Time For Me At The Rebstock

Every year...10 days 'me' time...
Friday 26 August
Arrived unpacked and a thai massage to relax the shoulders.
Evenings' choice...
Tement Zieregg IZ Sauvignon Blanc 2008
South Styria, Austria
Nose of gooseberry and lychee...slick minerals...soft nougat sweetness...never ending pleasure here...someone wrote a wine for experts...but even the normal folk would have to appreciate this goodie.
18.25
Food...



Saturday 27 August
An annoying fly had kept me awake until midnight...altho...to be honest...it may have been the cigar after the meal....but so nice to sit out until 10pm after the meal.
With just a morcel to eat and then a long walk to
Kappelrodeck. The plan was to stop over at a cafe...but it was closed as they had a wedding...so I continued homeward throught the vineyards. 

Soup for lunch on the terrace...then plum tart and coffee ...

No Riesling from Volker

As promised...the next meeting...and Volker had been reading the blog.
He offered to open proceeding...bottle screw cap...and most definitely not a Riesling.
Sauvignon Blanc?...there was some lychees in there...a crazy Sylvaner?...we finally ended up with a Chardonnay. What a beauty...


Friedrich Becker Chardonnay Minéral 2010
Pfalz, Germany

Becker reds I know...but...and I miss very little...I had missed this white.
Rich and creamy on the nose...and it does what it says on the body...it offers you super minerals. This was probably a little fat in it's youth...but now there is a complete balance. Still some oak on the palate...but so lovely with it...a crowd-pleaser...a wine-freak pleaser. I could have stayed with this all evening.
Points 17.5


Robert tends towards northern Spain / southern France.

Chêne Bleu Aliot 2012
Vaucluse, Rhione, France

60% Roussanne, 35% ...

Drink The Wine, Not The Bottle

Late post on our last meeting early April...but as the next one is due...I had better pull my finger out.
Volker always brings a white...and a Riesling...and it is good to have some stability in our monthly meeting. Robert on the other hand always produces some rarity and it takes us a while to nail it down.
Dönnhoff Hermannnshöhle Riesling GG 2014
Nahne, Germany
To be honest...this too young...and was showing its best an hour later as it warmed. I find Dönnhoff's. wines tend to some restsüsse...and in their youth are a little unbalanced. Negatives by side...this was an aggreeable starter.


Alfredo Arribas Trossos Tros Blanc 2013
Montsant, Spain

Robert always brings something not readily available...usually from Spain...and he was recently in the area. After we guessed North Spain...it made the grape guess easier...Grenache Blanc......

Drink The Wine, Not The Bottle

Late post on our last meeting early April...but as the next one is due...I had better pull my finger out.
Volker always brings a white...and a Riesling...and it is good to have some stability in our monthly meeting. Robert on the other hand always produces some rarity and it takes us a while to nail it down.
Dönnhoff Hermannnshöhle Riesling GG 2014
Nahne, Germany
To be honest...this too young...and was showing its best an hour later as it warmed. I find Dönnhoff's. wines tend to some restsüsse...and in their youth are a little unbalanced. Negatives by side...this was an aggreeable starter.


Alfredo Arribas Trossos Tros Blanc 2013
Montsant, Spain

Robert always brings something not readily available...usually from Spain...and he was recently in the area. After we guessed North Spain...it made the grape guess easier...Grenache Blanc......

Great Red Wine

These meetings we really look forword to. Once a month and you bring something special or interesting.
As I knew the others would be bringing white I spent a long time in my celler for something to 'knock 'em out'.
Robert and Volker arrived at our usual haunt Schaab Louis...and the first cork was popped.


Roagna Solea 2013
Langhe, Italy
I was first to try to guess...and instantly said Chardonnay. A nod came...but then an answer saying there was more. What is the other? We went through as many white grapes as we knew...and only as an afterthought said Nebbiolo. Robert does like to make it difficult for us. This is like a Blanc de Noir.
Apricots, peaches, flowers and light honey in a round, supple style.
Points 16.5

Volker had sent me a wine list from a local restaurant in Nierstein.
It was endless......

England, Mum, Niece, Son but no Sun

About this time every year I travel to England...to visit my mum and my niece.
Sunday was packing day...more than enough clothes as the weather could be any type in England.
A case of wine...just enough room for the driver. 

Monday 25 January 2016
Left home at 9.30 and in Holland had some pleasant weather
which stayed until I reached Rotterdam.
Smaller ship than normal...but same food in the Brasserie.
A glass of Riesling and an early night. Storm...force gale 8...
which you notice more on a smaller ship.

Tuesday 26 January 2016
Had arrived at midday...and was greeted by a happy mum. Unpacked and rested.
As we sat down at the table in the Twelve restaurant my body was still racing.
A racy riesling had been carried over and we chose the food.

Soup for my mum and the madras cured ...

Italy, France & Spain

As the days get colder...so the wine changes colour. Our monthly meeting was 'pre-planned' by telephone. Volker and Robert would be bring reds...could I supply a white? Pas de problème Messieurs.

Now...after so many years collecting...there are various 'odd bottles' in the cellar. The secret of having something mature to drink is down to the amount of wines in your cellar meaning that you have something to drink without opening anything too early. Did you understand that? Good. Well... I remember the early days when I told my wife I had very little I could drink. She gazed at the partly filled cellar...and then I explained...that most have to be left alone! Those days are gone...and with 700 bottles at the last count...there will always be something for everyone at the right time. The white I took along I had purchased about ...