Barrel samples from Quinta Vale d. Maria, Douro Valley, Portugal

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Tiago Alves do Sousa, talking about his old vines wine, Abandonado 2009

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Tiago Alves do Sousa, talking about the vineyards of the Douro Valley

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Nopi- thinking outside the (winelist) box

Dec 16, 11 Nopi- thinking outside the (winelist) box

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“Giro d’Italia” “Going Natural” “And Gamay for All” “Black Gold” “Without Words” “The Outsiders” “Sake” Those are not descriptors one would usually see as headings for a wine list but Nopi’s wine list is not exactly a “by the numbers, tick all the boxes” wine list. The list reflects the diversity of the wine world, the sommeliers searching for wines that reflect a sense of place (terroir)¬† as well as being little known or off the beaten track. They also have a section of organic and biodynamic wines but that is from the point of view that they are excellent, well made wines, not a gimmick for the list. I was recently invited to a wine and food matching luncheon to see what exactly was going on with the list wine consultant Gal Zohar and Sommelier Honami Matsumoto have put together for Nopi’s Middle-Eastern/Asian cuisine. Gal and Honami had the enviable job of matching the wines with our lunch. As the philosophy behind Nopi is all about small plates, we had 10 plates each matched with one (or sometimes two) corresponding wine(s). The very first dish was a burrata with pink grapefruit paired with a subtle Slovenian riesling, the Verus 2010 was a revelation. Having a similar profile to Australian riesling from the Clare Valley but toning down the acidity, not so much of a palate cleanser but still very fresh and pure. A wonderful discovery. A Garda classico , the 2010 from Selva Capuzza was next. I visited the Garda region in Italy last year and ever since, whenever I see a Garda wine, I know I’m in for a treat and it’s great to see this lighter style of Italian red getting some recognition. The next wine really made me sit up and take notice an 85% white carignan, yes, that’s right, white carignan. Wow! How exciting, a new grape. I could see that this list was made for wine geeks. However, the wine (Domaine Ledogar, Blanc 10, 2010 Corbieres, France) was...

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2010 Domaine de la Pousse d’Or en primeur tasting

How often do you get to taste the entire range of a Burgundy producer in one go? Daniel Lambert Wines had a vertical tasting last night of the Domaine de la Pousse d’Or 2010 en primeur¬† in Mayfair and I was able to taste through all those fabulous Volnays, Chambolles and Corton Grand Crus. La Pousse d’Or has quite a reputation, being a famous old domaine in Volnay, tracing it’s founding to around 1100 A.D., although it’s present day incarnation begins in 1964. The real renown of the vines began in 1997 when the it was bought by Patrick Landanger, an electromechanical engineer, who has revitalized and invested heavily into the vines. The domaine covers Chambolle-Musigny, Clos de la Roche, Corton, Puligny-Montrachet, Pommard, Santenay and Volnay and is made up of premier cru and grand cru vineyards. I stuck in and thought this is what pinot noir is all about. It helped that these were all from vineyards with excellent terroir but red Burgundy has a silky, earthy vibrancy that is impossible to get anywhere else. I tasted through 16 wines and while they shared certain characteristics, it was the differences that highlighted and gave them a sense of place. My highlights with brief notes: Chambolle Musigny1er cru “Les Groseilles” 2010 – fine, elegant tannins, wood spice notes with fresh strawberry and bracing acidity, a delicate, silky wine Chambolle – Musigny 1er cru “Les Charmes” 2010 – there’s a reason it’s called “les charmes”, it is a charming wine, brisk and full of strawberry and rasperry , fine grained tannins, smooooth…… Chambolle – Musigny 1er cru “Les Feusselotees” 2010 – showed sweet fruit on the nose with softer tannins, much more upfront on the red fruit flavours, fuller and rounder then the “Les Charmes”. Volnay 1er cru”Clos d’audignac” Monopole 2010 – ripe strawberry and raspberry with echos of tea and earthy notes on the finish, very fresh, with crisp tannins. Volnay 1er cru “Clos de la Bousse d’Or Monopole – red fruit spiciness, structured...

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