Month: August 2009

Presentation

There’s no doubt that the way a plate is presented can enhance the enjoyment of its food.  Arranged with art, a meal can be turned into something special.  And while arrangement doesn’t change the actual taste of the food, it gives...

Lindemans Cawarra

This Lindemans Cawarra was a pretty decent south-east Australian Semillon-Chardonnay blend, in that order. It was a decent 13.5% and had quite an excellent nose – difficult to distinguish from some of the better examples from the same region. There’s a...

Moonstone

This was a Chardonnay-Semillon blend from 2008, made by Heritage Road, with subtitle ‘Moonstone’. It was south-east Australian and 12.5%. There’s really only one thing to say about this wine: classy. Its flavours were so similar to a lot more expensive...

Favourite grill

There are many things you can grill, ranging from a cheese-coated mushroom to the latter stage of a cheese-topped shepherd’s pie. My favourite is a chicken leg – drumstick and thigh together. From the fridge, this takes me, on my grill,...

New blend

This was new and quite novel rosé, it apparently (from the front of the bottle) being made entirely of Chenin Blanc. Knowing this to be impossible without false colouring (which might well be illegal depending on where it’s from), I made...

Raspberry dessert

One of the lunches served at my Stockholm conference looked too good to resist. It was very small, which added to its appeal. On top was a chilled raspberry compote, set above a light, cold custard. The creaminess and sweetness of...

Cono Sur

Clearly the makers of this wine have something of a sense of humour, given the pun on the name. This one was a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc, at 13% and from 2009 (nice and young – just how I like them). Although...

Stockholm buffet

I was at a reception held by the Swedish think tank, Ratio. They served rather good (non-Swedish!) wines, including a South African chenin blanc and a Chilean cabernet sauvignon. What impressed me were the sandwiches, however. They came on good tasty...

AshWood

This was a Chardonnay – Chenin Blanc blend from 2008, from South Africa. It was an excellent example of the two grapes combined in one, and really pretty good on its own, although also robust enough probably for strong fish, like...