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All Posts from November, 2006

Poker and Poujeaux

Playing Poker is coming more and more into fashion in Europe, inspired by numerous Hollywood stars playing the game, backed by a numbers of online casinos, and recently also shows on TV commentating poker tournaments.
Of course I couldn’t escape the hype. I’m not a big card player, especially if the rules are complex as it is the case with bridge, but for this last Saturday evening we thought it would be interesting to try it out. Nevertheless, in case we found poker boring, we prevented by buying a nice bottle of wine. So we got this 2001 Chateau Poujeaux, Moulis-en-Médoc at a supermarket, relying on the never disappointing quality of Moulis wines (actually I only had a Chasse-Spleen and Citran before, but I really never got disappointed with these two).
So to make a long story short: the “Texas Hold’ Em” game was fun, the wine was great. Although we were only 3 players we managed to have some interesting hands and thrilling showdowns. We agreed that it would be more fun with 5 players though, since one player always got bankrupted too fast.
Now the wine: the 5 year old Poujeaux was in excellent shape. It had a nice dark colour. Its nose was fruity of blackcurrants, with hints of spices, and some discrete and elegant wood. On the palate it revealed the same features but also hints of liquorice and something fresh and mineral. It was a little harsh at the first sip but really smoothed out nicely with time. The tannins were also really fine and the length was just what you would expect from nice Bordeaux.
Next time we play Poker, hopefully we’ll be 5 or more. But they should all bring a bottle of wine then to last until the final showdown

Categories: Bordeaux,France

Island Vines Red 2004, Paphos and Lemesos, SODAP, Cyprus

I already knew that Greece makes some really good wines. But now I was given the chance to find out that Cyprus, this Island-country were one half is populated by Greek-speaking citizen has also nice wine to offer.
Oskar went there for a short journey and had the opportunity to try some wine on-site. I was very happy he thought of me and brought a bottle back home for me. And the other evening I felt it was time to give it a try.
This “Island Vines”, as it is named, is assembled by SODAP, a cooperative whose goal it is to: “produce modern fruit-driven wines from both indigenous and international’ grapes”. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Cyprus

Kauf das Meisterpaket von Kalkofe!

Hab gerade den Weincasting Blog entdeckt. Hab mich dort über einen guten alten Kalkofe Clip aus den Neunzigern totgelacht. Den muss ich hier natürlich auch einbauen, dass ich ihn immer zur Hand hab. Noch mehr Kalkofe Clips gibts auf Youtube zu sehen.

Categories: Misc

German Chardonnay Blindtasting

This past evening we made a blind tasting of German Chardonnays. Chardonnay isn’t of course a typical German variety; it is rather a Burgundian variety, very famous for its Chablis wines.
Since some years, several German winemakers planted Chardonnay and tried to surf on this internationally popular wave.
These last years also, my father and I tried one German Chardonnay and were very convinced. This made us curious of course if there are more such convincing “Chards” growing here. So we decided to organize some more samples and blind taste them in a nice round. Actually this was our first real blind tasting, honouring the name of this blog: a shame it came that late!
So here’s the plot: we had 5 bottles, Read the rest of this entry »

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