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April 14, 2010

Spanish tapas are fun, easy to prepare, and always a crowd pleaser.. Specially when Mums and Toddlers Ladies are involved 🙂

The word “tapa” means “lid” in Spanish. It refers to the tradition, in centuries past, in hot and dusty Spanish inns and bars, to place a plate over the customer´s drink (usually a glass of wine ..of course), to keep out the flies.

Over time, innkeepers realized that if they placed salty food on the plate (that was, empty, over the glass..), the clients would drink more.

Guess what ?? Success!! The tapas was born and spread all over Spain.

Now a days in Spain, “tapas” refers to small portions (as opposed to “raciones” which are full plate portions) of savory Spanish cuisine.

Traditional tapas are based on cheeses, olives and various meat.

Veggie Tapas as well as elaborate ones made with all kinds of gourmet ingredients including foie gras, duck confit, and sea urchins (particularly in Madrid, San Sebastian and Barcelona).

Tapas are often placed on a slice of bread or in a little vol au vent .

And these ones on bread can be called called “Tostas” or “Pintxos” (an expression used often in Basque Country).

Build you tapas to bring ..or a cava.. Or a wine.. to come along and have a nice evening.

After all it’s all about have fun and enjoy !

when: Thursday, April 22th 8.15pm


De Martino Legado Reserva

April 13, 2010

Wine of Chile, Maipo Valley

  • Organically managed vineyards in Isla de Maipo.
  • 100% Carmenere      2007                  (14,5% alcohol)
  • Tasting Notes:

Deep deep red purple wine tints the glass.. is Carmenere!

Aromas that recall ripe black fruits blend with subtle notes of coffee.

The palate is voluptuous, well rounded and velvety, with plenty of fruit.
Every single black fruit, named it , is there!

  • Personal Comments:

Full body and high on alcohol,  the New World Style is there for sure.. with everything for the high points score. Well balanced this wine make one looks good with friends or for a nice winter night chat.

Drink now.. if you really want, you can keep it for more two years.

  • The producer (in Chile since 1934) claims to reinvented Chile creating wines that are  a true reflection of their origin.

Legado offers a very good representation of a specific grape variety from this innovative Chilean wine producing valley.

Uncorck it, take a chance ..

and let you see if is that what you find bottled.


WineTalk Club

April 13, 2010

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wine tasting notes,

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reports from Brazil and The Netherlands

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Counterfeiters target luxury wines

April 11, 2010

By Dominique Schroeder (AFP)

PARIS — Petrus, Romanee-Conti, Chateau d’Yquem — wines coveted by connoisseurs, and targeted by counterfeiters.

According to French wine professionals, a handful of rare and fine wines face the same threat from fraud as luxury handbags and designer sunglasses.

Trafficking in fake wine has “always existed a little, but it’s definitely amplified with the rising prices of fine wines”, said Sylvain Boivert, director of the association representing Bordeaux wines classified back in 1855, the Conseil des Grands Crus Classes en 1855.

To the relief of many, the fakery remains small scale.

“We are not dealing with industrial counterfeit production, unlike the luxury brands,” he said.

The counterfeiting “touches five to six of the very top wine estates in Bordeaux where there is a real potential to make a capital gain and where there is a world-wide demand because the products are rare,” said wine tycoon Bernard Magrez, owner of 35 estates, including several in Bordeaux.

Nor have Bordeaux’s rarefied cousins in Burgundy been spared, notably Romanee-Conti, one of the world’s scarcest and most expensive wines.

Jeroboams, the equivalent of four bottles, of the 1945 vintage from this 1.8 hectare (4.4 acre) estate have recently been sold in auctions, according to Laurent Ponsot, a renowned Burgundy producer.

Alas, Romanee-Conti did not bottle their 1945 in Jeroboams.

Ponsot, owner of Domaine Ponsot, has had his own misadventures with counterfeiters.

At a sale in New York in 2008, the vintner was shocked to discover that “106 bottles out of 107” were fakes. The catalogue listed “a sale of Clos Saint Denis 1945 and other old vintages when we didn’t even begin producing this particular appellation until 1982,” he recounted.

“The counterfeiters aren’t Asian, they are European or American”, said Ponsot, who had to fly to New York to stop the sale.

The methods used to fool buyers are only limited by the imagination of the counterfeiters: photocopied labels, different chateaux names on the capsule and the label, to name a few.

Sometimes the bottle is authentic but doesn’t contain the wine or the vintage indicated, or only partially, the level of the wine having been topped off with another wine by using a syringe.

“The further one is from the original market, the cruder the fakes,” said Angelique de Lencquesaing, founder of the Internet auction website IdealWine.

As new markets emerge, fraudsters seize the opportunity to cash in.

According to Magrez, counterfeiting increased “when Russians began consuming after the fall of the Wall.”

“There was an enormous temptation, because of the considerable demand.”

Add to that the immense Chinese market. While the problem of counterfeit wine remains “very anecdotal” on the French market, it “could take on a much more serious amplitude in Asia because the market is developing at a dazzling speed,” said de Lencquesaing.

China is “the principa

l counterfeiter,” according to Renaud Gaillard, deputy director of the French export trade body, Federation des Exportateurs de Vins et Spiritueux de France (FEVS). While the main targets are champagne and cognac, according to Gaillard, “one can find Petrus and Margaux in some little stores” in China.

In addition to export markets and Internet marketplaces, fake wines slip into circulation through the auctions.

“The auction houses are not always as demanding as they should be,” noted David Ridgeway, chief sommelier at legendary Paris restaurant La Tour d’Argent.

For example, “Romanee-Conti 1945, we know there were only 600 (bottles) produced. But I don’t know how many thousands of bottles we have seen at the sales,” he said.

Unlike luxury goods groups such as LVMH, which have the financial power to fight aggressively against fake goods, most vintners don’t.

“There are no funds. Each lawsuit costs 500,000 euros,” said Ponsot. “Vuitton has the means. The vintner, even if he sells all of his merchandise, it’s smallscale” production.

There are also those vintners who prefer to avoid any publicity regarding fake wine.

“They file a complaint, but always quietly,” said the French wine expert Claude Maratier. “They are too afraid that their entire production will be put in doubt.”

Buraco de Rato

March 28, 2010

o que fazer quando a geladeira tá vazia..??  .. abrir um vinho amigo, certo..??

foi o que fiz! .. um Rioja DOC Reserva La Barca 2004, que é sempre uma garantia de boas lembranças.

Mas ainda resta o pequeno problema.. o que acompanhar..

Hhmm  .. sem queijo de cabra pra gratinar, sem um molho para a massa, sem um beef pra apimentar a noite..

Rioja aberto, decantado, a espera de companhia..

Em Holanda, como os Holandeses… original, nao??

(..srsrrsrsr  eu sei, eu sei  ..srsrsrsr  ..pessimo  ..srsrrsrrs)

Bem, fato é que pão torrado, ovos, queijo gouda 48+,  archterham naturel com pecorino Romano DOC 48+, milho e cenoura juliana..

..casou bem e fomos felizes

Quando o vinho Ă© poderoso tudo que vem com ele engrandece, cria alma e faz uma noite mais feliz.. tente, sem preconceitos..

Aaaaahhh  e sobre o vinho:

Descricao geral :

Estate Bottled
Tempranillo grape fruit made as it should be done, rich and concetrate and well balanced.. with mushrooms… aaaahhh just perfect for a Friday night!
comprado num supermecado Jumbo por 5,95 euros

Wine Tasting Notes:

cor: vermelho ruby com alo de evolucao (notas de tijolo), brilhante
aromas:limpo, intenso (med+), caffee, chocolate, couro, cravo, terra, notas de louro e grama
frutas preta (ameixa)
um nariz aprazivel, elegante
boca: seco, corpo cheio com muito tanino e alcool, acidez balanceada. Um final nao tao longo, mas agradavel, “redondo”, maci e, rico. Mostra uma pimenta preta com louro, cafe e chocolate em harmonia com a fruta preta(ameixa e notas de oliva)

Avaliação Pessoal:
Estilo “velho mundo” com elegancia e robustexz que apenas os espanhois de bom corpo podem exibir.
excelente para um fim de noite assim como tambem para acompanhar carnes, churrascos ..

..e por menos de 6euros!!  .. mais que perfeito!


apos 2 dias o vinho estava nao-muito-bom, e eu ja estava me arrependendo de nao te-lo tratado bem e posto numa garrafa menor com vacuvin..
apos 5 dias o vinho estava mais-que-muito bom! .. e fiquei sem saber o que havia feito de certo. Afinal nao havia decantado, nem guardado como deveria e ele tava na geladeira por quase uma semana.
apos 7 dias o vinho estava excelente! .. de cair o queixo! ..esses espanhois são mesmo forte e robustos, enfrentam o tempo com uma graça que só que porva sabe o prazer que pode ter..
A proxima garrafa vai ficar de castigo por 6 dias antes de ter a honra de descer a taça.. eheheheheheh..


March 26, 2010

– The largest country in Latin America and the fifth major producer in the Southern Hemisphere, Brazil is a true representative of the countries that are part of the New World of Wine, but with singular characteristics that make it different from products made in any other nation. In general terms, Brazilian wine can be defined as light, fresh and fruity.

– Despite its youth in comparison with the historical producing regions in the European Continent, the Brazilian winegrowing industry has had great development in terms of technological innovation and grapevine handling in the last 15 years.

– Constant investments are made in the 40 thousand hectares used for grape growing in Brazil, distributed in six main regions: Serra Gaucha (including the Geographical Indication – G.I. – Vale dos Vinhedos, accounting for 90% of the production), Campanha, Serra do Sudeste and Campos de Cima da Serra, in Rio Grande do Sul; Planalto Catarinense, in Santa Catarina, and Vale do SĂŁo Francisco, in northeastern Brazil.

– Grapes with excellent quality are harvested in each crop, resulting in products that have received 2,000 international awards. Sparkling wines made in Serra Gaucha are widely known for their lightness and freshness, and several red and white wines, for their complexity and diversity found between the traditional parallels 280 and 320 in the south and Vale do SĂŁo Francisco (between 80 and 90), the largest grapevine region near Equator, with two annual harvests

Source: Ibravin/ Wines from Brazil


Wines from Majorca..

March 26, 2010

producer: Mortix , at Tramontina Mountain, 380m

whites:  Malvasia

reds:   blended  Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

Wines are sexy with beautiful colours, made under modern techniques from Vineyards on  high mountains in Majorca.

1st. : Flaires Rose Wine

beautiful and romantic pale pink, aromatic with flowers (roses and acacias).

Mouth dry, fresh and fruity with startling watermelon, starfruit and rapsberry. At the medium length shows some flowers on after taste. (89)

Excellent for a hot day.

Refreshing, sexy, good wine with and  attractive price (€3,99)

2nd. Mortix Red Wine

A dense deep purple colour tints the glass and exhale back fruits (blueberry).

Mouth dry, fresh and black fruits. Quite spicy after taste. Sexy, spring party wine! (€5,70)

++tannin; –acidity; ++flat; +- length (87)

3rd. Rodal PLA Red Wine

thick deep purple, tints, with an intense black fruity (Syrah aromas) nose.

Dry and Spicy flavours, some vanilla and hebs hints with long length. Well balanced acidity, high tannins with full body and alcohol. Powered by maturing in oak barrels, this wine has everything to be a wine fashion (style RP). Goes well with meat, barbecues (90)

4th. L’U Red Wine

Guess how this looks like?.. dense deep red purple, tints the glass.

Intense nose; spicy and fruits aromas of black pepper, black berries, blueberry and chocolate .

Surprising spicy and full body with a long fruit finishing. High soft tannins well-balanced good acidity. Elegant coffee and chocolate on mouth, good strength.

Very good (91), sexy wine.

..enjoy Majorca with good company and drink responsibly!