Posts Tagged ‘Dried fruit’

Rugby Rugged Rioja

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Does anyone have spare tickets to the Led Zeppelin concert? Its killing me that they’re doing so few shows… Just wondering.

willy-willy1.jpgAnyhow – I need to introduce some of you to the Conde Alegre 2006 : this beauty of a Spaniard smacks of Virginia chewing tobacco, prosciutto and has a sweet dried-fruit essence, like dried dates.

Also, just to settle the score for any Americans who wish to order this in Europe, the pronunciation is re-ock-a and not ri-oh-ha.

Though the Spaniards may not show much handling on the Rugby field, this gives amazing play on on the palate.

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Bellingham 2005, The Maverick Viognier

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

bellingham.JPGRich straw colour with a bouquet of fresh cut nectarines, tinned peaches, and perhaps even a touch of ginger spice, leave this in the back-line with plenty speed, lively character and yet a sharp and tough character. Both tropical and spicy with bright acidity, refreshing fruit and a full bodied palate, this is a perfectly integrated , which is greatly educational if, like me, you haven’t had much as a predominant varietal. A great ambassador, and a definite player on the South African side.

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