Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
There we found not only the same bottle of Brazilian as at Sipp for slightly less but also Bests Great Western Pinot Meunier which we used to buy from Harvey Nichols with much pleasure before they stopped carrying it.
We were promised by the thoroughly well informed and bright young chap behind the counter that they were expectin a big consignment of new stock in mid-March. We will certainly scoot back to check that out as soon as possible.
Another result from our Googling - sorry, researching - we discovered that Harrods were the only stockists of our latest enthusiasm a Grignolino, so along we went to discover they have made their wine department over to excellent effect.
The staff there are enthusiastic almost to a fault. How good to see practically the entire former Pantry given over to what looks like a greatly enlarged selection of wines. Harrods is a strange place. Some departments have remained excellent while others...
Meanwhile over at Selfridges, we picked up a real rarity - one now with added poignancy - the first example we have seen of the indiginous Japanese grape Koshu.
who created this and many other crossings is also a feature of the region. We have been able to source a Rebo and this will be put through our rigorous testing program very soon.
Nosiola is another variety native to Trentino but after thorough trials we have decided that although perfectly acceptable, it is not worthy of the high honour of inclusion. We have not tried the sweet version referred to as Nosiola Vin Santo. This may yet be Nosiola’s ultimate calling.
Moscato Rosa makes another sweet wine in Trentino. We did not taste this but a Moscato Rosa from Sicilia. Again the impression was positive but not up to our high criteria for inclusion in our Hall of Fame.
We have also yet to taste Schiava Grigia or the Malvasia Nera of the Südtirol/Alto Adige. We have managed to bring back local versions of Schiava and Portugieser however. Local expressions of Müller-Thurgau, Incrocio Manzoni Bianco and Pinot Bianco all shone.
The Trentino/Alto Adige/Südtirol region emerged as no less rich in diversity than the Val d’Aosta or Savoie. These mountain areas are hosts to many secret treasures.
The excellence of wines produced from these grapes is not due to them being grown on mountain sides but to the effect the mountains have in concentrating warmth on the growing areas in the valleys over the growing season when for example Bolzano in the Alto Adige can sometimes be the hottest city in Italy.