Monday, 30 May 2011

Pinot Taste Off

Last week I had a great taste-off between three different Pinot Noirs, two from France and one from New Zealand.

The first wine was from Alsace, a region chiefly known for its outstanding white wines from the designated 'noble' varieties Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Muscat.  However, the region also grows one red variety amongst all the white, which is Pinot Noir.  Now to be honest most of these Pinots are very light in colour and a bit thin in flavour -  fine slightly chilled with a simple lunch but nothing to bother sticking in your boot to take home and certainly nothing to challenge Burgundy.  However, the quality has been creeping up in recent years and certain producers are now making a newer style of  Pinots that are nothing like the traditional light lunchtime quaffers; they are generally fairly full, rich and oak aged, often similar in style to ones across the border in Germany.   Some are very good indeed.

The one we tried

Monday, 16 May 2011

Riesling & Co World Tour 2011

Last week saw the London gig of the "Riesling & Co World Tour 2011" - a trade event put on by Wines of Germany to try to generate more interest in German wines and Riesling in particular.

The event started with what was announced as "the wine trade's first ever question time".  It was a bit like Question Time I suppose, with a panel of German Wine experts fielding questions from the audience on their specialist subject.  Whether or not it was the first event of its kind I don't know - I doubt it - but it was a good format that bravely tackled the problems that blight German wines.  A few stats that were announced during the Q&A succinctly highlight what these problems are:

  • The average retail price for a bottle of wine