈 Let's appreciate a pairing from last year - Fourme d'Ambert and 2016 Pierre Frick Pinot Gris Maceration.The 12 days contact with skins resulted in this vibrant colour, the palate is balanced and clean with faint tannins, peach and subtle red fruit. Pairs beautifully with a mild blue like Fourme d'Ambert. Its rich texture and creamy, smooth paste soften the tannins and subtle blue doesn't clash with the wine at all. I remember this wine was a struggle to pair with cheese.
WINE TASTING AT VINO GROSS WINE ESTATE @vinogross . . Meet Maria and Michael Gross of the Vino Gross wine estate which stands for close to natur wines, made by traditional methods. So 100% hand picking, spontaneous fermentation, long maturation in wooden barrel, no fining and no filtration is their key to pure taste of the origin and grape variety. The limestone grounded vineyards are planted on breathtaking terrace which sometimes do have 65% steep slopes. The clima is impacted by the Alps and the Adria, so in combination with the other condition a perfect place on earth to grow grapes! Perfect marketing, every label shows the plot where the grapes of the wine were growing! Slovenia and the region Gorca is nothing new to the Austrian couple, "more than ten years ago, we moved to Gorca to get to know the region, its people and its wines better." Maria and Michael Gross You want to learn more about the various plots, it's soils and taste? Go and get a fantastic visit! For more pictures check also their homepage https://www.vinogross.com ! Thank you guys for welcoming and showing us your philosophy of wine making! . . . So you enjoyed my post? Look up into my bio to find more of them or just follow #winetravelblogger And don't forget to like!😉👍 . . . Name: Vino Gross Country: Slovenia Region: Štajerska Slovenija Styles: white . . . Main info: - reservation for a tasting needed (wine tasting room) - reservation for a tour needed (wine lovers) - languages: English / German / Slovenian - length of a tasting: 30-45 min . . . #winetasting#winelovers#winelover#slowenianwine#instawines#winelife#winegram#instawine#slovenia#steepslope#stajerskaslovenija#wineblogger#winetourism#oenotourism#winemarketing#winerytourblog#wineeducation#wset#advertisement#wsetglobal#drinkwine @iloveslovenia #iloveslovenia#winestudent#vinogross#gorca#finewines#chardonnaylover#rieslinglover#furmint @winestronaut @falstaff.magazin
What a great example of a NZ Sauvignon Blanc. That lovely crisp acidity, the pronounced aromas of passion fruits, limes, zesty fringe to it, even a bit floral perhaps. Great body, medium finish. . . This 'Russian Jack' is named after a Russian immigrant named Jack (1878-1968), he was a loved 'gentleman of the road' who carried his life in huge sacks upon his shoulders. During the harvest times this mysterious man was welcomed onto the farms around Martinborough where he picked fruit into his old age. He was honoured by the local population who built a bronze statue to his memory. . . . Long ago, Martinborough which is a sub-region in the center of waurarapa, the Southern tip of NZ's North island, was covered in scrub brush. Russian Jack and pioneers like him, known locally as “swaggers,” worked tirelessly to clear the land and prepare it for use. These rich and fertile lands, now covered in picturesque vineyards, produce world class these pioneering heroes. . . Martinborough has is marked by flat plains dotted with dramatic cliffs carved out by the Ruamahanga River over the past thousands of years. The region only accounts for a mere 1% of NZ’s wine production, but its sunny days, cooler nights, dry climate, and mineral-laden rocky soils make it a premier location for growing world class Pinot Noir. . . . The NE tip of the South Island, Marlborough is NZ's premier Sauvignon Blanc growing region. Its comprised of two valleys, each with distinct, defining characteristics. THE WAIRAU VALLEY is the larger of the two and has gravelly river stone soil beds and warmer temperatures. THE AWATERE VALLEY is the smaller of the two, with cooler daytime temperatures and vines planted on river terraces set along gentle rolling foothills. . . . #newzealand#sauvignonblanc#martinborough#marlborough#pinotnoir#wine#winelover#winetravel#notes#blogger#wset#wsetdiploma#vinhos#wein#wijn#instawine#winestagram#wineoclock#terroir#winegeek#soil#viticulture
🌄🍇California Cabernet Sauvignon🍇🌄 • The Wine Weekend has made it’s anticipated arrival! I hope you’ve been enjoying something delicious with your finest few🏆! Today, we’re tasting a notable California Cab Sauv! In a world where Napa Cab can run well into triple digit prices, it’s good to know you can still find high quality wine without creeping into steep price points💰! • This bottle takes us to the Knights Valley AVA; a valley on the Sonoma side of Mt. Saint Helena! Expect exceptional mountain terroir laden fruit with roots penetrating deep into volcanic soils🌋! The Valley benefits from a cooling circadian process that carries cool air from the Pacific Ocean at night, giving the vines a refreshing break from baking in the Cali heat all day🍇! The end result is wines that are ripe, full of depth and delicate! • It’s my pleasure to present to you Galerie Latro, Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley 2014🍷! On the nose, blackberries, black plums and violets are emitted from your glass, followed by white chocolate, sage, graphite and a cedary pronounced finish on the nose! The palate is full of extra ripe black fruit, sweet tobacco, savoury herbs and a chocolate tingle rounding out a beautiful burst of flavour😱! It’s full bodied, has medium+ acidity, velvety round tannins and a long, deep length on the finish! • As great as the 2014 vintage was for Napa, it definitely did not skip over the Knights Valley😍! There’s a powerful tension, complexity and elegance on display in this wine. It provides a memorable experience sip after sip! There’s no doubt, put this bottle on your table and #pourrecommendations are bound to follow! What do you think #pourwinos? Have you ever tasted a wine from this AVA🤷🏻♂️? Is California Cab King for you? Have you ever heard of this producer? Give me a bottle to try from here! It’s your turn, let’s see what you think!
Yum yum yum. Congratulations to my dear colleagues for passing their final exams at @wset_school_london. Well done @hedgehob and @Tom_eats_and_cycles ... also for one getting a special award for the success in one of the units! . . . #sonvino#serhatnarsap
It is time to jump back on our Vespa and head south as we continue our WSET 3 prep adventure. After stopping off in Rome for some sightseeing, we’ll continue down the Italian peninsula for a comparative tasting of Aglianico from Taurasi in Compania and from high on the extinct volcano of Vulture in Basilicata. If you aren’t familiar with Aglianico, you should be! To pronounce it, ignore the g and start with All Yawn (4 syllables, not 5)... but there is nothing to yawn about with this wine! It is big and bold with lots of interacting tannins and acids, and it is one of the rare garnet colored wines that is predominated by black fruit flavors (at least when it has a little age on it). Today’s will be a fascinating comparison. Both of these regions are hot, but there are some cooling influences that help maintain acidity. Vulture enjoys the nice diurnal shifts the altitude provides. The biggest difference is the soils. The clay of Taurasi snuggles the vines and gives richness and deeper color whereas the vines of Vulture must struggle more in the lava soil and the resulting grapes have focus and intensity. These wines need a little age for the beautiful fruits and florals to emerge and can then evolve for decades. So, who’s going to join me in helping make Aglianico a thing? Cheers and arrivaderci from Italia... next stop Spain!
[WSET 3] Ancora pochi giorni per iscriversi al corso WSET 3, per la prima volta in Puglia! . 🗓 Quando? Lezioni dal 5-9 febbraio, esame 11 febbraio . 📍Dove? Tenute Rubino - Brindisi, Puglia . 🍷Perché? Il WSET è l'istituto di formazione sul vino più autorevole al mondo. La qualifica WSET Level 3 Award in Wines corrisponde ad un livello avanzato ed è valida a livello internazionale. . 👩🎓Per chi? Possono iscriversi coloro che hanno superato il WSET di livello 2 oppure i professionisti del mondo del vino in grado di dimostrare conoscenze avanzate del settore. . 🇬🇧In che lingua? Il corso è tenuto interamente in inglese, e l'insegnante è madrelingua. . 📧Come fare? Contatta subito email@example.com . ➡Più info: http://cultoridelvino.it/ - link sul profilo . #cultoridelvino#wset3#wineacademyitalia
Yes yes yes I get coupes are not the ideal vessel for bubbles but I sort of just don’t care you know? There’s something so nostalgic, sipping bubbs out of a coupe that some super chic 1950’s woman likely registered for at her equally stylish wedding, lackadaisically lounging beside a crackling fire likely in a backless silk gown adorned in some type of fox fur. Somehow I feel connected to this ideal, fantasy, retro woman, who in all likelihood is some dream manifestation of myself.