2006 Rosso di Montalcino, Querce Bettina, Tuscany


I heard a lot of things about 2006 being such a good vintage for Montalcino wines. The tone being that even some of the more basic Rosso di Montalcino wines can be considered top notch, rivaling Brunellos from weaker vintages.

Well, I was curious about that statement and bought this recommended 2006 Querce Bettina Rosso di Montalcino hoping it will blow me away for little money (12,90 Eur). I don’t know the winery at all and I am really not a big connoisseur of Italian wines in general, so it’s hard for me to put things into perspective, ie have an opinion about a particular Italian vintage, and even less compared to another vintage. Read the rest of this entry »

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South African wines: a Shortlist

In order to sum-up my wine experiences during my trip to Stellenbosch and the Cape Region of South Africa, here’s a list of white and red wines I enjoyed most. Some of these were already mentioned in previous postings, some others make their first appearance here.

White Wines


2010 Iona Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin. Very crisp and dry. Not much exotic fruit here which is due to the slightly cooler climate of Elgin. But still vibrant and with substance with grass and gooseberry on the fore. One that you could put away for a year. We had it at Ernie Els’ (the famous golfer) restaurant Big Easy, which I can recommend for its beautiful premises and relaxed atmosphere but also for their quality food. Especially the oysters we indulged there went perfectly with the Iona. Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday, Fun-day (3 reds)


Sundays can be days when you want to leave the wine in the cellar, especially because Saturday evenings can be pretty… “rough”. But if the right people come together, there’s no reason not to pull out the corkscrew. And even more so, those happen to be the days when you’re most relaxed and savour the wine as you should! A recent Sunday was such a day – we ended up drinking 3 bottles of red wine from 3 different countries.
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2004 Villa Antinori, Toskana


Die Familie Antinori ist seit über 600 Jahren im Weingeschäft und heute eine unumgängliche Größe in Italien. Der toskanische Villa Antinori ist daher auch nur einer von vielen Weinen im Angebot der Winzer-Dynastie.
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Es handelt sich um einen Verschnitt von Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot und Syrah, der nach der Vergärung ein Jahr in französischer Eiche schlummert.
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VN Ballando 2003, Valdifalco/südl. Toskana (Tenute Loacker)

Ein Rotwein aus dem Hause Loacker (produziert Weine in der Toskana und im Alto Adige). Eine Cuvée aus Cabernet Franc, Merlot und Sangiovese, alle aus ökologischem Anbau. Read the rest of this entry »

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