ely wines for Summer #010 – Final part!

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Here goes a recap on some of the wines we’ve featured over the last couple of weeks. I’ve attached the list of wines below- hopefully you had an opportunity to try at least some of them. If you haven’t, don’t worry- there is plenty of time left in this summer, and many of these wines are ely favourites, so they might be around into autumn.

What will I be drinking for the rest of the summer- well, in moderate quantities (obviously) and in no particular order…

German Riesling must be the ultimate summer wine, low in alcohol, crisp, fresh and with perfect fruit/acid balance. My #1 choice.

Italian whites – Italy is producing some wonderful white wines from native varieties which have far more character than you may have come to expect from Italian whites. Look out for-Pinot Bianco, Gavi, Lugana, Soave, Vermentino, Verdicchio, Falanghina, Fiano, Greco and Grillo.  And when you’ve done them, try Favorita, Erbaluce, Fruliano, Grechetto, Pecorino, Inzolia, Catarratto and Zibibbio. When you done with all of them, give me a shout and I’ll list some more!

Look east! We are finally starting to see more and more wines from Eastern Europe on our shelves, and some are mighty impressive. For whites in particular look to Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia and Greece.

Lighter reds . Sounds obvious for summer, but where to look? Well start with the stunning Pinots from Germany and Northern Italy- there is one of each listed below.  Beaujolais may be struggling to regain the reputation it once had, but that is usually when they start making their best wines- a simple Beaujolais villages , served cool, in the garden with lunch or a light dinner makes for a perfect summer evening.

Sherry, Sherry,Sherry. Did I mention Sherry? It may still have its detractors, but its (fanatical) followers are getting louder and louder. Fino or Manzanilla, well chilled, with some straight-forward nibbles – olives, cured meats etc.  – is a match made in winey heaven.

ely wines for summer 2014:

Paparuda Pinot Noir, Timisoara, Romania 2012

Raphael Palacios ‘Bolo’ Godello, Valdeorras, Spain 2013

Wagner Stempel Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany 2013

Franz Haas Pinot Nero, Alto-Adige, Italy 2010

Nyetimber English 2009 Classic Cuvee

Domaine Decelle-Villa Cote de Brouilly, Burgundy, France 2012

Cullen Sauvignon Blanc Semillon ‘Mangan Vineyard’, Margaret River, Western Australia 2011

G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d’Alba, Langhe, Piemonte 2012

Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet, Coteaux du Languedoc 2013

Taittinger Champagne NV, France

Broglia la Meirana Gavi di Gavi, Italy 2013

Les Deux Cols ‘Cuvee Alize’ Cotes du Rhone, France 2012

Lucien Crochet ‘Le Chene’ Sancerre 2012

Domaine de Millet rosé Cotes de Gascogne 2013

Wagner Stempel Spätburgunder, Rheinhessen, Germany 2012

Hernando y Souridais ‘Antidoto’ Ribera del Duero, Spain 2011

Meursault ‘Les Vireuils’ Domaine Chavy-Chouet 2010

Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009

Join us for an ely wine tasting evening and learn more about wines.

Each week a guest speaker will present a selection of wines from the given region and we’ll serve up a supper dish to match. All wine tastings take place at ely bar & brasserie and start at 7pm. See more at http://www.elywinebar.ie/about/wine-apreciation/ely-wine-tastings

 

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ely wines for Summer 2014 #005

Now this is what we call a summer! To celebrate some truly glorious weather we have chosen something very special, a little summertime treat if you will, and an outstanding everyday white which will suit all budgets, occasions and company! Enjoy!

Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet, Coteaux du Languedoc 2013
picpoulThe Languedoc region in the south of France would not be the first place you’d think of to find a wonderfully crisp and refreshing white, but that is exactly what you get with Picpoul de Pinet. Produced from a grape of the same name- Picpoul- this is sometimes referred to as this generation’s Muscadet, and it’s pretty easy to see why. These are not massively complex, multi-layered wines; these are simple, fresh, racy wines with lovely citrus acidity and a refreshing dryness. It is perfect with simple seafood- think oysters, mussels etc. Best served with sunshine!

 

 

Taittinger Champagne NV, France

taittingerFeel like treating yourself? Go ahead, you probably deserve it!
Champagne Taittinger is one of the very last of the family run Grand Marque Champagne houses, and also one of the very best. Their reputation is based an outstanding range of Chardonnay dominated wines, from the NV all the way to the utterly sublime Comtes de Champagne – one of my all time favourite wines!
They are also the official Champagne of a little football competition happening right now in Brazil or somewhere, so the new look bottle is emblazoned with 3d holograms of footballs and trophies. But it’s what’s inside the bottle that really counts. Because of the higher proportion of Chardonnay (40% with the two Pinots making the other 60%) this wine is all about elegance, freshness and finesse. The nose delivers white peach and flowers, with just a touch of toasty brioche. The palate shows more apple, lovely citrus acidity and a lightly toasty finish. Champagne may not be an everyday drink, but a day like this deserves it. A day like this deserves Taittinger.

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Join us for an ely wine tasting evening and learn more about wines.
Each week a guest speaker will present a selection of wines from the given region and we’ll serve up a supper dish to match. All wine tastings take place at ely bar & brasserie and start at 7pm. See more at http://www.elywinebar.ie/about/wine-apreciation/ely-wine-tastings

ely wines for Summer 2014 #004

Another week, another two fantastic wines for you to enjoy this summer. These two are for the real wine lovers amongst you, from two of the most interesting and dynamic wineries around today.

Cullen Sauvignon Blanc Semillon ‘Mangan Vineyard’, Margaret River, Western Australia 2011
CullenWhat is there left to say about Cullen and their wines? World leaders in carbon neutral and naturally powered agriculture, Australian pioneers in Biodynamics. On top of all this, they produce some of THE FINEST WINES IN THE WORLD! But I’m sure Vanya Cullen would say that they are all connected. The remarkable health of the vineyards, the quality of the grapes and the purity and precision of the wines are a direct result of the changes Vanya has implemented in the last decade.
This wine is a perfect example of what makes Cullen wines so unique. What at first seems and straightforward Sauvignon Semillon blend turns into something far more interesting- cut grass, lemon and lime on the nose give way to more tropical fruit like white peach on the palate. The Semillon adds weight to the palate, and the perfectly judged use of oak adds a wonderfully distinctive smoky finish. The wine is kept fresh and almost racy by its long, crisp mineral core. If you really like wine, you need to try this. At least once.

G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d’Alba, Langhe, Piemonte 2012
This estate was established in 1972, by Aldo Vajra’s father, Giuseppe Domenico. The vineyards had been in the family since the 1920s, but it was only with the advent of DOC, and the increase in interest for Barolo in the early 1970s, that viticulture became economically viable. GD_vajraAldo has gradually increased the area under vine to the current 40 hectares, ten of which are planted with Nebbiolo for his Barolo, located in such prized vineyards as Bricco delle Viole, Fossati, La Volta and Coste di Vergne. The vineyards are situated about 400 metres above sea level in the village of Vergne, in the commune of Barolo, on the western border of the zone. This is also where he grows his Dolcetto, which is a grape Giuseppe suggested is often considered an ugly duckling in Piedmonte but he likes to think of it as a moody teenager- it needs constant attention and showering with love in order to fulfil its potential. This one certainly does – it possesses a wonderful depth of colour, a fragrance of blue and black berries and a herbal hint on the finish. There is a crisp, dark berry acidity, ripe but firm tannins, and a long, savoury finish.

Check out ely wines for Summer 2014:

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Join us for an ely wine tasting evening and learn more about wines.
Each week a guest speaker will present a selection of wines from the given region and we’ll serve up a supper dish to match. All wine tastings take place at ely bar & brasserie and start at 7pm. See more at http://www.elywinebar.ie/about/wine-apreciation/ely-wine-tastings

ely wines for Summer 2014 #002

After learning all about the delicious Paparuda Pinot Noir from Romania and Raphael Palacios ‘Bolo’ Godello from Spain we continue our weekly series “ely wines for Summer” with two gems that you  should drink this Summer.

Wagner Stempel Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany 2013

ely_restaurants_Wagner_stempelOk, we really need to get together as a wine drinking nation and get over our collective aversion to German wines! Fact- Germany produces some of the finest white wines in the world. Fact- most of them are dry! This is the spiritual home of Riesling, probably the most appealing and intriguing of all white varieties, and nobody can do it like the Germans- wines which so confidently walk the tightrope between ripe fruit and vibrantly cleansing acidity. In fact, the one characteristic most people love about Riesling, and German Riesling in particular, is the purity of flavour.
Wagner Stempel Riesling, which was recently certified organic, is a perfect expression of this trait. Lovely red apple flavours on the nose and palate, matched by perfectly pitched acidity and a long refreshing finish. This wine typifies everything that Riesling should be- pure in flavour, precise in balance and perfectly drinkable. It’s time to rediscover one of the true joys of the wine world.

Franz Haas Pinot Nero, Alto-Adige, Italy 2010

ely_restaurants_franz_haas_pinot_neroItaly is not the first place you’d look to for world class Pinot Noir, in fact, few of us would bother looking there at all. Do they even make any? ……. Nestled away in the Italian Alps, in the far north east of the country are some of the most stunningly beautiful vineyards you are ever likely to see! Snow covered peaks lead down to crystal clear lakes, with rows of perfectly tended vines in between, and the air here is so pure that you begin to remember what fresh air really is. This region is Alto-Adige, and home to the outstanding Franz Haas winery. Franz has long been feted for his whites, which are among the most highly regarded in Italy, but we have chosen his Pinot Nero, which we think is a perfect expression both of this grape, and this region.
This is an incredibly elegant Pinot Noir –delicate flavours of raspberry, cherry and plum combine with hints of cinnamon and clove on the palate to produce a wine that is at once fragrant, complex and silky smooth. Pinot is not about power or concentration, it is about perfume, texture and harmony, and this is a winner on all counts.

Check out ely wines for Summer 2014:

ely wines for Summer #001

ely wines for Summer #002

ely wines for Summer #003

ely wines for Summer #004

ely wines for Summer #005

ely wines for Summer #006

ely wines for Summer #007

ely wines for Summer #008

Join us for an ely wine tasting evening and learn more about wines.
Each week a guest speaker will present a selection of wines from the given region and we’ll serve up a supper dish to match. All wine tastings take place at ely bar & brasserie and start at 7pm. See more at http://www.elywinebar.ie/about/wine-apreciation/ely-wine-tastings

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