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CellarTales International Wineroundtable Edition No.8

by Oliver Bauer on 12 December 2011 · 0 comments

At the 1th of November we met at the well-known Restaurant Mandragora in Bucharest, to enjoy some older BDX’s together with some other wines. But the special thing concerning this evening hasn’t been just the wine, because finally we found inPaul Peter Kopij a Chef who showed himself ready to prepare us also a special dinner which accompanied and complemented this tasting in a perfect way. So I sent Paul a couple of days in front of the tasting the wine list for him to think about a matching food part. And this “crazy guy” did think and what came .....

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The second day we began with different Sauvignon Blanc’s from all over the world:
Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies): Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
n.v. Symphonie en “P” de ClérosteinCaves de CleebourgFranceAlsacePinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc 0,75 l natural cork 12.50 vol.% brut (sparkler) white III

To calibrate our palates for the tasting we started with a nice and refreshing Crémant from the Alsace region (thanks Angela & Ghislain). This sparkler with its straw-yellow, soft green-tinged color and mildly nose of peaches and .....

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CellarTales International Wineroundtable Edition No.7 Part I

November 26, 2011

This time we decided not just to gather a bunch of the usual suspects for a single evening tasting but to extend the event and to enjoy all together in the splendid environment of Hotel Belvedere in Baile Govora over two days of interesting wines an “handmade food”. For the first evening I assembled unusual/underrated growths and paired them with special food and/or served them in unusual conditions like for example well chilled red wine.
We started with homemade Tapas and other small delicacies paired with well chilled, dry Sherry-wines :
Year: Wine: Producer: .....

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1990 “Maurizio Zanella” Ca’del Bosco – cork devil and the ravages of time …

October 9, 2010

09.10.2010
Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):    Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1990 Maurizio Zanella Ca’ del Bosco Italy Lombardy Cabernet Sauvignon (45%) Merlot (30%), Cabernet Franc (25%) 0,75 l natural cork 13 vol.% dry red IV

My first very positiv experience with this celebrated wine has been years ago in Munich during a “Gambero Rosso 3 Glasses” tasting. Since then I am trying to get as often as possible what we got there in our glasses. Noble, elegant and .....

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1998 Barolo “ Vigneto Prapò ”, Schiavenza – a model student of Piemont

October 8, 2010

08.10.2010
Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies): Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1998 Barolo “ Vigneto Prapò ” Schiavenza Italy Piemont Nebbiolo 0,75 l natural cork 14.5 vol.% dry red IV

To enjoy a mature “single vineyard” Barolo out of a great year is always something full of suspense. Will it answer to your high expectations ? Some months ago we have had the “smaller” brother of this one here and the opinions about this wine have been ambivalent. .....

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Barolo Schiavenza 1998

May 10, 2010

28.02.2010
Barolo – one of the strongest names in the wine business of Italy. Unfortunately and similar to the Burgundy region in France, lights and darks are very close together. Here you can find almost every level of the wine hirarchy. From a “revelation of wine” to very expensive red disappointments. And never mind high prices. They are no safe sign for quality whatsoever. So in the end there is just one possibility to find out more about those wines. You have to try them. The present one showed a clear and ripe, ruby-red colour with a beginning brown .....

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