It is now two year ago I started my journey into wine world in connection of my master thesis. No, I didn’t study or wrote about wine or neither I was thinking that glass of wine could help me to research better (though I didn’t try that, so maybe it could have increased creativity, who knows :)). Anyway the topic, what I investigating was how to manage quality and sustainability strategically in tea industry supply chains.
Little did I know, that you can draw parallels between tea and wine. Want to know more about quality of raw materials, check out wine industry. Need to know more about quality management in supply chains, look towards wine industry etc.
So over the months of diving into quality and sustainability topics, I also unexpectedly took a deep dive into wine world. No complains there though :), Yes, while before I drank wine and preferred whites I didn’t have any strategy on what I was searching for. So it was often hit or miss. Now after being more aware about what is seen as a quality, how to evaluate quality and how to taste I could say I am more confident wine and also tea drinker. Though by having a personal standards can also make life sometimes little complicated :P, but very enjoyable.
In below I share my discoveries and hope you could find some inspiration. All the wines in the list is tried and purchased by myself and it is my honest approval. Though be warned that I like medium bodied light reds from Burgundy, I love Pinot Noir and Riesling grapes and yes most importantly keep in mind it is still alcohol, so consume responsibly.
Really good value, that don’t break the bank
- Anakena Syrah 2014, Vina Anakena (Chilie, Cachapoal Valley) Norm. 109.95 (Now 49.95) Production method: Traditional14% - Grapes: Syrah
- Fruity, not overly heavy Syrah with spicy notes. Good with lam or beef.
- Terre Ronde 2015, Domaine de Sollier (South France) 69.- Production method: Biodynamic, not certified - Grapes: 80% Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache
- Medium body, has warmth. Good everyday all around. Can take stronger dishes also pizza
- L’Ancien Beaujolais 2015, Jean Paul Brun/Terres Dorees (Burgundy, France) 109.- Production method: Burgundy method - Grapes: Gamay
- Really good Beaujolais period!!! Really good value!!!! Love it.
OUR SUMMER PARTY WINES
Here is the list of wines we used in our summer party this year. These are fun, good value, but not in our standing “need to have” in the cellar list.
- GSM 2013 (Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre), Vidal-Fleury (Rhone, France) 39.95
- Stronger red, more traditional. Everyday all round.
- Postales Pinot Noir 2015, Del Fin del Mundo (Patagonia, Argentina) 69.95
- Good Pinot from Argentina.
- Cava Brut Reserva Sumarroca (Penedes, Spain) 69.95
- Somera Rose 2015, Marques de Somera (Carinena Zaragoza, Spain) 59.95
- Good solid rose that is not whimsical, but has some complexity.
- Stepp Riesling 2016, (Pfalz, Germany) 59.21
- Good Riesling and it can age too. Price and quality is in good balance.
Bit more pricy, but worth it
- AN/2 2015, Bodegas A Negra (Mallorca, Spain) 239.95 (149.95) Production method: Traditional 13.5% - Grapes: 65% Called, 15% Syrah, 10% Mantonegre, 10% Fogoneu
- Said to be modern Spanish classic. Very good all rounder. Also good with pizza or just by itself. Has medium tannins, but has good freshness
- Oregon Hill Pinot Noir 2013, Oregon Hills Vineyards (Oregon, USA) 169.- Production method: Traditional 13% - Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
- Good value Pinot, has fuller body as it is after all American, but still has its elegance.
- Barda Pinot Noir 2015, Chacra Rio Negro (Patagonia, Argentina) 219.95 . Production method: Traditional - Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
- Elegant Pinot Noir in it’s best. Really treat in the glass. My current favourite Pinot darling.
- Pinot Noir 2013, Elqui Wines (Elqui valley, Chile) 199.95 . Production method: Traditional - Grapes: Pinot Noir
- Juicy Pinot Noir, marmalade berries. Good Pinot. Actually that was the wine that got us into discovering Pinot Noir grape.
- Petit Clos Pinot Noir 2016, by Henri Clos (Marlborough, New Zealand) 159.- Production method: Traditional - Grapes: Pinot Noir
- Have not tried this 2016 vintage, but previous ones has been good. Pinot Noir made Burgundy style. Lighter body, but still good complexity.
- Whispering Angel 2016, Caves D’Esclans by Sacha Lichine (Provence, France) Norm. 229.95 (keep eye on sales then 149.95) Production method: Traditional13.5 % - Grapes: Gremache, Mourvedre, Cinsault
- Also known as a “Hamptons Juice”, Solid Rose, which has complexity and has shown to be stable across the vintages. For enjoying with or without food
- At Roca Rose Reserva- Metode Tradicional 2015, by Augusti Torello (Catalonia Penedes, Spain) Norm: 189.95 (129.95) Production method: Organic, 12%; Dosage: 4.5 g - Grapes: Macabeau, Monastrell
- Solid vintage Cava. Not overly dry and not too sweet.