Wine of the Day, No. 195

You won’t believe the price on today’s selection, and I mean that in the best way. I have been alsaceenjoying Alsace single-vineyard Grand Cru rieslings lately, and this example is one of the best. The Frédéric Mallo Vieilles Vignes Riesling Rosacker 2010, Alsace Grand Cru, offers a color of entrancing medium gold and arresting aromas of ripe peaches, mangoes and pears shot through with honeysuckle and the grape’s signature petrol element, all wrapped around notes of almond blossom and almond skin, cloves and dusty heather. Yep, it’s pretty damned heady stuff, all right. The entry is sweet and ripe, almost lush in its spiced peach and melon fanfare, but it slides across the palate going increasingly dry until reaching a finish of bright scintillating acidity and pure limestone and flint minerality. In fact, the wine displays quite a bit of tension in the poised equilibrium between sweetness and dryness, a ...

Syrah – or is Shiraz? – from Argentina and New Zealand

Trivento Shiraz Reserve 2015, Mendoza, Argentina (£8.00 Tesco) I like the freshness and the red berry character, and I don’t mind the imprint of toasty vanilla-ish oak, but I’d have preferred a little less jamminess. OK, but not fine. B- Elephant Hill Syrah 2013, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand (£18.90 Field & Fawcett) Love this for […]

Balancing Peanuts (October 2016 Wine Product Roundup)

It’s once again time for the monthly wine product roundup here on 1WD, in which I delve into the sample pool of wine-related items that cannot actually be physically absorbed without serious risk of injury or death. Kind of like the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Anyway, this month brings us two totally-unrelated products, both of which I can recommend, but not without caveats (because, hey, that’s just the kind of gal that I am).

image: BalVino Productions

The first item comes to us courtesy of BalVino Productions who, incidentally, are also offering a 10% discount on orders for 1WD readers (if you use the promo code 1WD2016 when ordering before December 31, 2016).  BalVino is a family outfit run by Jeff Burnett in Indiana, who crafts those insert-the-wine-bottle-neck-into-the-hole stands that can then be balanced if set on a flat, level surface. Despite the too-clever-for-its-own-good company name, I thoroughly ...

I’ll Drink to That: Wine Writer Jane Anson

Thumbnail image for levi_dalton_ill_drink_to_that.jpg Episode 388 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently and features Jane Anson,the Bordeaux correspondent for Decanter magazine. She also has a book coming out that she collaborated on, called "The Club of Nine." Jane Anson has been living in the Bordeaux region for over a decade, and she has written multiple books that have found her pouring over the archives of top chateau of the region for background notes. In this discussion she combines a historical perspective with boots on the ground observation. The Chinese came and went as Bordeaux futures buyers recently, but Jane doesn't see an anomaly in that so much as an inevitability: drawing on her research, she says that Bordeaux has always moved in boom and bust cycles, and that Bordeaux also always been the wine choice of newly rich. Nor has the sharp change been the first disaster to hit the Bordeaux ...

Consejo de la Alta 2011 Cata de Consejero, Rioja

Consejo de la Alta 2011 Cata de Consejero, Rioja

Consejo de la Alta 2011 Cata de Consejero, Rioja

Bodegas Consejo de la Alta is located in a tiny town the Ebro river. It’s a place that could simply be described as between: it’s between the two major Riojan cities of of Haro and Logrono. It is located between Basque Country and La Rioja. It’s located between two other wineries; Bodegas Riojanas and Marques de Caceres. It’s a tiny winery, no more than a storefront a hundred feet from the brilliant white walls and grand vistas of Marques de Caceres.  Very little is known about this winery. Their website is flashy but limited in scope. The information that is relayed by everyone –whether it is in Spanish, German, or English is the same three paragraphs:

Bodegas Consejo de la Alta nació en 1990 en Cenicero (La Rioja), siendo ésta una zona privilegiada para el cultivo.
Los vinos de Bodegas Consejo ...

Two Spanish Whites from Txakoli & Rueda

Gozatu Txakolí de Álava 2014, Spain (£12.49 Laithwaites) Smells as if it’s going to be quite bracing, with pithy grapefruit and green apple prominent, but while those flavours are there when you taste it, there’s also richer, muskier guava and quince note, plus a touch of honey. More than a little in common with dry […]