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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 .....


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 .....


1994 Vina Pomal Reserva vs. 1994 Gran Reserva Carlos Serres – an one-eyed next to a blind …

March 21, 2011

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 .....

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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 …
Year: Wine: Producer: .....

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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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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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1999 Pesquera Reserva

August 24, 2010

Pesquera and other wines of Alejandro Fernandez like Condado de Haza, El Vinculo, Dehesa la Granja etc. can already be called “classics” even if they are a bit more on the modern side of spanish winemaking. In their youth much rounder and smoother than for example a classic Rioja and in addition to that also very fruity – yes – “fleshy”. Fernandez setted up this new style in the Ribera del Duero region first but others followed his example over the years. And as far as I’m concerned I also really like it, but with age, the wines can .....

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2006 Chardonnay Reserva Vergelegen

June 30, 2010

For me, South Africa is the most interesting “New World” wine country (at least so far). Although it seems ridicolous to me to call a country, where they are making already over 350 years wine the “New World”. Anyway. Here you still can find exceptional qualities and wine styles for very reasonable prices. Still. Because at least for the high qualities, this is going to be changed with seven-league boots. This wine for example increased its price for almost almost 60 % – within one year !!! So let’s hurry up a bit ! Already by pouring .....

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Campillo Reserva 1995

March 11, 2010

Campillo is the premium brand of the family estate Faustino. This Reserva posses a bright, young ruby-red, absolutely clear and with a fine depot. Its bouquet offers again nice, classic pure Rioja. But this time, brown spices like ceddar-wood, vanilla and cinnamon are dominating. Also its straight acidity and its still very notable tannins may frighten an unprepared tongue. This one needs urgently to be aerated. It is still young but also following a different style. What counts here is elegance and finesse. Although the winery gives just aged wine to the market, they still hold a big ageing .....

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