Wine Titbits

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Is wine made for tasting or drinking?

Would you want to drink more than a glass?

This was a discussion I had with Tim Johnston at the infamous Juveniles Wine Bar in Paris, which has an excellent wine list that is based on the premise that you would like to order another glass!

He is obviously of the opinion that an extra glass is good for business and buys wine accordingly, yet still interestingly!

Richard Craig on Californian Chardonnay...


Chateau Latif

Chateau Latif

 

Fulbright Scholar, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the City University of New York, Latif Jiji is also the only person known to grow, harvest and turn his grapes into wine in Manhattan! He resides on the upper East Side.

Leaving his native Baghdad in 1946, Professor Latif, a Jew, never returned to the country of his birth but continued the tradition of his father, who also grew wine.

This wonderfully eccentric idea has been the subject of TV interviews  and featured in newspaper articles as diverse as Time Magazine, New York Times and The New York  Post.

Four Course Lunatics

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Four Course Compost anyone?  Melon skin, steak bones, red peppers and pasta on the menu for some of California's best fed vines.

Richard Craig discovers how natural winemaking is completing the green loop:  from the farm to the restaurant kitchen and from the kitchen back to the vineyard that produces the wine that goes back to the restaurant!


Richard's Beef

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Richard Craig on misleading wine label terminology.

Vielles Vignes, Reserve Wine, Cuvée.  Do they have any real meaning?

 

 

Richard's Wine Challenge
Richard Wine ChallengeRichard Craig, Master of Wine student, will attempt to identify a series of mystery wines against the clock.

Part One - How to go about it

Part Two - Against the clock

Part Three - Win some, lose some

Part Four - Close but no cigar

 

From the back of the shelf: Cookbook Quote No. 3

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Stretching a point, whilst this isn't a cookbook quote, it is an ode to wine and so falls into our wider sphere of interest…

For 50p I picked up this slim volume, The Taste of Kinloch,  commemorating a century of trading in wines and spirits of Messrs Charles Kinloch (1861-1961).  A little googling reveals that Charles Kinloch merged with Courage in 1957:

"One of the largest wines and spirits businesses in Britain, Charles Kinloch & Company Limited, joined the Courage Group in 1957 bringing with it a history of wine trading going back 100 years. This firm was stocking some 4,000 lines of wines and spirits, and, apart from its wholesale and retail trade, supplied outlets throughout Britain"

Now, here's the funny thing:  nowhere have I found a mention of the delightful rhyming Foreword by Sir Alan Herbert (aka A.P. Herbert, 1890-1971, humorist, author, MP and law reform activist).   Here it is.

 

Please send in any suggestions for a quote to add to this embryonic collection, using the comments or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Come on, you must have something from the back of the shelf!

 

Another Glass, Please - no. 2

 

Court Garden


Court Garden

 

 It wasn’t my intention to review another sparkling wine quite so soon but when something so special, so impressive and, frankly, so much of the moment comes along it would be a crime to let it pass....

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Another Glass, Please - no. 4

 

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Richard Dudley Craig declares this Vouvray Sec to be a "smashing summer wine". 


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Champagne Marie-Noëlle Ledru Cuvée du Goulté Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs 2011 £64.99

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This is a rarity and an amazing find, as landing Goulté in any quantity has become well-nigh impossible. Well done David Motion at The Winery in Maida Vale for his persistence.

A gift for serious wine lovers, this is viticultrice Marie-Noëlle Ladru’s top cuvée, 100% Pinot Noir, 100% Grand Cru, hand-harvested, hand-riddled, hand-degorged and made in miniscule quantities; a frivolous Monday night wine it certainly is not.

Despite being pressed exclusively from famously fruity Pinot Noir, this wine is clean, bright and citrussy, with a thrilling backbone of chalk and steel and a seductive creamy finish - although oak is not used in its production. Fine, dry and firm, it’s a true expression of her tiny 3 hectare vineyard in Ambonnay and its mineral-rich soil.

A champagne of this quality can be drunk on its own, but this one really shines when paired with food. Try it with white fish and a gentle, foamy butter sauce to experience the depth, flavour and crisp acidity at its very best.

Available from The Winery, 4 Clifton Road, London W9 1SS, 020 7286 6475, www.thewineryuk.com

 

Richard Dudley Craig, Wine Consultant and Importer


 

Another Glass, Please - no. 3

 

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Cà dei Frati

 

I had lunch the other day with a fellow wine importer at the Brackenbury in Hammersmith (a lovely local restaurant) and, most generously, he brought three wines with him for us to taste.  All were excellent.  However, the stand-out bottle was the Lugana 2016 from Cà dei Frati, an estate located in the north-west of Italy, a tiny area between Lombardy and the Veneto.

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