Saturday, 24 February 2018

Terre di Toscana 2018 | Lido di Camaiore

The Una Hotel Versilia, at Lido di Camaiore (Tuscany), will host the eleventh edition of Terre di Toscana wine fair, on Sunday 4th and Monday 5th March.
A real full immersion in the excellence of Tuscan wines production, which will be attended by 130 producers, with more than 600 wines for tasting.

Also, as usual, the show cooking pavilion “Golosizia”, which will see, six chefs at work, 3 on Sunday, 3 on Monday.

The list of companies, wines tasting and the full program, by consulting the website Terre di Toscana and following their social pages fb and twitter.

Not to be missed.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Cantina Giardino Aglianico Drogone 2008

The Aglianico is the most common dark variety grape in southern Italy. And I like it. The Cantina Giardino’s, from old wineyards, I love it too.

It’s ruby, almost dark. The smell sticks, fresh, full of fruit - a beautiful cherry, plum and blackberry - and then embraces oregano and mediterranean sensations. Subsequently, mineral and spicy progressions saturate the nose.

The palate is solid, full and rich of minerality and fruit. A marked acidity and alive tannins, for a dry sip, complex and high voltage taste. Very concentrated is a mineral presence from volcanic stone, which rivals and prevails, harmonically, on the fruit. Extreme balanced bottle briding elegance with high drinkability, despite the 14.5 percent alcohol, absolutely unnoticed.

The bottle, unfortunately, ends fast, with long and tight aromatic persistence and returns of china, tobacco, pepper and graphite.

A great drink, really

Friday, 9 February 2018

Champagne R&L Legras Saint-Vincent 2000

It is the R&L Legras’s cuvèe de prestige - Chardonnay grape 100% - created in honor of the Saint Patron of the winegrowers, which saw light in 1964 and nowaday 13 vintages only have been considered worthy to be millesimate.

7 years have passed, but it would seem to have disgorged yesterday, seen the energetic freshness it communicates. That same freshness that favors the cleaning of fragrances that gradually emerge and remain in the nostrils for a long time: bread crust and biscuit, citrus peel, hazelnut and jasmine, with a dynamic and solid salty-iodine structure, which recalls, the inimitable craie of the Côte des Blancs.

The first sip is sharp, lively, even with aggressive bubbles. But in a few minutes that effervescence is transformed and reborns by putting on the great occasions dress, looking like a classy Lady.

The acidity is kept really scathing and explosive, with valuable citrus and spicy cues, while the sip is enriched, both in width and in depth.

In the end of the bowl, the mineral-iodate character explodes, leaving a sapid mouth, mixed with oysters. Long finish, vibrant persistence, about marine sensations and shades of amaretto and tobacco.

Precision sips and stylistic rigor like it was a great maison cuvée.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Le Grand Tasting 2017 12th edition | Paris

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December, in Paris, at the Carrousel du Louvre, will be held the twelfth edition of “Le Grand Tasting”, the annual wine tasting, organized by the journalists Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve, founders of the same wine guide.

A fundamental and unforgettable opportunity to discover and taste the French wine excellence, selected personally by Mr. Bettane & Mr. Dessauve.

Focus, it goes without saying, on the oenological gems of France, starting with the beloved Champagnes - over 70 Maisons - but not only because all the French wine regions are superbly represented, with other wine companies coming from the most important countries. You have just to browse the list of exhibitors to find out what you will going to taste.

Last but not least, exclusive Ateliers Gourmets, Master Class and Master Class Prestige, which will allow, upon reservation, to participate in special tastings, illustrated by experts and producers.

Real-time updates, by following the official site, as well as their social pages.