Fellow Wine Lovers,
This week has been a busy week for the wine trade. Natural wines showed their affinity with number 9 buses by having not one but two wine fairs, the annual London Wine Fair was on at ExCel (so was a Defence Industry fair (just me or are wine and guns a scary combination?).
But we toughed it out, putting in a palate testing couple of hours at The Real Wine Fair on Monday and then each spending a day at ExCel. Neighbours, be assured though, we resisted the pull of the sparkling new guns and opportunity to wear combats, and stayed in the chino comfort zone that is the Wine Trade Fair. Wayne even managed to squeeze in some Elvis Costello at the Royal Albert Hall.
Wedding Wine Gift
This time of year we often chat with customers who are heading off to the weddings of chums who have been together a while (indeed Alex is doing just that in a few weeks time). They are struggling with what to buy as a gift, said couple already having a toaster, rolling pin and pillow-cases, so might we be able to suggest a wine or two?
Well we have gone one better than that, we have put together a Six Box in a Gift Pack. There is Champagne to celebrate having survived the day itself, a red and white to help with the thank you cards and the first dinner as “marrieds”, and a further three bottles that can be enjoyed as the mood takes them, but are of such quality that they could be kept for toasting anniversaries over the next five years or so.
All this will set you back £105 (Which is less than a set of bedding from Cath Kidston!) and full tasting notes are attached.
One of the conferences Wayne attended was on the use of social media, and we are expecting to him to be more clued up as a result. If you are interested in joining in the fun as we explore this brave new world you’ll find us under our name…ParkVintners. We’ll confess we’ve been there a while and have thus far been fairly rubbish at it, we’re hoping to change that.
Giro d’Italia – Tasting this Weekend
As I write this on a sunny Thursday evening in Wimbledon Park, the 18th Stage has just finished in Vedelago and Mark Cavendish has a slender lead of 29 points in the Red Jersey points competition, despite being outwitted and pipped on the line by rookie Andrea Guardini.
We of course haven’t had to expend anywhere near as much energy, just gently swirling, then raising glasses and tipping our heads. In those glasses this week we shall have Rami Falanghina 2010 (£12.49) and Brunato Il Cocco 2010 (£12.89).
Rami Falanghina 2010 is from Molise in the Southern Apennine Mountains where wine has been produced since the time of the Romans and Alessio di Majo is the latest in a line of Di Majo’s who have farmed this land since the 1800’s. That said, I’m not here for history lessons, I am here to tell you about the wine. He uses only organic vineyard techniques and has a new modern winery, but it is his choice of the best of his old vine Falanghina that drew us to this wine with its wonderful peachy, apricot flavours and zippy fresh acidity. Food match… seafood clearly, but a plate of antipasti, pile of salad, and a group of chums would do it for us.
Brunato Il Cocco 2010 hails from Tuscany, a region famous not only for holidaying but also as the spiritual home of the best wines made from Sangiovese. This particular wine is from the Bindi Family’s 300 year old estate. Again I’m not here to talk about history, but the fact that they do have the highest vineyards in Montalcino, and that this wine is lovely and juicy with fresh cherry fruit flavours. That could be down to the fact that they grow Sangiovese Grosso, famous as the Brunello grape and bigger berried (hardly a surprise given the name!), or it could be that they have been recognised as organic since the ‘80’s? Personally I think it’s because Giacomo is a nice bloke and that’s reflected in his wines. Food match… get that barbecue hot and pop some meat on it!