Tag Archives: Rioja

Embeleso Rioja Crianza 2010 – Italy meets Spain

DSC_0010bCork out… first taste… It’s a bit volatile, a bit harsh, the tannins are angry, they’ve been stuck in there too long… although not really long enough to age, mature and wisen. So they jump about everywhere, roaring like a young Lion, not quite ready to be in control… yet. But there is plenty of fruit hiding behind this mess. A lot of blackberries, picked at the end of a long, Continue reading

A few of the Drunken Butcher’s favourite things

DSC_0044bSince we went to another DineInOut event in April – “Around the world in 8-ish steaks”, which I didn’t relate mainly due to an aggravated case of over-indulgitis followed by fuzzynitis memorae – we missed out on V-Gin, Cluckin’ Hell and Pizza the action. We were about to miss out on “A Few of my Favourite Things” Continue reading

WEST Advanced (Level 3) – Session 1

WSET3 booksI have recently started the Level 3 of the WSET award in wine and spirits. Level 2 concentrated on the main international grape varieties (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, Syrah/Grenache), and the main wine producing regions. I’m hoping level 3 brings me that step closer to better appreciating some of the more outlandish varieties as well as providing a more in-depth understanding of the wine producing regions of the world. But most of all the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® should give me the robust framework to analyse properly every wine I taste. It is very structured Continue reading