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No 73 in our list of cocktail recipes:

HARVEY WALLBANGER

So for two lovelies

1 measure vodka

1 measure Galliano

orange juice

2 slices orange

Pour vodka and Galliano into two chilled glasses. Top up with orange juice. Garnish the glasses with a slice of orange. Serve with a straw.

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This week has to be better than last week otherwise we will be missing out again on a good bottle of wine. It does not start well for Monday is a leaf day until 2pm. However Monday evenng, Tuesday and Wednesday until 5pm is a fruit period so I think its time to break open a bottle of Touraine’s finest Sauvignon blanc from Vignoble Gibault. Aromas dominated by scents of boxwood and blackcurrant buds. Clean on entry with a long finish.  Saturday is a flower day so maybe a red with your steak. Go all the way with our Chateauneuf du Pape from Domaine de la Ronciere. Ruby robe, aromas of red berries and spices on the nose, Powerful and robust with soft tannins. Well strucutured, fresh and nice length on the palate.

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Counterfeit wine

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The news of the week has to be the latest crack down on illegal drinks including wine that is sold in retail outlets. Many of these are small shops supplied by scrupulous people that care little about the contents of the bottle and what harm it might do to your health. Illegal wine can contain all sorts of dreadful chemicals and we should do all that we can to stop this practice by spending more effort on policing and trading standards. My real advice is to only buy from well known shops. Brands  that you may know are very likely to be counterfeit so steer clear of small shops. Why not pop along to your local wine merchant. Get to know him and see what he has to offer and try before you buy. If he knows his wine he should know all about the wine he sells.

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Valencay AOP

Domaine Jourdain Cuveé des Griottes

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I tasted a Valencay red from the Loire valley with some welsh hill lamb. Not too gamey but loads of lovely flavour mirroring the landscape where the lambs graze. This wine was a great match and I have included the Domaine information below from wine maker Francois Jourdain. Try Valencay AOP wines they have a great depth of compoted fruit with a nice spicey end.

The vineyard of twenty hectares extends on two brands: Valencay and Touraine. For the setting up of each parcel, we take care to respect the harmony of land, the balance between soil and vine.

 

The Touraine vineyard is settled on the vestige of the famous rifle flints used by Napoleon’s armies. The strong stony charge and the corrugated relief are the best assets for the optimum development of Gamay Noir, Côt and Sauvignon too. The flint presence gives this grape variety some very typical mineral and smocked notes.

The Valençay vineyard is separated in two areas: each area is located on side of the different slopes of the Modon, an affluent of the Cher River that goes through our vineyard.

In the first area called “Les Terrajots”, there are two kinds of soils:

Soils called Perruches: hot and stony, these soils are perfect for late grapes varieties as Côt, Cabernet, Sauvignon Rose or Chardonnay.

Soils called Aubuis: limestone and draining, these soils contribute to fine and fruity palate of Pinot Noir.

The second area is located near the “loge à Perin”, a small hut built in the middle of vine at the end of nineteenth century. This area of sweet slopes is settled on flints clay soils. According to the stony charge and the soil depth, we set up a grape variety on each parcel: there is Côt on the slopes and there are Gamay, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc on the plateau.

A blend of Gamay, Côt and Pinot Noir varieties – Low temperature maceration – Aged in tank during one yearIt has a fine ruby red colour with a few violet reflections that express the richness and sobriety of our soil. Fond wine with a pleasant body. Its gentle flavour and character has notes of red fruits (cherry blackcurrant), with a hint of spices in its finish.Serve slightly chambré (12°). A perfect match for grilled meats or red meats as well as an ideal complement to the delicate variety of a cheese board.

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Great news. Our Christmas wines are finally decided and are now on the website so please log onto www.gfwine.co.uk and view our case selections of 12 different cases of mixed wines so you should have no difficulty in choosing the case(s) for your Christmas festivities. Yesterday’s blog showcased one of our cases of sparkling wine. Please have a look at our offers as there are some big savings.

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The first of our christmas mixed cases for you to celebrate with family and friends and you do not have to break the bank with our great offers on 12 different cases.

Sparkling Celebration

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This week is a complete washout I’m afraid. Its all root and leaf days so no good for a good bottle of wine. Never mind perhaps we should all have a week off from drinking? In the meantime pop over to our website  www.gfwine.co.uk and sus out some good wine. I’m certainly not thinking buy supermarket wine so don’t sneak off to buy some crappy old wine to fill in. I’ll be watching you.

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Côtes du Rhône

At the generic level, the official AOC Côtes du Rhône region stretches 200 km from Vienne in the north to Avignon in the south and from the foothills of the Massif Central in the west to the fore-slopes of the Vaucluse and Luberonmountains east of the town of Orange. 171 communes in the French departments of ArdècheBouches du Rhône,DrômeGardLoire, and Vaucluse are concerned with production from the 83,839 (2008) hectares of vineyard. The average yield is 52 hectolitres per hectare. Wines of all three colours must have a minimum alcohol content of 11%. The average annual production of CDR of around 3.3 million hectolitres – 419 million bottles – (2005/2006), is assured by 5,292 concerns including 5,202 growers, 875 private producers, 70 co-operative wineries, and 20 merchant/producers and blenders, making it one of the largest single appellation regions in the world.

Red and rosé wines are made from Grenache noirSyrahCinsaultCarignaneCounoise and Mourvèdre grapes varieties. A maximum of 20% white varieties may be used in the rosés. All reds grown south of Montélimar must contain a minimum of 40% Grenache, and may contain up to 5% white grapes. A red from anywhere in the appellation must contain a minimum of 15% Syrah and/or Mourvedre. The whites must contain a minimum blend of 80% ClairetteGrenache blancMarsanneRoussanneBourboulenc, and ViognierUgni blanc and Picpoul blanc may be used as secondary varieties.

There are two sub regions of Rhône wines:

  1. Côtes du Rhône septentrionalin the northern part of the region from Vienne to Valence. The vines are cultivated on very steep slopes making the harvest extremely arduous. The grapes are manually picked and have to be hauled up the hillside on trolleys, a feature which adds to the price. Syrah is the dominant red grape in this area.
  2. Côtes du Rhône méridionalfrom Montélimar to Avignon in the southern latitudes, produced by 123 communes. The great majority of these are cultivated on the eastern side of the Rhône between the river bank near the town of Orange, and the Vaucluse-Luberon chain of mountains. The wines here are anchored by Grenache noir but typically include other grapes such as Syrah and Mourvedre. The reds range in color from deep crimson and ruby to almost purple and are generally full-bodied with rich but smooth tannins, though Liracand others from the right bank tend to be somewhat lighter. They all go very well with game and other rich meat dishes.

The whites range from dry with a tang of citrus to fuller, rounder wines which can be consumed as an aperitif. Condrieu, a septentrional, is one of the rarest white wines in the world and is produced from 100% Viognier – a notoriously difficult grape to vinify.

Côtes du Rhône-Villages

Further up the scale from the Côtes du Rhône AOC the Côtes du Rhône-Villages AOC is produced by 95 authorized communes in the departments of the Ardèche, the Drôme, the Gard, and the Vaucluse. The appellation includes 95 communes, with a total of approximately 3,000 hectares under cultivation. The average yield is approximately 38 hectoliters per hectare. The Grenache grape is required to be present at not less than 50%, with 20% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre. A maximum of 20% of other authorized varieties is permitted. The minimum required alcoholic strength is 12%.

Côtes du Rhône Villages (named village)

Next in the hierarchy, 18 of the Côtes du Rhône Village appellations are authorized to include their village name on the label. With approximately 6,500 hectares under cultivation, the average yield is approximately 37 hectoliters per hectare.  Current regulation includes following villages: CairanneChusclan (red and rosé only), Gadagne,  LaudunMassif d’Uchaux (red only), Plan de Dieu (red only), Puyméras (red only), RoaixRochegudeRousset-les-VignesSabletSaint GervaisSaint MauriceSaint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes,SéguretSignargues (red only), ValréasVisan.

Crus

At the most demanding level of distinction, a total of 16 crus are allowed to be recognized by their village name without requiring the mention of Côtes du Rhône on the label. With the unique exception of Château-Grillet, a white septentrional within the AOC Condrieu, a feature of the nomenclature of CDR wines is that at the top level they are named only after their villages, and not after châteaux as is usual for Bordeaux wines. Tavel is a rosé only, very light and dry, which is usually drunk chilled. Beaumes de Venise AOC,Château-Grillet AOCChâteauneuf-du-Pape AOCCondrieu AOCCornas AOCCôte-Rôtie AOCCrozes-Hermitage AOCGigondas AOCHermitage AOCLirac AOCRasteau AOCSaint Joseph AOCSaint Péray AOCTavel AOCVacqueyras AOC, and Vinsobres AOC.

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A desert made by spraying weedkiller. The chemical permeates into the soil and roots of the vines

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Did you see in the papers recently a report on the  wotwine organisation that has tasted over 4000 supermarket wines and giving the wine a price tag that they think is fair, according to the quality, which is compared to the actual price. If the wine is cheaper on the shelf than Wotwine has priced it then they say that its a good deal. That’s a good thing for most people who know little about wine and less about knowing which wine is a good price related to quality. Let’ hope they move on to the proper wines sold by wine merchants where provenance is the key. One thing they seem to have missed is what is actually in that bottle of wine. Are there pesticide residues for example? I’d be more concerned about that than the price/quality issue. I would also want to know what the grape growers do with the land. I know for example that Waitrose buy wine from the Loire valley were the grape grower sprays the vineyards completely with weedkiller. Its like a desert on which rows of vines grow with little support for wildlife. How does that fit with the environment and sustainability. Just remember its not the price. Its a lot more than that when you chose wine.

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Bloodshot

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No 72 in our list of cocktail recipes:

BLOODSHOT

So for two lovelies

cracked ice

1 measure vodka

2 dashes of  lemon juice

2  measures condensed consommé

2 measures tomato juice

2 dashes Worcestershire sauce

celery salt

4 slices cucumber

Mix ice with vodka, consommé, tomato juice, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce in shaker. Pour over 2 tall glasses. Sprinkle with celery salt and garnish each glass with 2 slices of cucumber.

Hey How. Down the hatch.

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