Tag Archives: sweet wine

Affordable Bordeaux

While I admit that I am a fully paid-up card-carrying member of the Burgundy fan club, every so often I re-discover Bordeaux and regret not having devoted more tasting/drinking time to the wines from this large, complex French wine region.

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Taste magazine 2015 Wine Awards

Annual Taste wine awards for Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sparkling Wine, Sweet Wine, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Reds other than Pinot Noir and New Varieties. For each group, Bob presents his top picks in the Under $20, $20 – $30 and Over $30 price brackets. Trophy Awards are also allocated to the overall Best Red, Best White, Best to Cellar and many other categories.

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Wine matches for chocolate desserts

Chocolate Orange Mud Cakes and the Flourless Chocolate Cake will both transform a big, gutsy red such as Cabernet/Merlot into a deliciously smooth and seductively mellow wine. The transformation is amazing and has to be tasted to be believed. Grasshopper Pie (one of my favourite

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Taste magazine 2014 Wine Awards

Annual Taste wine awards for Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sparkling Wine, Sweet Wine, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Reds other than Pinot Noir and New Varieties. For each group, Bob presents his top picks in the Under $20, $20 – $30 and Over $30 price brackets. Trophy Awards are also allocated to the overall Best Red, Best White, Best to Cellar and many other categories.

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Wine on ice

In the peak of winter I favour big, hearty, warming reds but when the temperature rises I look for bottles in the fridge rather than on the sideboard. It makes perfect sense to drink chilled wines in summer. When our diet switches from rich, red meat dishes to salads and seafood we need to make a similar change in our vinous diet. It is possible to enjoy red wine with pan-fried snapper but Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc is an altogether better choice. Chilled wine on a hot day always feels better than a tepid red.

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Tough love

Nathan Myhrvold, author of “Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking”, believes that red wine can be improved by putting it in the blender for 30-60 seconds on the highest setting. I read about Myhrvold’s claim on www.wine-searcher.com. Editorial staff at Wine Searcher put his belief to the test with two relatively inexpensive reds from Australia and South Africa. In both cases the blended wines performed worst in a blind tasting.

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Where there’s muck, there’s brass

Furry mould on grapes or cheese can disguise a heart of pure gold. In the case of grapes the beneficial mould is called “noble rot”. Its official name is botrytis cinerea, a Latin term meaning “grapes like ashes”.

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Seriously sticky

A few hundred years ago a German Count fell in love with a woman during his travels and forgot to return home in time to give the order for his grapes to be harvested. The workers fretted as their beautiful bunches of ripe grapes slowly began to rot. They couldn’t harvest the grapes in the Count’s absence. As Rainer Erlinger wrote in the Guardian, “When it comes to clichés, the Germans are extremely diligent, efficient and disciplined about living up to them.”