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Domaine Félines Picpoul de Pinet, 2007, Languedoc, France

Felines Picpoul de PinetI don't recall which wine Rick Stein was drinking at the Mediterranean end of his barge tour through France. Perched on a balcony overlooking the Bassin de Thau there was a large platter of seafood in front of him over looking the sparkling waters.

Well, that's how I recall that particular episode! The wine should have been a chilled bottle of Picpoul de Pinet, the local wine from this sea hugging edge of the Languedoc. Its a classic with sea food; just a perfect match.

But, despite having a tub of fresh seafood in the fridge, a 'really near its use by date' chicken won out and became the food accompaniment for the evening. A free-ranger stuffed with a mix of Goan Red and Wild rice mixed with chopped, fried, liver and onions. A stridently flavoured stuffing.

The wine/food combination was not a bad match by any stretch, the high acidity taking the liver and wild rice stuffing in its stride. The lemony, floral edge was fine with the chicken.

But you just have to ask... what would the partnership with the mixed seafood have been like?

White Wine ReviewWine Tasting Note: Domaine Félines Picpoul de Pinet, 2007, Languedoc, France.
Waitrose £4.99. [More on Adegga]
Fresh, crisp and lively. Lemony, a touch of herb and a mineral edge give this a distinctive flavour. Dry. Alcohol 13%. Medium to full-bodied.

Scribblings Rating - 90/100 [3.75 out of 5]

Roast Chicken with wine

England: Soon too hot for grape growing

The Winelands of Britain:past present and prospective
Increasing summer temperatures could mean some parts of southern England are too hot to grow vines for making wine by 2080, according to 'The Winelands of Britain:past present and prospective'.

The author, Emeritus Professor Richard Selley from Imperial College London, claims that if average summer temperatures in the UK continue to rise as predicted, the Thames Valley, parts of Hampshire and the Severn valley, which currently contain many vineyards, will be too hot to support wine production within the next 75 years.

Instead, Professor Selley says, this land could be suitable for growing raisins, currents and sultanas.

If the climate changes in line with current Met Office predictions, by 2080 vast areas of the UK including Yorkshire and Lancashire will be able to grow vines for wines like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

For the last 100 years 'cool' Germanic grape varieties have been planted in British vineyards to produce wines like Reisling. In the last 20 years some 'intermediate' French grape varieties have been successfully planted in southeast England, producing internationally prize-winning sparkling white wines made from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.

Explaining the significance of his new study, Emeritus Professor Selley from Imperial's Department of Earth Science and Engineering, said:

"My previous research has shown how the northernmost limit of UK wine-production has advanced and retreated up and down the country in direct relation to climatic changes since Roman times.

"Now, with models suggesting the average annual summer temperature in the south of England could increase by up to five degrees centigrade by 2080, I have been able to map how British viticulture could change beyond recognition in the coming years. Grapes that currently thrive in the south east of England could become limited to the cooler slopes of Snowdonia and the Peak District."

Wine Century Club on Spittoon

Scanning the list of grapes on the Wine Century Club sheet it would seem a few gaps exist. The Wine Century Club lists 100 grape varieties to taste either in a blended wine or as a single varietal bottling; it isn't so much the certificate you receive at the completion of the task that appealed more to see if I had actually completed the task here on Spittoon. I'm sure all but a couple of the grape varieties have stained my lips at one point or another, a different proposition in seeing them listed on Spittoon.

A great many wines do not make it for one reason or another to this website but I wanted to ensure the results were traceable; it is here that the gaps emerge.

The list below begins with the Wine Century Club's list, followed by other varieties that have been tasted. Each includes a link to a relevant wine here on Spittoon with the plan to up-date as the archives are trawled. Many, it is notied, could do with a revisit and a new tasting note.

The list actually numbers 186 varieties - ignoring the various odd-ball American hybrid varieties that are unlikely to be available in the UK, but including the additional varieties I might just have made the grade...

Wine Century Club Grape Variety List
  1. Agiorgitiko - Gaia Estate 14-18 Rosé, 2004, Peloponnese, Greece
  2. Aglianico - Cantine Sasso Aglianico del Vulture, 2005, Basilicata, Italy
  3. Airén
  4. Albariño - Fillaboa Seleccion Finca Monte Alto, 2002, Rias Baixas, Spain
  5. Aleatico
  6. Alfrocheiro - Pink Elephant Rosé, 2006, Estremadura, Portugal
  7. Alicante Bouchet - Caiarossa, 2004, Tuscany, Italy
  8. Aligoté
  9. Arinto - Periquita White, 2007, Setabul, Portugal
  10. Arneis
  11. Arvine
  12. Assyrtiko
  13. Auxerrois
  14. Avesso - Quinta de Covela Escolha, 2005, Minho, Portugal
  15. Bacchus - Chapel Down Bacchus Reserve, 2003, England
  16. Baco Noir
  17. Baga
  18. Barbera
  19. Bical
  20. Blaufränkisch - Weingärtner Cleebronn-Güglingen Samtrot Lemberger, 2004, Württemberg, Germany
  21. Bobal
  22. Bombino Bianco
  23. Bonarda
  24. Bourboulenc - Domaine de L'Olivette Blanc, 2006, VdP des Coteaux de Cabrerisse, France
  25. Brachetto
  26. Bual
  27. Cabernet Franc - Domaine de l'Engarran, 2005 Vin de Pays d'Oc, France
  28. Cabernet Sauvignon - Howard Park Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005, Great Southern, Western Australia
  29. Canaiolo - Fattoria di Luiano Chianti Classico 2005, Chianti, Italy.
  30. Carignan - Mas de la Seranne Antonin et Louis, 2003, Coteaux du Languedoc, France.
  31. Carmenère - Palo Alto Reserva, 2006, Maule Valley, Chile
  32. Castelão - Pink Elephant Rosé, 2006, Estremadura, Portugal
  33. Catarratto
  34. Catawba
  35. Charbono
  36. Chardonnay - Protero Gumeracha Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, South Australia.
  37. Chasselas
  38. Chenin Blanc - Bellingham The Maverick Winemaker Chenin Blanc, 2007, Coastal Region, South Africa.
  39. Cinsault - Domaine de l'Engarran, 2005 Vin de Pays d'Oc, France
  40. Clairette
  41. Coda di Volpe
  42. Colombard - Kingfish Chardonnay, 2004, California.
  43. Concord
  44. Cortese - Araldica Madonnina Gavi, 2005, Gavi, Italy
  45. Corvina - Bolla Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2004, Veneto, Italy.
  46. Counoise
  47. Cserzegi Fuszeres
  48. De Chaunac
  49. Delaware
  50. Dolcetto
  51. Dornfelder - Chapel Down English Rose, 2004, England
  52. Erbaluce
  53. Falanghina
  54. Fer
  55. Feteasca Alba - Plantaze Mountain Valley 'K', 2004, Lake Skadar, Montenegro
  56. Fiano - Cantone del Barone Fiano di Avellino, 2001, Campania, Italy.
  57. Folle Blanc
  58. Frappato
  59. Freisa
  60. Furmint - Royal Tokaji Dry Furmint, 2006, Hungary
  61. Gaglioppo
  62. Gamay
  63. Garganega
  64. Gewürztraminer - Franz Haas Manna, 2005, Alto Adige, Italy
  65. Godello - Bodega La Tapada Guitian Godello, 2002, Valdeorras, Spain
  66. Graciano - Vinedos del Contino Graciano, 2001, Rioja, Spain
  67. Grechetto
  68. Greco - Vesevo Greco di Tufo, 2003, Campania, Italy
  69. Grenache/Garnacha - Tendral Crianza, 2004, Priorato, Spain
  70. Grenache Blanc - Domaine de L'Olivette Blanc, 2006, VdP des Coteaux de Cabrerisse, France.
  71. Grignolino
  72. Grolleau
  73. Gros Manseng - Thierry and Guy Le Freak Sauvignon Blanc Gros Manseng, 2005, VdP de Côtes de Gasgogne, France
  74. Grüner Veltliner - Felsner Grüner Veltliner, 2005, Kremstal, Austria.
  75. Hárslevelü
  76. Hondarrabi Zuri
  77. Inzolia
  78. Irsay Oliver
  79. Kadarka
  80. Kerner
  81. Lagrein
  82. Lambrusco
  83. Len de L'el
  84. Lladoner Pelut
  85. Loureiro - Afros Loureiro Vinho Verde, 2004, Portugal
  86. Macabeo - Miret Brut Reserva Cava, NV, Penedes, Spain
  87. Malagousia
  88. Malbec - Woodlands Cabernet Merlot, 2004, Margaret River, Western Australia
  89. Malvasia
  90. Malvasia Nera - Fattoria Mantellassi Morellino de Scansano, 2006, Tuscany, Italy.
  91. Maréchal Foch
  92. Marsanne - Domaine de L'Olivette Blanc, 2006, VdP des Coteaux de Cabrerisse, France
  93. Marzemino
  94. Mauzac
  95. Mavrodapne
  96. Melon de Bourgogne
  97. Merlot - Montagnac Merlot, 2006, Vin de Pays d'Oc, France
  98. Meunier
  99. Molinara
  100. Monica
  101. Montepulciano - Salcheto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, 2002, Tuscany, Italy
  102. Mourvèdre - Thierry Rodriguez Mas Gabinele, 2002, Faugeres, Languedoc, France
  103. Müller Thurgau
  104. Muscadelle - Château Laures Blanc, 2006, Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, France
  105. Muscat Blanc - Le Moulin des Nonnes Cuvée Inés, 2004, Minervois, France
  106. Muscat of Alexandria - Periquita White, 2007, Setabul, Portugal
  107. Muscat Ottonel
  108. Nebbiolo - Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo Langhe, 2002, Piedmont, Italy.
  109. Negroamaro - Aliante Negroamaro di Puglia, 2001, Puglia, Italy
  110. Nerello Mascalese
  111. Nero D'Avola - Cusumano Benuara, 2003, Sicily, Italy.
  112. Niagara
  113. Norton
  114. Palomino
  115. Parellada - Miret Brut Reserva Cava, NV, Penedes, Spain
  116. Pedro Ximénez - Perez Barquero Gran Barquero Pedro Ximenez, NV, Montilla, Spain
  117. Petite Arvine
  118. Petit Manseng - Thierry and Guy Le Freak Sauvignon Blanc Gros Manseng, 2005, VdP de Côtes de Gasgogne, France.
  119. Petit Verdot - Caiarossa, 2004, Tuscany, Italy
  120. Petite Sirah - L A Cetto Petite Sirah, 2004, Baja California, Mexico
  121. Picpoul Blanc - Domaine Félines Picpoul de Pinet, 2007, Languedoc, France
  122. Picpoul Noir
  123. Piedrosso
  124. Pigato
  125. Pignolo
  126. Pineau D'Aunis
  127. Pinot Blanc - Chapel Down Pinot Reserve Sparkling, 2001, England
  128. Pinot Gris - Gabbiano Pinot Grigio, 2007, Venezie, Italy
  129. Pinot Noir - La Crema Pinot Noir, 2005, Sonoma Coast, California
  130. Pinotage - Spier Wine Estate Private Collection Pinotage, 2002, Stellenbosch
  131. Plavac Mali
  132. Portugieser
  133. Prosecco - Bisol Jeio Prosecco Brut, 2005, Veneto
  134. Refosco
  135. Roditis
  136. Riesling - Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spätlese, 2002, Rheingau, Germany.
  137. Rkatsiteli
  138. Rondinella - Bolla Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2004, Veneto, Italy.
  139. Roussanne - Domaine Piccinini Clos l'Angély, 2004, Minervois, France.
  140. Ruby Cabernet
  141. Ruché
  142. Sagrantino
  143. Sangiovese - Caiarossa, 2004, Tuscany, Italy
  144. Saperavi
  145. Sauvignon Blanc - Howard Park Sauvignon Blanc, 2007, Western Australia
  146. Savagnin
  147. Savatiano
  148. Scheurebe - Lang Samling 88 Berrenauslese, 2002, Austria.
  149. Schiava
  150. Schioppettino
  151. Schönburger
  152. Semillon - Château Laures Blanc, 2006, Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, France
  153. Sercial
  154. Seyval Blanc - Chapel Down English Rose, 2004, England
  155. Silvaner
  156. St. Laurent
  157. Syrah/Shiraz - Bundaleer Sparkling Shiraz, NV, Southern Flinders Ranges, South Australia
  158. Tannat - Pizzorno Merlot/Tannat,, 2004, Canelon Chico, Uruguay
  159. Tempranillo - Bodega La Legua Capricho, 2003, Cigales, Spain
  160. Teroldego
  161. Tinta Amerela
  162. Tinta Barroca - Cape Heights Limited Release Tinta Barroca, 2005, Western Cape, South Africa
  163. Tinta Negra Mole
  164. Tinto Cão
  165. Tocai Fruilano
  166. Torrontés
  167. Touriga Franca - Altano Reserva, 2000, Douro, Portugal.
  168. Touriga Nacional - Duque de Viseu Tinto, 2002, Dão, Portugal
  169. Trebbiano/Ugni Blanc
  170. Uva di Troia
  171. Valdiguié
  172. Verdejov
  173. Verdelho - Esk Valley Estate Black Label Verdelho, 2006, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
  174. Verdicchio - La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica, 2006, Marche, Italy
  175. Vermentino - Cecchi Litorale Vermentino, 2004, Tuscany, Italy
  176. Vernaccia
  177. Vidal
  178. Vignoles
  179. Vilana
  180. Viognier - Protero Gumeracha Viognier, 2005, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
  181. Welschriesling - Feiler-Artinger Ruster Ausbruch, 2001, Neusiedlersee, Austria
  182. Xarel-Lo - Cellar Cal Pla Mas D'En Compte Blanco, 2006, Priorat, Spain
  183. Xynomavro
  184. Zinfandel/Primitivo - Tusk 'n Red, 2004, Mendocino County, California
  185. Zweigelt - c.
Additional Grape Variety List
  1. Nouvello - Arabella Sauvignon Blanc - Nouvello, 2008, Stellenbosh, South Africa
  2. Mencia - Martin Códax Martín Sarmiento, 2004, Bierzo, Spain
  3. Mazuelo - Tendral Crianza, 2004, Priorato, Spain
  4. Durif - Campbells The Barkly Durif, 1997, Rutherglen, Australia.
  5. Carel.lo - Miret Brut Reserva Cava, NV, Penedes, Spain
  6. Parellada - Miret Brut Reserva Cava, NV, Penedes, Spain
  7. Corvinone - Bolla Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2004, Veneto, Italy.
  8. Jaen - Duque de Viseu Tinto, 2002, Dão, Portugal
  9. Alfrocheiro - Duque de Viseu Tinto, 2002, Dão, Portugal
  10. Albillo - el Furioso Albillo, 2003, Castilla y Leon, Spain.
  11. Fernao Piras - Quinta da Alorna Portal da Águia, 2005, Ribatejo, Portugal
  12. Juan Garcia - Bodegas Ribera de Pelazas Abadengo, 2003, Vinos de La Tierra Arribes del Duero, Spain.
  13. Sauvignon Gris - Cousiño-Macul Sauvignon Gris, 2006, Maipo Valley, Chile.
  14. Samtrot - Weingärtner Cleebronn-Güglingen Samtrot Lemberger, 2004, Württemberg, Germany
  15. Verdiso - Bisol Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Crede, 2005, Veneto
  16. Bacchus - Chapel Down Bacchus Reserve, 2003, England
  17. Malvasia Bianco - Piana del Sole Tamerici Sauvignon Blanc, 2002, Salento, Italy
  18. Maturana Tinta - Dioniso Ruiz Ijalba, 2002, Rioja, Spain
  19. Grillo - Tria Grillo, 2002, Sicily, Italy
  20. Lacrima - Stefano Mancinelli Lacrima di Morro di Alba, 2003, Piedmont, Italy.
  21. Caladoc - Xavier Vignon Debut, NV, Vin de Table, France
  22. Marselan - Xavier Vignon Debut, NV, Vin de Table, France
  23. Vranac - Plantaze Mountain Valley 'V', 2003, Lake Skadar, Montenegro
  24. Madeleine Angevine - Hendred Vineyard Runnington Hill, 2001, Oxfordshire. England
  25. Neuberger - Feiler-Artinger Ruster Ausbruch, 2001, Neusiedlersee, Austria
  26. Tressallier - Saint-Poureain Reserve Speciale, 2003, Loire France.
  27. Melnik - Damianitza Uniqato Melnik, 2003, Bulgaria
  28. Wildbacher - Jaunegg Blauer Wildbacher, 2001, Styria, Austria
  29. Rabo de Ovelha - Casa Santos Quinta das Setencostas Branco, 2003, Alenquer, Portugal
  30. Mandeleria - Creta Olympias Mirambello, 2002, Crete, Greece
  31. Kotsifoli - Creta Olympias Mirambello, 2002, Crete, Greece
  32. Pinot Meunier - Clover Hill Sparkling, 2000, Tasmania, Australia.
  33. Chasan - Cellier de Pezens A Fleur de Sens, 2003, VdP des C�tes de Lastours, France
  34. Lacrima - Stefano Mancinelli Lacrima di Morro di Alba, 2003, Piedmont, Italy.
  35. Courbu - Domaine Berthoumieu Pacherene du Vic Bilh Sec, 2003, France
  36. Pecorino - Caldora Colle dei Venti Pecorino 2007, Terre di Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy

Tasting Note Innovation - Wine Recognition System

Johnny Jonas' wine recognition system
Innovation in wine tasting notes is a frequent topic across the wine blogs; little actually seems to develop with a universal attraction and most stick to the tired and tested written description refering to a wines flavour, length and so on. There is an article in this months Drinks Business that should interest all, sadly I can't find the article on their website.

Entitled 'An Artist's Palate' the piece details the work by artist Johnny Jonas. I have a hard enough time keeping up with the luminaries of the wine world let alone the sphere of portrait artists but Jonas has painted such people as the Queen Mother, a Field Marshall and sundry parlimentarians.

He has also developed a 'wine recognition system' that displays a wines flavour though graphical representation. He even refers to each finished piece as a 'portrait', which strikes me as typical artist pompousness but he has managed to encompass the strength of a wines aroma and whether the wine is soft and rounded or crisp and acidic.

The system is now refined and patented worldwide; not convinced myself that it is easy to 'see' the wine as you can in, say, a photograph but then the information being imparted is more specific than a feeling or mood invoked by a picture. The final wine 'portraits' are quite complex but the premise is to display flavour in a graphical form which they certainly do. There is a 'scientific' overtone to the finished image.

The Drinks Business article finishes with an interesting thought:

If Jonas's thinking is just too blue-sky for us busy Westerners, consider for a moment the enormous potential of the Chinese wine market where people have been writing in 'pictures' for centuries."

Midweek Combinations - Nederburg Chardonnay Viognier

Nederburg Chardonnay Viognier 2007Midweek - too tired after a day in the office and too hot after the commute to want to do too much in the kitchen; a dive into the supermarket to grab a bottle and something to throw on to a plate without too much fuss. The wine should be cheap - lacking in energy to think too much about the alcohol we are slurping.

For me that supermarket is Waitrose. The wine is a bottle of £4.99 South African white while the eye is drawn to a tortilla from the new Delicatezze range. Specifically Edamame Bean, Artichoke and Lemon Pesto Tortilla made from free range eggs, which appeared better value than other dishes in the same range; and more substantial too. Add a salad and a meal is made.

Taking little more than 15 minutes in the oven you might need to make use of the quick-chill machine to get the white to non-shelf, drinkable temperature.

White Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Nederburg Chardonnay-Viognier, 2007, Western Cape, South Africa.
Available from Waitrose for £4.99. [More on Adegga]
Crisp and refreshing - a touch acidic perhaps but nicely rounded with peach, melon and floral notes. The Chardonnay has seen some barrel ageing, but the whole is lifted by the lemon floweriness of the Viognier. It's fine and fine summer-garden drinking. Alcohol 13.5%. Fine with the salad-tortilla combination; you don't afterall, want anything you have to think too much about.

Scribblings Rating - 84/100 [3 out of 5]

Waitrose Delicatezze Tortilla with Nederburg Chardonnay-Viognier

Music Changes Perception of Wine

Chilean wine producer Montes, in association with Professor Adrian North of Heriot Watt University in Scotland, has determined that the style of music we listen to whilst drinking wine affects how that wine actually tastes.
"For example, when powerful and heavy music such as rock is heard, wines such as Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon were perceived as tasting 60 per cent more powerful and heavy than when no music is heard. Similarly, when bold and fresh styles of music such as pop were heard, Montes Alpha Chardonnay was perceived as tasting 40 per cent more bold and fresh than when no music is heard.

In conclusion, it can be said that the style of music we listen to whilst drinking wine has a direct correlation on the taste of that wine. In the psychology field this is known as sensory priming.

Some previous music/wine research had noticeable buying pattern changes in supermarkets but this is the first time I have heard of music effecting taste directly.

The research is an extension of Montes wine-making techniques. They apparently play continual Gregorian chants to their wine barrels, believing that the gentle vibrations of the chants aid the maturation and ageing of their wines.

I have some samples of both the wines and the music used in the research coming to me next week; could be interesting!

Sherry via Vinos de Jerez etc...

Vinos de Jerez etc...
One of the advantages of living in a major wine producing country or area is the easy access to the vineyards, to the producers and the ability to keep 'in touch' with developments, check out the latest releases and watch the vintage conditions. Such writers over at Catavino (Spain) and Lenndevours (Long Island, America) have a distinct advantage over the likes of me in the UK.

Granted, the UK does have a wine industry (and I have a vineyard within walking distance of my home, that I have yet to visit!) but it doesn't really rank that highly in global terms. Blogging may be about finding a niche and English wine is certainly that, but generally I don't enjoy the wines that much.

Similar, I expect, to writing on another under-dog of the wine world, Sherry. As there is so much more to the world's most famous fortified wine than Bristol Cream, a delight to discover a blog specialising in the subject. If you have any interest in Sherry than a visit to Vinos de Jerez etc... is suggested.

Penned by Justin Roberts he describes Vinos De Jerez etc... as being

about as fashionable as sherry is at the moment"
about time this changed!

Recent posts have concentrated on comparing two wines of a similar style - two Pedro Ximénez and Tio Pepe vs La Ina for example. Lucky for us that Justin is based in Jerez de la Frontera, a better location for covering Sherry you couldn't hope to find!

Rudesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spatlese, 2002, Rheingau, Germany

Wegeler Rudesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spätlese 2002I understand that many rave about Riesling being the epitome of fine wine making. These people see the poise, quality, long life and expression of terrior while not overshadowing the grapes inherent characteristics, as representing the very best of the classic grapes.

Me? I don't give a monkeys. Dessert wines aside, I just don't like the grape.

I would rather not drink something akin to kerosene (aged Riesling) and when young most taste of little more than lime-splashed sugar water. Some of the mineral and lime Australian dry Rieslings I do enjoy; it might just come down to the European versions (generally) being low in alcohol. This is a bit strange as the weighty wines, often with an inkling of sweetness (thinking Pinot Gris, New World Chard's) are just what I enjoy. Alternatively high acidity as found in New Zealand Sauvignons is another characteristic of Riesling; love the former; ignore the latter. OK, so I WILL drink Rieslings; I just wish I was drinking something else, that's all.

In the spirit of Wine Blogging Wednesday a bottle of German Riesling found its way into the fridge. The Riesling range in Waitrose was rather impressive. Ranging in price from £6.99 up to £15.99 I do wonder how many they actually sell. Good to see a distinct lack of those Germanic scripted labels put down as one of the main reasons for disappointing sales of German wine over the last few years.

White Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spätlese, 2002, Rheingau, Germany.

Stockist: Waitrose Price: £9.99 [More on Adegga]
Rather a surprise in the quality here - nicely judged acidity balanced with a under-ripe pear and lime flavoured lightly sweet palate. Honey on the nose. Fresh crisp acidity and no noticeable kerosene from a wine still young from the 2002 vintage. Alcohol 8%.

The Dr Wegeler estate was founded in 1882 and is now run by the 4th generation of the same family.

Scribblings Rating - 86/100 [3.25 out of 5]

The picture is a little dark (taken late in the evening) but highlights the wines (and sweeter Rieslings in general) affinity with spicy food. The dish is Chili Beef Ramen from the Wagamama Cookbook one of favourite 'oriental' cookbooks. A white wine with beef! Almost as radical as me drinking a German Riesling!