Wednesday, 27 August 2014
2013 Picpoul de Pinet Les Girelles £9.99
Details of UK stockists for the Picpoul
Recently I was sent three new wines from Jean-Luc Colombo. Although he is based in Cornas these come from further south. There is a red and white Côtes du Rhône sourced from the southern Rhône and a Picpoul de Pinet.
2013 Picpoul de Pinet Les Girelles
This is quite rich and weighty for a Picpoul with light acidity with some floral notes. It was good with Scottish haddock plainly baked with a little milk and butter.
2013 Les Abeilles, Côtes du Rhône
Details of UK stockists
2013 Les Abeilles, Côtes du Rhône Blanc £9.99
This is a blend of 80% Clairette and 20% Roussanne sourced from vineyards in the communes of Cairanne, Rasteau and Vacqueyras. The 2013 is attractively floral and quite richly textured.
2012 Les Abeilles, Côtes du Rhône
Details of UK stockists
2013 Les Abeilles, Côtes du Rhône Rouge £9.99
This is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre sourced from vineyards in the communes of Cairanne, Rasteau and Vacqueyras. Rich, easy drinking, richly textured, damson and other black fruits.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
I enjoyed an excellent birthday meal last week@The Three Chimneys on Skye.
View from the restauant to the west of Dunvegan
Our three course menu with two wee tastes extra included
Very decent sherry selection – we chose the
Faraon Oloroso from Hildalgo
Wee taste: pickled herring
2012 Abadia Albarino
After our glass of Oloroso we went for halves. Firstly the 2012 Abadia Albarino, which was a very good match with the seafood platter. Initially I had chosen the 2013 Pouilly Fumé from Jonathan Pabiot but a discerning customer had drunk the last bottle at lunchtime.
Best dish of the evening: seafood platter including
brilliant oysters, mussels and a crab salad
Après moi – le débris!
Carole's salmon with squid
A half of 2013 Crasto (Douro) with the main course – served slightly too warm. Better when we got some ice and water to chill it down a tad.
Curiously the only Loire red listed is a Gamay from Domaine Levin. Does the Three Chimneys really think this is the best the Loire can offer?
Second wee taste – a pre-dessert
My chocolate dessert
... partially demolished
Warm marmalade pudding with Drambuie custard
I finished with a glass of 30 Year Old Pedro Ximenez from Dandelion Vineyards in the Barossa.
Monday, 25 August 2014
The distillery beside Loch Harport
On our way off Skye last Friday we diverted to Carbost to see the Talisker Distillery plus its surroundings and take some photos.
Loch Harport (above and below)