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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 .....


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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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

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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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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