Sunday, February 16, 2014

SOUR GRAPES





Have you noticed that in any country outside of France, Australia and New Zealand winemakers label Pinot Gris as Pinot Grigio?

In some ways this is a good thing as the godawful offerings from Italy, USA and South America are basically shit. The wines are usually made from under ripe grapes and are sulphured to hell.



 In Northern Italy the grapes don't ripen properly because the climate isn't good enough and in warmer countries grapes are picked early, before they are fully ripe to retain 'freshness'. What a lot of codswallop (they do this in South Africa with Sauvignon Blanc, trying to emulate a Marlborough style) as all you get is wine made from sour grapes that tastes weak, bitter and because it's basically out of balance, doctored with preservatives.
Avoid it al all costs.

What really pisses me off though is that now producers of fairly good Pinot Gris from countries that can make the stuff properly, are labelling it as Pinot Grigio. This doesn't include France however but that's just attributable to their arrogance.
This is done so that stupid consumers in UK, Canada and USA can recognise their 'favourite' plonk. Why they think that Pinot Grigio should be their favourite is anyone's guess - either they are stupid or have been cleverly duped by the marketers.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A SYMPTOM OF MADNESS IS DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT

The joke goes something like this:

Patient: "Doctor, my arm hurts when I hold it up like this"

Doctor: "Well stop doing that then"


I read that Anne-Claude Leflaive of the Burgundy house Leflaive, in an interview with drinks business was complaining that cork failure was responsible for oxidation in her wines.


“We don’t know exactly where the problem comes from, but we think it comes from the cork,” Leflaive told db.
Well, hello, why doesn't she wake up and use screwcaps?

Saturday, December 22, 2012

J.I.T.

Yes, I know I've said I hate acronyms but this one standing for 'just in time' time appeals bcause it sounds like 'shit' which is not unlike the word I uttered when remembering that I'd put the Deutz Rose in the freezer to give it a rapid chill before opening it yesterday afternoon.

My panic was born of experience. See link here:  FROZEN CHAMPAGNE


Luckily all was OK and the wine was bloody delicious - well worth seeking out particularly when on special. Ours bought for $24.99 down from $44.95. We bought plenty.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

TRULY OFFISHER I ONLY HAD TWO GLASSES

Richard (of RBB) wrote a post some time ago of his experiences ordering wine in RSA's and Cosmopolitan clubs. These drinking establishments are used to serving beer and spirit drinks so wine is usually out of the norm.

I now know how he feels.

I recently joined the local club up North where I live. It is not an RSA or a Cosmopolitan club but is similar. Its just up the road so quite handy. I've only been there a couple of times so on Friday night, as I was alone (Her Indoors is on Stewart Island this weekend) I decided to go to the club for tea instead of cooking. My sister told me that they serve great fish and chips and salad. She was right - it was superb.

When I went to the bar to order a wine (Mount Riley Chardonnay) the bar maid asked if I wanted it in a tall glass or a half-pint handle.

What?

Half pint handle
Had she been checking out the recycle bin on Monday mornings to see how much Chardonnay I get through? I know that I drink a bit of the stuff but a half-pint glass!

Maybe she was a Brit.

Not uncommon it seems in the UK.



I siad that I preferred a wine glass which I duly got (filled to the brim for $5 - a bargain).

I think If I frequent the club a lot I'd better not drive.


Monday, October 15, 2012

WE'RE DRINKING STARS


No doubt you've noticed the huge increase in the offerings of sparkling wines in New Zealand. As well as the growth of excellent Methode Traditionelle wines (Champagne style, bottle fermented) and the continued popularity of carbonated styles there has been the introduction of sparkling versions of Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and just about every other varietal.

Production volumes and percentages have greatly increased and. as we export very little sparkling wine compared to other wine types the domestic consumption has gone up.

Now, given that New Zealand's population has not increased very much at all (1% increase last year) then who is drinking all the extra sparkling wine?

It must be the younger drinkers.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

SPRINKLES

We had a Chinese customer in the other day looking to buy wines for export.

She wanted Sprinkles

Sprinkles




We eventually established that she wanted to buy our sparkling wines and we are working on a deal

The idea of sprinkles wine appeals though. It has a nice sound to it and could be colourful.

I remember selling a German liqueur named Goldwasser that had real gold flakes in it. When the price of gold rocketed up in the '70's people bought it up thinking it would appreciate in value. When poured out though the gold flakes bond together like paint so no-one got rich out of that idea.

Goldwasser    

I wonder if sprinkles in suspension in sparkling wine would work?


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

THE OTHER FOOT

China has flooded the world for years with cheap, low quality goods that have been at times shoddy and dangerous. When not a commodity they have been rubbish brands and even counterfeits.


It has been interesting to watch the spat between the China Alcoholic Drinks Industry Association (CADIA) and the EU over the last month.
CADIA is accusing the EU of dumping cheap and low quality wine into the Chinese market thereby inhibiting the development of the Chinese wine market. This relates to the large amoints of cheap Soanish wine being imported.
I am reminded of Rob Muldoon's famous quip when asked what he thought of the the high numbers of unemployed New Zealanders seeking the dole in Australia.
Muldoon said something along the lines that it raises the average IQ of both countries.

re The cheap and low quality Spanish wine going into China it makes me think that it raises the average wine quality of both countries.