I forgot to mention the other day that the Tuscan winemakers at my house the other night were extremely impressed with the 2005 Giscours we drank. They loved the wine’s balance and fruitiness, along with its ripe, polished and velvety tannins.
I mentioned last Friday that Francois Thienpont of the well-known Bordeaux clan had been hanging with me for a few days in Tuscany. It's fun to get a well-regarded French vintner's view of the Tuscan wine scene.
Does anyone out there care that I tasted a couple of 2007 barrel samples from Bordeaux? Yes. I tasted them in my kitchen Wednesday morning. It was about 30 minutes after my cappuccino and sweet roll at my local bar called Bar Marisa.
I was lucky enough to drink two first-growths in the last 24 hours – 1996 Lafite and 1982 Latour. The first bottle was the last one in my cellar, and I had a blowout dinner at home for some friends from Bordeaux and a number of Tuscan wine producers.
Some countries still remain off the wine radar screen for most people, even though they may be making some awesome wines. One that comes to mind is Israel. What a place! Some winemakers there are making some heartfelt, soulful wines.
Where’s the strangest place you have ever found a very good cellar? I knew a guy about 20 years ago who spent a lot of his free time during the war in Vietnam discovering old wine cellars in hotels full of great bottles of Bordeaux from the 1950s and 1960s.
Does good wine taste great when you drink it somewhere you don’t expect to drink it? Yes. Oh yes. Definitely yes. I went to a small restaurant in the suburbs of Havana a couple of nights ago, La Paila, and we came across a bottle of 2004 Bodegas Mauro Viño de la Tierra de Castilla y León.
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