Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Need help drinking

I organized my closet yesterday. I had a couple dozen bottles still in cardboard boxes that I had put away at a friend's place. Brought them all back, and it was like opening a birthday present - I had totally forgotten what a lot of the bottles were.

One bottle that stood out was a 1999 Domaine Huet Brut, AC Vouvray. A sparkling wine from the Loire Valley, from Chenin Blanc grapes. Look forward to opening that sometime soon, perhaps to celebrate my graduation from Waterloo. Purportedly, this wine can compete with Champagne in the best vintages. For some reason, it amazes me whenever I find a vintage dated sparkling wine outside of Champagne.

A few more bottles that stood out were a couple of white Burgundies, some interesting St. Joseph's, as well as a bottle of Australian shiraz/voignier, which no doubt my father bought. I am NOT taking responsibility for that bottle.

In the meantime...I bought a few bottles of Champagne from LCBO's last release. A couple of more obscure Champagne houses I suppose, but all from Grand Cru villages. I always look out for blanc de noirs Champagnes. I just love the character of pinot noir.

I'll see, but I'm interested in exploring German rieslings more. The reason? I've had some experience with them in the past, but lately I bought a few bottles from an LCBO release, bought as futures. Balthasar Ress released a vertical of Rheingau rieslings from 1982-1999, so it really was a great chance to taste mature white wines. I bought bottles of:

1982 Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett, Rheingau
1983 Winkler Jesuitengarten Riesling Kabinett, Rheingau
1986 Hochheimer Kirchenstück Riesling Spatlese, Rheingau

Havn't received word yet, but extremely excited and anxious to receive these bottles. That's why I want to drink as many Rheingau rieslings in the meantime as I can, so I can get a better sense of what this region is about. Now...if only I can win the lottery, that would solve all my problems. All of them.

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