Friday, January 23, 2015

Twelve Alsace Rieslings from Bettane+Desseauve

Checkout this post from Bettane+Desseauve about 12 great Rieslings from Alsace.
On the picture a selection.

We have tasted them all. Visit Alsace, tour with us and you can too!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Burgundy: Saint Vincent tournante 2015 - Gilly-Lès-Cîteaux et Vougeot les 24 & 25 janvier 2015,

An old tradition since 1938 organised by the confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.
Apart from flowers there will be 7 cellar in the two villages, with 7 different cuvées to taste.

They will be:
- Les Coteaux Bourguignons millésime 2013
- Bourgogne Aligoté, millésime 2013
- Bourgogne blanc, millésime 2012
- Bourgogne rouge, millésime 2013
- Bourgogne rouge, millésime 2012
- Bourgogne rouge, millésime 2011
- La cuvée mystère de la Saint-Vincent Tournante 2015

The last grand cru will be in one of this 7 cellars, and people will have to try all of them to know where the grand cru is!
At the entrace you can buy a "tasting kit" with a glass and tickets to go to the different cellars.


En 2015 c'est au tour de Gilly-les-Citeaux et Vougeot de celebrer la Saint Vincent tournante

Opening hours
Saturday: 11.15 - 17.00
Sunday: 10.00-17.00

Costs are Euro 15,= per person including tasting glass.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tuscany Michelin star ratings 2015

The Michelin star ratings 2015 highlight a full six freshly starred restaurants in Tuscany in red here.
The gourmet temples with two stars remain four: Valeria Piccini's Da Caino, Bracali in Massa Marittima, Arnolfo in Colle Val d'Elsa near Siena and Viareggio's Piccolo Principe, which gained its second star right in time for the season 2015.

Il Pellicano on the Monte Argentario coast lost one out of two Michelin trophies since its talented chef left the famous hotel to bring the kitchen of the Mandarin Oriental up to scratch in time for the opening of Milan's Expo 2015.

Tuscany's gourmet classification is still led by Florence' Enoteca Pinchiorri created by chef Annie Féolde - the sole Tuscan restaurant with three Michelin stars.

Valeria Piccini is coming close though from the south of the region with her Da Caino in Montemerano tightly holding on to two Michelin stars, whilst Winter Garden by Caino - her new culinary outpost at the St. Regis hotel in Florence - already gained its first.

source: Mapitout Tuscany

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

What happens in a bottle of wine as it ages?

"It is not completely understood what happens in a bottle of wine as it ages, though there are certain things we know for sure. As a wine evolves, the primary fruitiness evolves toward earthier, more complex odours and flavours. Tannins in red wines become less aggressive. Acidity will also become less present, giving the wine a creamier, smoother texture. White wines, which are more sensitive to oxygen, often acquire nutty aromas."

 Great wines also the whites from Alsace (as on the picture) need to age, so take the risk at least for a couple of years, I would say. You will be rewarded ‪#‎jolisoleil‬
More on the subject here.
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