When it comes to wine, most people stick to what’s familiar. In my restaurants, most people order wine by grape variety. This could be because they already know what they like so they stick to it or are intimidated to try the unfamiliar. I think one of the beauties in wine (and life) is discovery. I love finding non-popular, small chateaus that have wines that are undervalued.
My preference for wine has previously always leaned on the old world. In recent years though, I’ve been enjoying discovering surprisingly great quality wines from new world producers. I feel that being a new world wine snob these days just makes you look ignorant. My favorite white wine was always Chablis (in fact, I named my dog after it). However, lately I’ve been ordering Marlborough whites from New Zealand. For those who are familiar, these are quite opposite types of whites. With 365 days in a year, my wine choices these days are based on my mood more than just a region.
Declaring that my favorites are whites from Burgundy, reds from Bordeaux St. Emillon, bubblies from Champagne and rosés from Languedoc Rousillon, all from France (and kinda cliché-ish for good reason), below are 3 wines that I discovered during a wine fiesta that I catered a couple of months ago. I apologize for the photos. I took them just to remember which ones I liked, not really thinking I was going to blog about it later on.
Riesling Dachsfilet 2011
Prinz Con Hessen, Rheingau, Germany. P2,780
The Prinz von Hessen estate in Johannesberg in the Rheingau is one of the leading Riesling producers of Germany. Before a trip to Alsace, France a few years ago, I didn’t really care for Rieslings too much. I acquired the taste for Riesling and Gewurztraminer on that trip. It’s still not my everyday white but from time to time, I now look for it.
Cava de Nit, 2011
Raventos i Blanc, Penedes, Spain. P3,210
Wine production at Raventos I Blanc started in 1497 and the first cava in Spain was produced here in 1872. With the intention to create a small, cozy, quality-oriented winery that would stand apart from the larger co-ops, Raventos today owns about 300 acres of vineyards. This is a cava that can replace the champagne on my table (except when I’m celebrating with my BFF who might strangle me for replacing her Krug).
Explorer Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
Surveyor Thomson, Central Otago, New Zealand. P1,710
I am not a fan of pinot noir probably because I can’t afford the pinot noir bottles that I like. The affordable pinot noirs that I’ve tried, I’m not fond of and the good ones are too expensive for what it is. This wine is an exception.
This is a photo I will bring to my doctor when she stops me from drinking wine when I get pregnant. Pierre Addison, who was ready to pop (literally) and one of my favorite wine people around, tasting the cava with me.
Wine master class note set. I was too busy tasting to join this class.
More “3 somethings” after the weekend…