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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 .....


Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):  Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1994 Vina Pomal Reserva Bodega Bilbainas Spain Rioja Tempranillo (85%), Graciano + Mazuelo (15%) 0,75 l natural cork 12 vol.% dry red III

This winery I visited the first time during my study times when we visited several Bodegas in the Rioja region. But this one has been special. In the beginning the majority of our group was quite shocked and disturbed by their old cellars (or better said .....


1997 Gran Reserva “904” La Rioja Alta – underestimated “Spaniards” ?

November 8, 2010

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies): Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1997 Grand Reserva “904″ La Rioja Alta Spain Rioja Tempranillo (90%), Graciano (10%) 0,75 l natural cork 13 vol.% dry red IV

A couple of days ago I read some comments (in different blogs) from vintothek owners, that Spanish wine “is heading south” what means, that it’s becoming more and more difficult to sell growths from the Iberian peninsula. Of course there are some (expensive) exceptions but in .....

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1991″Vina Tondonia Reserva”(white), Lopez de Heredia vs. 1981 “Vina Real Reserva”, CVNE – Rioja classics !

October 15, 2010

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies) Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1991 Vina Tondonia Reserva (white) Lopez de Heredia Spain Rioja Viura (90%), Malvasia (10%) 0,75 l natural cork 12 vol.% dry white III

Inspired by the last wine-tasting (Coulée de Serrant) I wanted urgently to verify my latest statement concerning the similarities of those two classic whites. To stay at least in the same decade I chose a ‘91er, their actual vintage on the market … ! Of .....

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Herencia de Remondo Reserva 1995

March 11, 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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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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