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At the 10th December the 9th and last edition for 2011 of Cellartales International WineRoundTable took place at the Lebanese Restaurant “Hanul lui Manuc” in the old center of Bukarest. A splendid place with warm and welcoming people. Chef Mohammed and the crew spoiled us once more with excellent, indigenous food, perfect service and also a closer look into the kitchen. Thanks a lot for that folks ! Who thought that spicy, oriental food is a difficult counterpart for wine was disabused today. First we intended to have a special dish for every wine but the Chef told .....

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Better late than never ! The “International WineRoundTable Edition No.7” is already in the planning stage and I haven’t closed so far the last one … Well, we have been extremely busy lately (that’s a good thing) and therefore I let slight a little bit CellarTales and a lot of interesting wines lined up (that’s a bad thing). But I will do my very best to compensate the lost time. So, what we have had for our “International WineRoundTable Edition No.6” ? A very colored tasting with ups and downs, surprises and disappointments and a lot of different .....

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An “Imperial” annual closure …

January 7, 2011

Finally, so to say on the last day of 2010 we managed to bring enough gourme(n)ts together “to kill” a big bottle which has been since longer time on my radar screen. Of course we have had also a marvellous dinner next to this and as I always say – every good cook needs inspiration. So we got ours from a very nice, traditional Claret and last but not least we learned, that a good year for reds doesn’t necessarily mean a good vintage for whites as well …
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“Santa Claus” wine-tasting part II

December 14, 2010

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
— Reserva brut nature Privat Laieta Spain D.O. Cava Chardonnay 0,75 l natural cork 12 vol.% dry white (sparkling) III

I always like to start a wine-tasting with something really elated, stimulating and therefore, if possible, sparkling. For me there’s no better equilibration for one’s palate than with a really dry sparkling wine. To avoid and to prevent boredom I am always on the search for a .....

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Herencia de Remondo Reserva 1995

March 11, 2010

29.01.2010
A very fine vintage for Riojas. This one shows an absolutely clear purple red with soft red-brown tints at the margin. Its nose appears still very young and rich, but typical Rioja. Plums, orange-peel, cacao, some bananas, new leather and forest floor. After some aeration it develops almost a pinot-noir-style with redberries, earthy aromas and soft hints of pieplant – great. At the palate we find a similar impression. A vibrant acidity in combination with fine-grained, lively tannins imparts juvenility and make it hard to believe, that this wine is already 15 years old. Its very well structured and .....

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La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 1994

March 5, 2010

01.01.2010
The Bodega La Rioja Alta is one of THE traditionalists in the Rioja Region. This Reserva shows a typical, absolutely clear vermillion-red with orange reflects – terrific!
A genius Rioja-nose of old, warm leather, orange-peels, earthy, smoky, also a bit sweaty with bitter-almonds and cedarwood. At the palate fine and endless elegant but still with a good acidity and healthy tannins. Very long aftertaste. Classic Rioja. Wines from this producer are normally a safe buy. I am since many, many years a very big fan of those wines (try if you can wines out of the 60’s or 70’s). They are .....

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International Wine-Roundtable – Edition IV

February 22, 2010

17.07.2009, Restaurant “MAX”, Sibiu/Hermannstadt, Romania

 
Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):   Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
2006 “Tradition” Silvaner trocken Weingut Störrlein Germany Franconia Silvaner 0,75 l natural cork 12.0 vol.% dry white II

Silvaner (or Sylvaner) is an ancient white variety, for which the german region of Franconia is very famous for. A very fresh and shiny light yellow-golden colour with a wonderful typical „Silvaner-nose“. Yellow apples, overripe melons and pears and thereto some melted butter with slight .....

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International Wine-Roundtable – Edition II

February 22, 2010

03.04.2009, Restaurant “MAX”, Sibiu/Hermannstadt, Romania

 
Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):   Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
2007 Pazo Barrantes Bodegas Pazo Barrantes (Marques de Murietta) Spain Rias Baixas Albariño 0,75 l natural cork 12.0 vol.% dry white III

The indigenous variety Albarino is one of the most celebrated spanish white-wine stars – especially from this producer. Its fruity and light-bodied character fits perfectly to spring and summer dishes. The present one has a light and shiny yellow colour .....

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