Corkers. Quote of the month: “One should always be drunk. That's all that matters...but with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue - as you chose, but get drunk.” - Charles Baudelaire
This Month: “The Curveball” @ HKD 970 The weather can’t make its mind up so here are some wines to cover all the bases.
Castello D’Alba Reserva Vinho Branca DOP Douro 2010.
Where: A blend of Codega do Larinho and Rabito e Viosinho from Douro in Portugal. Terrific complexity from one of our most economical wines. What: Fresh and fruity - peach, apricot, lemon and a hint of honey. How: Goes with simple herbed chicken dishes.
Manincor Sophie 2009. Where: A blend of Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc from Alto Adige in Italy. What: Flavours of apricots, oranges, lime and a slight floral note. How: Don’t drink it too cold - seafood, poached fish, duck and cheese all go well.
Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2009.
Where: Made in Sonoma, California, one of the best Pinot Noir produced in the US today. What: Wild berry and blackberry, spice and floral notes. How: If your flat is hot this will benefit from 20 minutes in the fridge. Drink on its own or with duck or goose dishes.
Hentley Farm Zinfandel 2010.
Where: A beautiful Zinfandel from one of Australia’s most famous wineries. What: Spicy peppered plums, raisins, and prunes. How: Western-style BBQ foods would be ideal, if the weather allows. Otherwise: steak, lamb, and other red meats.
Bodegas Resalte Crianza 2005.
Where: A complex wine from Ribera del Duero, one of Spain’s most famous wine-producing regions. What: Wild berry and blackberry, vanilla spice and floral notes. How: Good out of the bottle but will improve with decanting. Pair with stews or spiced dark meat dishes.
Corino Giovanni Barbera d’Alba 2011 Where: A soft fruity red from Piedmont, Italy. What: Blackberries, roses, and smoke. How: Serve with pizza and hearty Italian food, just the way Mamma intended.