What a year it’s been! So long 2009, Hello 2010…

I’m not really one to look back, I’m either daydreaming about the future or looking forward to tonight’s wine – more or less the same thing. But I saw one of Niamh’s tweets about her year-end round-up and it got me to reminiscing about my vinous adventures this past  year. The great thing about a blog – I’ve got a record of many of my favourite drinking adventures. Not all of them mind you, because many I just never got around to blogging about but I did manage to put up almost 120 blog posts this year! I would have done more but I was computer-less over the summer after my laptop was stolen in June. This was definitely the year that The Winesleuth embraced video in all it’s gory messiness. Whether the videos made any sense, well, I’ll let you decide but I sure did have a lot of fun making them. I’d like to get a bit more creative in 2010 and maybe even, dare I say it, a bit more professional. My favourites of the year include ones I made with my good friend and fellow wineblogger Wine90 – she just cracks me up. Here we’re reviewing the Balfour Brut Rose…. But Bibendum Dan was another excellent foil, here we are talking about hairy armpit wines… Fun events, as when Catavino came to town and their winetasting at Vinoteca… [viddler id=74e84e69&w=437&h=333] or the Naked Wines Argentine wine auction….. [viddler id=f70e4865&w=437&h=392] and then there’s just amusing and charming winemakers…Etienne Hugel of the Alsatian winemaker Hugel & Fils… [viddler id=9fe1ae3d&w=437&h=392] and Neil McGuigan of the Australian McGuigan Vineyards, to name a few… [viddler id=49575c47&w=437&h=392] And, of course, the vids of my wine reviews, my favourite has to be one I did in S. Carolina while I was on holiday – every time I see it, it reminds me of what a great holiday I had… Of course there was Twitter as well and the Foodies, most especially Eatlikeagirl with whom I did the...

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At Covent Garden, naturally (wine and otherwise), Spanish red this week

Eatlikeagirl and I have been doing the Covent Garden  Real Food Market now for over a month and having a blast! This week we’ve branched out from Bisol Prosecco, as much as we love it, and gone on to biodynamic wines. Stands to reason since I do run a natural wine bar! Niamh made slow roast shoulder of pork with spiced apple relish served in a homemade blaa  (no, not blah, it’s anything but!) served with rocket  – yummy!! FYI – blaa is a traditional Irish bread from Waterford. My task was to match a wine with the pork, what to match,what to match? I went with the Macatela 2006, a spanish red from Tierra de Castilla. We stock this wine in the bar as one of our house reds and it is a great value at £2.90 a glass. We both managed to grab a sandwich and enjoy this juicy red. The Macatela is a blend of tempranillo, garnacha and a bit of cab sauv. for structure, aged 3 months in American oak to soften it up a bit. Totally organic but not, alas biodynamic, it’s still made with minimal intervention and no chemicals, harvested to the strictest procedures. A lovely deep ruby in colour, fruity nose with hints of red berries and spice. Lovely bit of earthiness and spice on the palate, fresh cherries, a juicy wine with a toasty finish. It went quite well with the pork, a happy combo, a lively wine, racing around my palate, the cherries jumping out of the glass and around my tongue. Too bad I was working the stall but on the otherhand maybe it was a good thing because I could have just spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying this one!   Available at Artisan and Vine Retail: £8 in the A&V shop Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Prosecco & Smoked Salmon, coming up!

The Winesleuth usually GOES to events, not plans them, but for a change of pace I’ve teamed up with the London based Irish food blogger, Niamh of Eatlikeagirl to bring you smoked salmon and Bisol Prosecco. Next Thursday, 6 Aug., Niamh and I are going to be running a food and drink stall in Covent Garden as part of the Real Food Market at Covent Garden, happening every Thursday this summer. Niamh was approached not long ago to set up a stall and we thought it would be fun to do a type of pop-up bar smack in the middle of Covent Garden. I’ve been a big fan of Bisol prosecco ever since the Dolce Vita show held at Olympia back in April and had the chance to speak with Roberto Cremonese of Bisol (watch video below). It’s quality prosecco and the folks of Bisol have been producing it since 1542. Niamh is in charge of the food and she’ll be serving up smoked salmon from the fine Irish purveyor Frank Hederman, one of her favourites, accompanied by Niamh’s homemade brown Irish soda bread and homemade cucumber pickle. Sounds delicious and it should go down a treat with the prosecco. So, if you’re wandering around Covent Garden next Thursday and feeling a bit peckish, stop by and say hi to the Girl and The Sleuth! Where: Covent Garden When: 6 August from 12 noon to 8pm Price: TBD but will be reasonable! The Winesleuth chatting with Roberto back in April about Bisol Prosecco… [viddler id=7944d0b3&w=437&h=333] Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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