Casamia, Bristol

Not writing too much on the blog does not mean I have not been enjoying food and drink. ...but my most memorable meal in 2017 was in the U.K. A recent trip to England to see my mum was preceded by a visit to Bristol to meet up with old friends. I stayed with Peter and we spent our days playing snooker...and trying to eat well in the evenings. I had planned a few eateries.
One was Casamia...tried to book 3 weeks before my trip...and spoke to Roman a few times...and finally we found a date which suited. No way to bring my own wine...but he sent me an email with the wine list...and hurrah...they have a Coravin...and enough fine wines per glass to satisfy this wine buff. Nine tables in the restaurant...so able to accommodate about 30 and only ...

Blogging Again At Rebstock

It has been a year since my last post...a year since I was in Waldulm...and a year since I drank this wine.
However...the day started with me driving there...then hiring a bike...and a bowl of soup in nearby Achern for lunch. 
As the owner of Rebstock, Karl Hodapp, is taking a short break...the restaurant is closed this Tuesday...but to be exact...the kitchen is closed. I had forgotten that Sandra Stark told me when I changed the booking...but was informed on arriving that I could sit out on the terrace...but would have to bring some food. Edeka supermarket...some Sashimi and a small portion of cheese were my choices. Claudia, who has been working at Rebstock for a while, noted the wine and knew she should have to open it in advance.

2008 Tement Sauvignon Blanc Erste Lage IZ Zieregg

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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 ...

The Godfather of Wine

I am the Godfather of two children...one in England...Natalie...my late brother's daughter...and Merle...my wife's nephew's daughter. ( Understood?)
Her parents love fine wine...so along with Merle's older sister...we went to our favourite restaurant....La Fattoria.I refrain from saying Italian...as the kichen comprises of Moroccans. And boy...do they cook well.
We are never disappointed.
I took along two bottles...both mature.


Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd Singerriedel 2001
Wachau, Austria

What an great smell...creamy stone fruits. Some petrol...and a touch of quince. BUT...
This is bone-dry. The mineral veins have kept this lively and perfect now. Without them you would be looking maybe at a dessert-style wine. Citrus acidity...peach palate...long finish. Very lovely.
Points 18.25



Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany, Italy2000
Tuscany, Italy

Having tried the 2008 in April...then the 2004 in early September...the chance ...

Home of Riesling

Alsace is where I drank my first Riesling wines...all those long years ago.
Trimbach, Zind-Humbrecht etc...bring back great memories.
Somehow, for me, Alsace was the home of Riesling

On my recent holiday in Rottach-Egern I had drank the 2008 version...and the restaurant kindly sold me a bottle to take away ( thinking it was the same vintage). On arriving home I saw the follow-on vintage...2009
Michel Fonne Riesling Mambourg Grand Cru 2009
Alsace, France
The vines are from a 35 years old vineyard. The soil is sandstone.
Just how I like them...temps you to go and have another glass.Dry, delicately grapey, and has an elegant bouquet with mineral and floral notes.
Points 17




Boxler Riesling Sommerberg JV 2009
Alsace, France

The JV stands for Jeunes Vignes...but no worries...this is delicious.
Citrus aroma...instantly appealing to me...apple pie.
Medium bodied, fresh and ...

Riesling Rules Again!

Time flies...and a month had past since the three of us had last covered up bottles to try at our local eatery.
A table in the garden had been reserved...and thankfully the heavy rain cleared to give us a medium warm summer evening.
I only live round the corner...which as it turned out...was a big plus.

Volker's wine we had opened and tasted by the time Robert arrived.
It had a closed metallic smell and a not too forthcoming flavour.

Domaine Pierre André Chateuaneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Rhone, France

It was better later with the food.
Maybe going through a stage of not wanting to be loved.


Robert arrived and his wine was tasted next.

While doing this I offered to go home and get another bottle as 'substitute'
for the Chateuaneuf-du-Pape Blanc.

Food was a Tapas plate.

Back in 10 minutes...I concentrated on Robert's offering.



Polish ...

Riesling, Roter And A Red

Daughter number 3 had a birthday...and she wanted the family to go to our favourite Thai restaurant. She is not a wine drinker...nor is daughter number 2. Daughter number 1 is...and she had made it after having had an operation 2 days before. Her husband makes up the Vino-Trio.
I packed the two whites in all that was cold...and as a bonus...a red. With the hot weather red would not have been the correct choice...but we have a cooling period at the moment. The food was gorgeous...and I had a starter of Lab Gai. Dangerously spicy...it begs for a Riesling. I knew the Gaisberg would not be as good as the recent Heiligenstein...but was pleasantly surprised.

Hirsch Riesling Gaisberg 2009
Wachau, Austria
Flat is not the correct description...just that is not as lively as it's brother. 
It was still ...

The Clarity Of Wittmann

    Wittmann Riesling Aulerde GG 2009
    Rheinhessen, Germany
    A 3 bottle offer on Ebay. Drank over a couple of days using the Corovin as there were other wines that needed attention also. This one slipped down beautifully. Easy to taste...all components in harmony. Apples....juicy ones. You may wish for more fruit and less acidity...or vice versa...depending on your love of Riesling...but sometimes it just seems to be exactly what you want on the gorgeous summer evenings. Wittmann's Morstein and Brunnenhauhäuschen would have still been hard work...but Aulerde...simpler, without expecting too much...is perfect now. 
    There is clarity in Wittmann Riesling...and I enjoy them.
    Points 17.25

M Is For Marvelous


A cooling summer evening and we sat outside at our local Bistro.
Our guests were Flo, Christiane, Lisa and Merle( my Godchild )
Food delicious...

Seafood Salad

Merle's Favourite

Two whites from the land of many treasures.



First up...a wine I saw was still available...so one reason to open the final one from the cellar.
Hirsch Riesling Zöbinger Heiligenstein 2009
Wachau, Austria

Trace of honey...but no way fat. The veins of youth no longer it's style. Now rounded....soft...even a touch un-riesling like. Palate of yellow apples...minerals of course...you just have to enjoy this...it begs you. Good length and good wine.
Points 17.5




F. X. Pichler Grüner Veltliner M 2005
Wachau, Austria

A recent purchase from Ebay.
June is always a good month for 'bargains'  € 60,--
I always wonder why such great wine is no longer wanted.
Great! Did I say ...

The Return of the Trio

Finally...hot weather...and what a hot!. I am not complaining...but as usual...others are.
Our monthly meeting at Schaab Louis and I had reserved a table in the shade...in the garden.
Those who did not...suffered.
Robert happiliy agreed to let us try his wine first...I was also happy to be first...as I knew Volker would have a ripe Riesling...and we learn by our mistakes.



Familia Nin Ortiz Selma de Nin 2012
Catalonia / Spain

After the first whiff from the glass...I knew I had competition.
This is a mix of Rousanne, Marsanne and Chenin Blanc.
Smokey, creamy aroma...you just have to go back again and again.
Citrus and lime tones...and with airing there were traces of marzipan.
It reminded me of a Grüner Veltliner. The palate throws up a zingy minerality...which you thank it for...as after the smell ...