Posts Tagged ‘New Zealand’

Sushi, sparkling wine and snow…..

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

ukai sushiLast night I had take away from Ukai for the second time this week, maybe you already know it, they’ve got three branches in London so far. If you don’t and you like sushi then may I introduce you to a great calorie minimal treat for January. Forget readymade sushi platters from your local supermarket, this is freshly made on site and eco friendly, all their fish is sourced sustainably.

Anyway, the girls were coming over and I’d promised them an evening of DVD’s, NYE wine left-overs, xmas stocking chocolates and a January friendly guilt free meal – sushi take away from Ukai. Saturday nights in don’t get much better than this!

I decided I should reward my pals for their efforts for crossing London in the snow and dutifully stocked my fridge with three sparkling wines:

1. ‘Taste the difference’ Champagne, Vintage 2003
2. Prosecco Beato Bartolomeo Breganze Extra Dry
3. Lindauer Brut Cuvee from NZ

A mixed bag for sure and of varying quality. ………

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A traditional Christmas? That’s so last year….

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Saint Clair_Marlborough_Pinot NoirIf there’s one good thing to come out of the credit crunch it’s the opportunity for us to rethink what we do and the way we do it. This is great news if you’re adventurous by nature, but it may be a bit daunting if you’re a pure bred traditionalist.

When it comes to wine for festive entertaining it’s no different. It’s really easy to get stuck in a rut, weighed down by the security of the tried and tested and under the cosy blanket of tradition. For example, Pinot Noir is widely considered to be the perfect red for a standard British Christmas dinner, and if you’re über traditional then you’ll choose one from Burgundy, the home of Pinot Noir. But if you’re ready to listen to your adventurous side there are loads of great alternatives out there to help you spread your wine wings this Christmas and which, importantly, are 100% credit crunch compliant.

Popolino Rosso 2008 from Sicily is a perfect example at £4.95 from Marks & Spencer. This is the best under £5.00 red wine that I’ve come across in a long time, it’s lovely and light, fruity and aromatic with spiced plums, blackberry fruit and a sweet smokiness on the finish. ………

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There’s wine lovers and there’s wine lovers….

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

italian-wineAlmo popped over last night for a catch up, we met in Paris 10 years ago. She’s seen me through my growing passion for wine and supported me through my hours of study for my wine exams so there was no surprise that she came armed with the obligatory entry fee into my flat. She was a little late, something that comes natural to Almo, in fact I’m so used to it that when she’s on time it fills me with dread that something must be wrong. One reason for her late arrival, she explained was because she didn’t know what bottle to buy “I’ve got to get something she can include in her blog” was her concern.

Almo has long been a fan of Italian wine, I on the other hand inexplicably lack the Italian wine bug and this clash in tastes has bought a tense moment to the table on more than one occasion. I can’t explain it, every time I’ve visited Italy I’ve had a lovely time but when it comes to their wines I just can’t connect (Prossecco Monday’s excluded of course). Montepulciano is indisputably Almo’s favourite, medium bodied, fruity and dry. “Just how you like your men!” I joked. One look at her face, ha, I’d hit gold, turns out a former Italian lover had been key in Almo’s wine discovery, now that’s more than a connection if you ask me! ………

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