reading about, listening to others talking about it and sometimes tasting 🍷
Haven't opened wine at home for a while.
Been to 'sommelier' which is 🇮🇱's biggest wine exhibition. Hundreds of wines for tasting. It was too much for me... Got stupidity drunk with not enough insights.
Last week went to a smaller festival In a big shop round my neighbourhood. Took it easy and slowly and had a few interesting reds, one more then the rest. Fetched a bottle will update.
Got this white blend ( chardonnay, gewurtzterminer and sauvignon blanc ) while staying at 'vineyards' boutique hotel close to the vineyard (duh).
This was bottled February 2019 and we are on the 17Th February. So straight from the vats it is.
Light pale straw 👁️
Grass, honeycomb, guava, melon, citrus and some herbs 👃
Grapefruit first then some 🍋and lime with tropical bitterness on the background 👄
Low to medium acidity .
Medium (almost light) 🎯
balanced and interesting.
They ripped me off at the hotel (paid 140 instead of 90 nis which is retail price). OK vfm on real price.
Paired ok-ish with traditional israely dinner = sourdough bread, tahini, omelette and a salad.
After 24 hours the wine stayed quite the same. Paired better with some Asian takeaway that included som tam salad, sate tofu curry and some 🍣 — 3 days ago
Dense grey-ish red with significant legs 👁️
Petrol, some leather and dried red fruit with hints of smoked paprika and a variety of peppers 👃
Red fruit attack followed with assorted peppers buffet with some smoke on the background 👄
Medium acidity which helped for taste variation when paired with different things.
Light and pleasantly dry 🎯
Paired with a way too rich brunch it was excellent.
The more spiced food made it dull.
Camembert cheese made it sweet tasty cherry juice.
A balanced and pleasent highly recommended malbec
Very good vfm(80 nis).
24hr later the wine was terrible. So drink up! — 2 months ago
It's syrah season round my house.
After the Australian Shiraz finished we might as well open up a local (Israeli one)
Blacker red dense red with long legs 👁️
Leather and tobbaco attack and whole spice shop with some black fruit shop close by 👃
Spices variety with some ripe black fruit in the background. This is bold! 👄
Soft tannins and medium 🎯
This is hard-core oak treatment and maximum fruit ripeness.
The oz Shiraz I had before felt like a gentlemen and this one was a fighter.
Need to try a rhone classic Shiraz to get some softness now. Or do I? This one makes me all confused about my syrah / Shiraz conception.
Maybe it's all in the vintage? — 2 months ago
My first coth du Rhone.
Cherry red 👁️
Tobbaco, wood and violets 👃
Tart attack first. Very chewy with vanilla, tobacco and hints of pepper and some very ripe cherry on the background. Not really fruity, which is a big change for me.
Medium acidity which is what makes it workable.
Medium with gentle and pleasent tannins 🎯
🍣 and Roma style 🍕aren't recommended pairings.
Nothing to write home about.
It was cheap (around 75 nis) so you rip what you sow.
Need to try a north Rhone syrah to really get to know the Rhone. — 2 months ago
Dense and dark red 👁️
Cherry, pear and some petrol 👃
Lemon tartness at first with some dark red fruit with hints of cloves and nutmeg. After a bit the soft and pleasent wood dryness arrives.
Medium body and a Light dry 🎯
Paired well with tomato pie, Arabic salad with tahini and a variety of latkes.
A pleasant one with good vfm (65 nis as part of a half case of Portuguese variety)
That strong tartness would make it a very gastronomic wine. Would work with everything.
Last try of the different Portuguese varaiety. All were more then decent and dead cheap. — 2 months ago
Purpulish dense red with long legs 👁️
Dark fruit with pepper, cinammon and hints of tobbaco 👃
Zippy and fruity, almost syropy.
Medium acidity. Fruity shit, not too sweet.
Firm but elegant tannins. Medium 🎯
Does what Ozzie Shiraz is supposed to do.
Paired well with a big variety medterrenian dinner.
Thank you Jesus for birth, resurrection and celebration that brings back ex-pat friends equipped with their local wine. — 2 months ago
It's bubble time:
Last time me and the missus had some champagne was a decade ago. We were a new couple spending nye in anatalia, Turkey on a last minute deal. To impress her I went to the lobby and purchased a bottle of moet for 4 times the price of this champers. She tasted and found it sour, and I ended drinking it by myself.
For 2018 it's quite different : a baby and a kid and us quite tired with no chance to make it to 2019 countdown.
Transparent (obviously) greenish straw with strong small bubbles 👁️
Lemon first then apple, pear, peach and some grass 👃
High acidity, tart and green 👄
Cheap champagne has it's costs.
Nothing wrong with it but complex it is not.
Happy new year and let's hope 2019 will bring a flashier one :)
If u must have champagne and tight on the budget go with that. Otherwise get better bubbles for the same price from the new world. (180 nis but I got half price as I bought more wine in bulk) — 2 months ago
It's Been quite a few years since I had a flam classico.
Ruby red with long legs👁️
Dry red fruit with hints of fresh black pepper 👃
Dark fruit almost jammy at first then some dryness and fresh spices.
Light bitterness with pleasent dryness medium🎯
'Paired' it with some domino's pizza. They did not co-operate but did not get on each other's way.
Fair vfm (about 100 nis) — 3 months ago
Velvety strong dense red 👀.
Dry sweet fruit with hints of jam and the expected black pepper and some vanilla, tobacco , cinnamon and leather 👃
Chewy & fruity.
full body with high acidity and strong tartness 👄
Medium 🎯 with mostly alcohol burn left.
A balanced and very pleasant one.
Great vfm (65 nis as part of a Portuguese half case).
Paired great with sourdough bread with added coriander seeds and Portuguese sardine paté.
Got another bottle waiting... Which makes me happy. — 3 months ago