What Wine Did You Drink Today #1?

You may need to carry some back. Not finding it in the US on Wine-Searcher

The Canaries don’t export that much wine because the yields are relatively low, and because the tourists and locals drink most of it! I think Vinatigo is one of the few Tenerife wines you can sometimes find in the USA and/or U.K.

Brief visit to my oenophile brother in law in Tel Aviv, always a treat. Tonight’s wine he describes as well-traveled. Cali cab purchased at auction in UK after being imported to Germany.

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Bad news is my brief visit is being extended due to stricter Covid clearance rules traveling into the US. Good news is brother-in-law has mapped out a wine plan until I can fly home. Tonight’s offering is a muscular Pinot.


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An Israeli Bordeaux blend. Absolutely flawless, but according to my BIL somewhat singular. He says Margalit has not been able to reproduce the success of the 2014 Enigma. Fortunately he stocked up.


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Intriguing. Do tell.

Merryvale Profile 2014
I prefer cabs so was happy with it.

Wasn’t familiar with Merryvale. I see Bill Harlan had a decade-long association.

I tend to [irrationally] buy most everything in 2’s and 3’s to enjoy on my whim then replacing.

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This was nice, plush and silky with earthy mushroom flavors. I’m glad I opened it now though, you could see it start bricking and I think it would have started downhill.

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Had this Antinori syrah when we were staying near Cortona about a decade ago. Have been on the lookout for it in the US without success until this weekend, on a visit to Miami Beach. Did not disappoint, every bit as enjoyable as the first encounter. Juicy but not over the top. A bit of restraint and tannins in check. Decanted for an hour before Easter dinner of pork roast. Certainly the first Italian syrah I ever encountered, a nice departure. Bramasole is the name of the Roman road that runs through Tuscany. Frances Mayes named her famous house in Cortona after the road.

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Getting down to the last of my 2005 Bordeauxs

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A Grand Cru Alsace Gewurztraminer



to go with Chinese food ( Peking Duck )

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Bedazzling combination.

Starting off the 2022 Covid Labour Long Weekend with a ’ Sweet Bang '!
For afternoon tea, paired a Fresh Cream Mango Sponge Cake with a German Selected Late Harvest (BA) Mosel Saar Riesling from a great vintage year. Due to the petroleum nose that goes with the Caramel, Orange Marmalade, Pineapple, Tropical fruit profile of the wine, IMO, a French Apple Tarte Normande might be a better dessert candidate. For the Mango cake, should have picked a younger, fresher sweet wine instead?!..may be a 2015 Scharzhofberger Auslese?!


Will follow this up with a Bordeaux tasting tomorrow! Cannot wait!

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What a night of drinking!
Right Bank meet Left Bank!
After 30+ years the Latour still tasted young!

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Some heavy hitters! What did you eat with them?

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Bessarabsky Market, Kyiv. Ukraine
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