Recent wines tasted on CellarTracker

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Pinot Heaven - 2008 Plunkett Wines Pinot Noir Blackwood Ridge

This is, quite simply an astounding example of its type. Beautiful, delicate ruby red colour (strawberry pink at the rim).

Aroma of ripe fruit, Parma Violets, rich Christmas pud. Initially sweet, delicately spicy, intensely warming and incredibly long flavour that defines top notch New World Pinot Noir. A smoky finish with light tannins.

At 16% abv you have to be careful not to overdo it on this one. Perfect for a summer drinking red, but I would enjoy it equally well sitting by a warm fire in the winter. This would be a perfect accompaniment for summer parties, or for Christmas dinner.


Friday, July 3, 2009

nomnomnom cooking competition

I'm delighted that I was offered the chance (and naturally I volunteered) to help one of the teams competing in the annual nomnomnom cookery competition, entered by pairs of food writers and photographers.

The team that I'm supporting comprises Kai Turner (@kaigani) and Willem van der Horst (@HippoWill), who have an exciting 3-course menu to prepare for 4 people with a budget of £40.

Based on their selected menu I have a few ideas about what to recommend, but will wait until I've agreed it with them (and confirmed some details with the wine suppliers). Watch this space!

The grand final takes place on Sunday 12th July in London. Sadly I won't be able to attend but I have every confidence in "my" team to win!