Saturday, 12 September 2009

Let's grow cabbage in a desert

Well, here's a good idea: plant Pinot Noir in La Mancha. Yes, the world's favourite cool climate red grape in one of the hottest wine growing region's around. Even better, they're also allowing white wine producers to grow Riesling there. Brilliant.

While there are areas of altitude, of cooler microclimate, in La Mancha, it's a bit like Champagne allowing Malbec in the blend. Ah, if only it were fashionable. I'm tempted to hold judgement on the possible La Mancha Rieslings but I won't. We all know they're going to be pants.

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Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Even more Champagne disgrace

Have I made my point yet? Katie Price drinks Champagne after divorce

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Wednesday, 2 September 2009

More Champagne disgrace

Regarding my previous post on Champagne: Mel B enjoys Champagne-fuelled holiday says it all, really.

I'm so depressed by this I wish the Communist International had a frigate.

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Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Shock: winery owner upset by medal result seeks to tarnish wine competitions

what confounded Hodgson was winning a gold medal for his Sangiovese and entering the same wine in another contest and coming up empty handed

Poor dear. Not content with winning one gold medal, he couldn't understand why he didn't get more. Which is perhaps a little unfair to him, but underlines a couple of points when he tries to prove that winning a gold medal is a bit of a lottery:

1 - Wine competitions (and I speak from personal experience) tend to upset producers more than make them happy. Which, from a consumer point of view, must be a good thing.

2 - Wine tasters are nothing if not consistent. Sacre-dieu. Yes, they are human. Perhaps the one good thing that will come out of this is that people will gain a little more confidence in their own tasting ability. The thing is, though, that while professional wine tasters may not get it correct all the time, they get it more correct than anyone else.

3 - Hodgson comes to the conclusion that people, not medals, sell wine. Which is true, up to a point. Unfortunately, he's talking about sommeliers and distributors. I am likely to remain permanently sceptical as to the lack of bias in wine recommendations coming from people whose job it is to sell it.

4 - Hodgson, not unreasonably, concludes that gold medal wines should be 'taken with a grain of salt'. That depends on the competition, to be honest. But if the competition publishes its list of judges, and you rate some of them, at least give the wine a go. Some judges are remarkably consistent.

It's the time of year when major UK wine competitions announce their results [coincidence?], and its the season of complaining wine producers and agents. It shows that at least someone is on the consumers' side.

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