Weingut Ott Gruner Veltliner Der Ott 2010, Austria

Of late I have been drinking more of the light-weight and refreshing style of Gruvees, but thank god for this bottle from Bernhard Ott to remind me how great Gruner Veltliners can be at the dining table, especially as an alternative to Chablis or Sancerre, or any unoaked wine a matter of fact. 4 outContinue reading “Weingut Ott Gruner Veltliner Der Ott 2010, Austria”

Monsoon Valley Extra Sec Rosé 2010, Hua Hin, Thailand

The first vintage of a traditional method sparkling wine made from Shiraz grapes grown at Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, Thailand. Kathrin Puff and her team at Siam Winery did a fine job, so good that no one could believe it is a Thai wine! One of the finest rosés’ sparklers I had this year, manyContinue reading “Monsoon Valley Extra Sec Rosé 2010, Hua Hin, Thailand”

London 1998

Strangely enough we ordered two mature wines from 1998 while dining out in London this November. Domaine Jasmin Cote Rotie and Nikolaihof Riesling Steinriesler. Have enjoyed both, though the experiences where quite different. First, the Cote Rotie, at 25 years of age isn’t going anywhere far, but the developed state with its soft and balancedContinue reading “London 1998”

Sanjo Nubio Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Brazil

The glass of white wine was served while we embraced our friends at the Arts Club, London.  The beautiful lime notes, the slight grassiness…. and a quick glance at the label confirmed an SB, but from where? Wow, Brazil! Just in time to get us all excited for World Cup next year! Well-built and anContinue reading “Sanjo Nubio Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Brazil”

Billecart Salmon Grande Cuvee 1996

A classy but poised Champagne which begins to have secondary aromas. Unfortunately this bottle was enjoyed with other 9 people and there was no time for this massive Champagne to open up in the glass. Not sure there will be another chance! In this group, environment only 4 stars, expected more, but maybe it gotContinue reading “Billecart Salmon Grande Cuvee 1996”