Please, join me on Tuesday the 26th of November for a vertical tasting of one of the Attila Gere flagship wine: KOPAR
I will open the bottles from 2015, 2011, 2009 and 2007 vintages.
Attila Gere is an undoubted Star of Villany’s winemakers.
The warmest region of Hungary, famous from it’s big, full-bodied reds.
Only 12 spots are available.
Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/big-reds-kopar-by-attila-gere-vertical-tasting-tickets-80442101491
This time we will compare two Austrian Red Grape Variety: Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt.
Biodynamic producers from Burgenland and maybe some more.
Only 12 seats.
Tuesday the 27th, I will run another monthly wine tasting here at The Blue Anchor Wine Bistro, Wine Bar or whatever you’d like to call it 😉
This month I will show you, how beautiful could be a Riesling variety from the Mosel Valley in Germany.
In my opinion, it is the best expression of this variety.
Only 12 spots available and not even one more.
Link to tickets here https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/riesling-from-mosel-mini-class-tickets-68191810541
I would like to invite to another workshop which I will run on Tuesday the 23rd of April.
This time it will be with a collaboration with very well known wine shop: The Corkscrew Wine Merchants, which is placed at 4 Chatham Street, Dublin 2.
Wine list will be confirmed soon. It will be a great opportunity to taste still rare product as Polish Wines on the Irish market.
Start at 6 pm. Circa 2 hours and we will taste at least 6 labels from the best Polish producers.
Tickets here: https://goo.gl/Qwc8pM
The third edition of Polish Wine Tasting.
This time during the workshop I will focus more deeply on two Winery from Lower Silesia Voivodship in Poland.
“Winnica Jakubów” and “Winnice Wzgórz Trzebnickich”.
Please join me on Saturday the 23rd of February. 6 pm at the back of Legit Coffee Co.
This also will be the soft opening of my little Wine Bistro.
Please, join me from 9 pm
Only 9 spots are available for a wine workshop.
Tickets: €58 p/p + booking fee
Who doesn’t like bubbles? We all Love the Fizzy Wines:)
But who knows what’s the difference between Champagne, Cava or Prosecco?
If you like to:
– taste 9 different types of sparkling wines,
– find out where they came from,
– how they have been produced,
– or just find out your favorite one…
Book your ticket to the “Big Sparkling Workshop”
Also, You will be able to win a nice bottle of Fizzy Wine.
I postponed the workshop to Sunday the 27th of January 2019.
Tickets €48 + booking fee available via Eventbrite.ie
This will be very subjective post. My personal preferences and my taste.
If somebody will not agree with-please write a comment below 😉
But, let’s start at the end. If you are beginner in the wine knowledge or just having a wine time to time, please – don’t be hesitate to visit a speciality wine shop and look for an assistant with your next wine’s shopping.
The guys who work there, have a knowledge and ability to help you each time when you visit the shop.
To the point.
I bought 3 (three) bottles of Vinho Tinto (red, table wine) all from Douro Valley in 3 (three) different Irish shops.
All of them are young, very simple, entry level or basic labels of producers from DOC DOURO (North of Portugal).
All of them are very similar with varietal content: Tinto Roriz, Touring Nacional, Touring Franca, Tinto Barroca.
There are most important and very popular grapes in Portugal.
On the assumption that entry level Douro reds should be: red fruit forward in nose, similar in taste with medium to full body, high acidity and with hint of spices in finish, I was looking for those factors.
For my own fun or to be more objective, I wrapped bottles into a thin foil and I did a blind tasting.
(if you looking on the photos-I tasted wines from left to right)
All of them had a deep, purple red colour, high acidity, and predominant red fruits in aroma, like strawberries.
Alcohol ABV: 13-13,3%
First bottle: Caves do Monte-Vinhos – Alma da Vinha Douro DOC 2013 (LIDL about €8)
High in tannin, not very well integrated with fruits. I had a filing like drinking a cranberry juice. The fruit were hidden under acidity and tannins.
(2013 not a greates vintage in Douro – harvesttime rains spoiled a bid for exceptional quality)
Middle bottle: Vincente Faria Vinhos – Animus Douro DOC 2015 (ALDI about €8)
Sweet strawberry and wild red fruits in nose. On the palete, Strawberries, Wild Strawberries some Blueberries, soft tannins, little bit fuller body than previous wine. Nice, pleasant finish.
I enjoyed that glass.
Last bottle: Quinta do Crasto – Crasto Douro DOC 2015 (Wines Direct €16)
Dark, bramble fruits in nose. I was expecting the same in taste. What a disappointment. High acidity, and again red fruits like cranberry. Dry tannins and short finish.
The winner is easy to announce: Animus 2015 by Vincent Faria.
To be honest, I know his wines and there where always good quality bottles. But in other hand, I knew the Quinta do Crasto reserva and I was hoping that entry level wine will be good also.
Over all, back to the begging: which is best to buy? Go for €8 bottles from Aldi and enjoy nice example of entry level DOURO red wines 🙂
For better bottles-better go to specialist shops like Wines Direct as you will not find a good examples of huge red in supermarkets.
Thanks and Sláinte