Monday, February 12, 2007


I spent a little time in the wine trade, but times changed and the fun when out of it in the early 1980’s. However I do still enjoy wine (in moderation of course!!). Well we had a celebration last night; I won another commission so a bottle was called for. Now our budget for things unnecessary is non existent so when it comes to buying wine great cunning and some knowledge is useful in avoiding mistakes!

Here is one I can honestly say was very good value. Someone has spotted it before from “Decanter magazine” and given it a silver award. Few wines of any worth can, in my view be drunk young and this is a 2005 and it is February 2007. Rioja, pronounced re-o(short) -ca has always been the fine wine area of Spain and some fabulous stuff can be found there. But as is so often the case, prices have increased so one has to look elsewhere when times are hard! 13% vol, vanilla on the nose, good body (even has legs) fruit evident!, colour deep, and tannin soft, perfect acidity; “quaffable” a delight for an every day alternative to less expensive Rhone wines. Under £4 !



Blogger iona said...

Hi Daddy,

I did comment and you even replied! I like the look of this botle, will be able to afford wine again in March so I'll try it then. Every computer in the charity has crashed so CRUK is down and so I'm very bored.

2:11 pm  
Blogger Marly Youmans said...

Iona: what a lovely choice of names!

Happy St. Val's, Robert--we're about to be smothered in snow, so this is just a wee bit early.

2:33 pm  
Blogger Robert said...

Thank you. A very happy St Val's day to you Marly.

I do hope the snow will not be too bad. When we are told about it on the evening national news I imagine it must be significant!!! What is so bizarre is that we are further North than you are and but for the Gulf Stream (or to be more precise the North Atlantic Drift we would be under 10 feet of snow too. In fact when Conrad was writing about London Bridge in the 17th Century (old isn’t he? Sorry!) the Thames was frozen over in winter and that continued to happen until the early part of the 19th C too, seems ridiculous to us now.

Iona what is CRUK or am I being dim? Sorry sorry I got it!

5:27 pm  
Blogger chris miller said...

Forget the bottle of wine -- who made that elegant statue in the background? Was that you, Robert ?

10:03 pm  
Blogger Robert said...

Swallow, (that's the name of it)as for the wine don't spit it out!

11:52 pm  
Blogger chris miller said...

Could you post some pictures of "Swallow" to your site (or send me some to post on mine ?)

3:44 pm  
Blogger Robert said...

OK, will do Chris.

6:52 pm  

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