A rare treat to go off-piste and enjoy a bottle of Visellio Primitivo Salento 2010 last week. Primitivo is the grape variety (known in the US as Zinfandel) and in this case comes from Salento – the heel of Italy. Big flavours of plums and cherries with a smokiness backed up by rich yet soft tannins, it was just perfect served alongside a chilli con carne. The heat and spice in the dish were an excellent match to the rich fruity notes in the wine and as the tannins were soft there was no clash going with the chilli. Lovely!
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The Loire 2017
I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Loire so low in the 11 years that we’ve lived here. It was pretty low in 2011 but I don’t think it’s been this low.17 Sep, 2017
Grololo – Pithon-Paillé
As the back label says ‘vin de fruit, vin de copains, vin de casse-croute. A boire avec quoi? …avec plaisir!’. Bring on the Grololo!23 Jan, 2014
Clos Cristal – Saumur-Champigny
I just had to post this video from Aurelia Filion who has a blog called ‘bu sur le web’ and regularly incorporates wines from the Loire valley in her tastings.21 Jan, 2014
The vineyard year – pruning in Vouvray
This year we are hoping mother nature will be a little kinder to our growers here in the Loire. After 2 really hard years, they deserve an easier time in 2014.20 Jan, 2014
Lentils – great winter food
I love lentils. Green, orange, yellow – any kind of lentil. There’s something very comforting about them, they’re easy to prepare and really satisfying.12 Jan, 2014
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It was like hanging out with two friends who just happened to know a lot about wine.
A wonderful fun filled informative trip and if anyone reading this is wondering if it’s for them…. yes it is, you’ll love it!