Winefriend by David Way

Writing about the wines of Piemonte, Italy and France


Weekend bottles

The weekend has that nice relaxed feel about it, a moment to search the cache of bottles in the kitchen or beyond for something different to try.  My recent trip to Berry Bros & Rudd’s Aladdin’s cave at Basingstoke produced one of these.  Chateaux de Lascaux 2006 from the Languedoc, with a galloping horse on

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Particularly Alsace

After the anticipation, the tasting.  Ten members of Andover Wine Friends gathered to try two of Alsace’s great white grape varieties followed by a simple supper.  We settled quickly to the task after a taste of Aureus, Cremant de Loire, a bottle-aged single vintage Chardonnay, 2002.  Toasty, decent acidity if slightly milder than much Champagne,

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Party wines

One of the risks of going to parties is the range of competent but dull wines you may encounter.  Things look up however if the party is thrown by a member of a wine club and lots of the wine club are there.  While no one would expect rare or valuable bottles, finding interesting party

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