Molise Falanghina

23 03 2008

Granted, I’m slightly biased towards the mineral delights that the Falanghina grape produces, but the 2006 Molise Falanghina is in a class of its own. That balance, that vivacity, those aromas. Applause!

A sexy, zesty Boschendal

15 03 2008

Had a mini birthday party. People I love, great food and one superb 2007 Boschendal Sauvignon Blanc. Ah, the taste of summer. A generous white wine that keeps on giving (kinda like my folks). A radiant yellow hue with a lemony, citrus nose gives way to a wonderfully complex and balanced palate. Lovely acidity and finish.

A cue-based, verbal retrospective protocol of the NT&T launch

15 03 2008

Or, in the tradition of the Sports Guy, a running diary of my take on the launch. Here goes.

  • 8:45am: wake up. got 9 hours of shuteye. That’s more than the last three nights combined.
  • 9:00am: drink a few cups of ambition. check email. work on presentation. shower. get dressed.
  • 11:30am: drive to Ghent. listen to DJ Lexis’ podcast. that “fooling around” track by Mark Ronson featuring Rhymefest & Michael Jackson is insane. Read the rest of this entry »

1978 Aloxe Corton, 130 style

11 03 2008

Received a very original gift for my 30th birthday: a white t-shirt with a personalized Aloxe Corton wine label, from the outstanding 1978 vintage no less. Now that’s what I call 130 style (slang for the apartment we call office here in Ghent). Thanks!

Monocépages galore

2 03 2008

Organized a birthday/wine tasting party for my missus. We tasted no fewer than eleven monocépage (single grape) wines: five Italian whites and six classic meet the family reds. Tasting notes after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Talking wine language

27 02 2008

Dutch business communication magazine AdRem published an article by yours truly on wine language (in Dutch). Download the PDF here. Any and all comments and feedback are welcome.


the verbs of wine

16 02 2008

ResearchBlogging.orgSmell and taste are the yin and yan of winespeak. Alas, nothing eludes language more than describing these two senses. Olfactory and gustatory descriptions require an objective vocabulary and rich imagery. Winespeak lacks the former but excels in the latter. Here’s a sample:

Bursting with vibrant flavors and impressing with its silky texture and fat tannins. Full-bodied, with crushed raspberries and cassis flavors, this is a pleasure to drink from start to finish. Drink now through 2010.

Domaine Tollot-Beaut & Fils
Aloxe Corton Les Vercots 2001

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