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

November 8, 2010

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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

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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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Tapas

July 12, 2010

I think all of you experienced at least one time the mood „ I would like to have something to eat but I don’t know what”. Especially when you are drinking a wine.
I’ve been also recently in this mood, and my thoughts flew away to the nice vacation we’ve had in Spain, staying in a beautiful old village near the Rioja region. And of course, to the Spanish food. As we were running in Haro to buy some old Spanish wines, we stopped to eat some tapas, those small and nice arranged snacks, excellent prepared and really .....

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R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia white 1934

May 31, 2010

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Knowing already some (very good) white wines (vintage 1987, 1989, 1990) of Heredia, I have been more than just curious, how this one would be. The birthday of a good friend has been more than a welcome reason to find it out. Are old wines like this really still drinkable or even a pleasure ? In one of my earlier posts I already predicted for the 89er a big potential for a couple of decades more. Knowing this wine now, I want to reinforce that statement. Because this 34er has been simply SUPERNATURAL ! It appears almost .....

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