Hugel 2005 Tradition Pinot Gris

by Tricia on July 1, 2008

Hugel Pinot Gris Tradition 2005Last week I was fortunate enough to attend a dinner at Turner’s Restaurant, Harbourne, Birmingham, held by The Pershore Wine Society, of which I am a member. The dinner was a prepared by Chef Richard Turner, and wines were selected by Connolly’s of Birmingham. These dinners are a wonderful opportunity to try many different types of wine outside your normal range and this evening was no exception. One match was a marriage made in heaven – the wine was superb. It was matched with a Terrine of Smoked Ham Hock and Fois Gras served with pickled Beetroot and Sour Dough Toast. The wine was an unusual choice to go with such a variety of flavors, a Pinot Gris from Alsace, Hugel’s ‘Tradition’ 2005.

The 2005 vintage was described by Hugel on their website as follows “Everything indicates that 2005 will be a great vintage. Grapes were healthy and ripe, balanced by excellent acidity. The wines confirm our early optimism, showing great aromatic purity and class on a par with the finest vintages.” I have to say that their optimism was well founded!

Some of the grapes for the ‘Tradition’ range are purchased from growers under long–term contract to Hugel, the rest coming from their own estate. After pressing the must is decanted and left for a few hours before being fermented in temperature controlled barrels at around 18º – 24ºC. The wine is racked once, undergoing natural clarification during the cooler winter. In the spring the wine is lightly filtered before bottling and aging.

The resulting wine was a pale yellow color which had great depth and was most attractive to the eye. The first impression of [click to continue…]

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Choosing A Wine Rack

by Tricia on May 10, 2008

I am currently looking for some new wine racks, matter of some importance as you can imagine! How you store your wine is most important. Like any consumable item, if it isn’t kept properly, it won’t be at it’s best when you come to drink it. Whilst screw caps are becoming more popular, most wine is still closed with corks and they need to be kept damp if the wine is to preserved. This means you need to store it on it’s side, and what better place than an elegant wine rack. To my mind it adds to the pleasure of wine drinking. Choosing a WIne rack is ot just a matter of space, but also of practicality, style, function and price.

I was pleasantly surprised when I came across the site for Just Wine Racks – they have an excellent selection but also a very good page on the factors you should bear in mind when choosing your wine rack. The range and variety that they have on offer is such that you will find something to suit you, whatever your needs. Needless to say I shall be spending some time enjoying browsing through the selection before making my choice.

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Asparagus and Wine

May 6, 2008

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Good Wine and Bad Wine

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When you first start to really think about the wine you are drinking and to take it a little more seriously there is a huge temptation to become a wine ‘geek’ and dismiss anything that is not to your personal taste.  I take the view that there is no such thing as a bad wine […]

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Cabernet Sauvignon

April 21, 2008

Among all the Grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon is regarded as one of the finest.  It is relatively small, black and thick. The thickness of the skin makes it somewhat resistant to disease and extreme weather conditions such as heavy rains, however it needs warm climates as it is a late ripening grape and even it’s […]

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Windows On The World Complete Wine Course – 2008

April 21, 2008

Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 2008 Edition is simply the bestselling wine book in North America—it’s a classic. The 2007 edition alone has sold over 100,000 copies and reorders continue to pour in. Along with the expanded text that has made last year’s update so successful, the 2008 revision will include a special […]

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