Posted in Austrian Wine, Wine

Rabl Grüner Veltliner always a winner every time I have it. This Austrian varietal a best-kept-secret among white wines!

tumblr_nwr0moLMpN1tfwglto1_1280Rabl Grüner Veltliner Spiegel from Kamptal.

Fresh, crisp, and luscious. Great mouth-feel.

Astounding bouquet. I highly recommend any good Austrian Grüner Veltliner. And this is one of the best in the affordable to mid-price range.

These truly fun Austrian whites come in a Riesling style bottle and are a real treat. Especially this one!

Rabl’s vineyard management mission is that only the best grapes make high quality wines. They use meticulous foliage treatment to ensure this.

Tasting Notes

Luscious and crisply fresh bouquet with notes of citrus, tree fruit and mineral, unfolding into a balanced and elegant finish.

Posted in bermuda, dining

Fourways Restaurant, Bermuda

Fancy dining with top notch wines.

The baroness and I are dining at Fourways in Paget. History is in the walls. The original building dates back to 1727.

Executive Chef, Tommy Poh is considered to be one of the very best in Bermuda. And the wine list is the best in Bermuda, especially if you measure by the selection of high end wines. The representation of vintage Bordeaux, Italian, and California are exceptional. We opted for a half bottle chablis to go with grilled salmon for her and a seafood trio (scampi, scallops, crab cakes) for myself. Live piano serenaded us in the background. The next table was having a birthday celebration and two of them had the classic Chateaubriand. It looked very nice from my vantage point. We finished with their specialty soufflé. Perfect.

This restaurant does it all the traditional way, with quality in every aspect of the experience, from food to wine to attentive service. Next visit, I’d like to go back for their well known Sunday brunch!

http://www.fourways.bm

 

Posted in bermuda, dining

Tempest Bistro, St. George, Bermuda wows us with a top notch wine list & superb dining. Recommended!

The baroness and I are starting our Bermuda visit in St. George’s. There are a number of dining experiences we want to try. Tempest on Water Street is at the top of our list.

The venue has nice exposed brick inside. The overall visual impression is bright and cheerful. It’s right on the water, so the view out the windows is a bonus too. The hostess, servers, and proprietor Mark are all friendly and helpful. They are on to some cutting edge styles and techniques to their creative cuisine here. And the wine list has only the best wines from an affordable range. It’s a fun, upbeat wine list. She starts with Aix Rosé, Coteaux d’Aix En Provence and I go for the Duckhorn Decoy, Sauvignon Blanc. Both are stunners. 

Duckhorn pairs beautifully with the tiger shrimp and scallops;  the rosé goes nicely with the Rockfish. Both come with very tasty vegetables and mashed potatoes. Really tasty! This restaurant could be in Paris, the food is so good! Both wines are truly memorable. 

Wonderful location directly on St. George’s Harbour in this beautiful UNESCO world heritage site. Update: Now that our visit to Bermuda is nearly over, I can compare with the rest. This turned out to be one of the best of our Bermuda visit. We loved this experience! 

Posted in General

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Visiting the Rhone Valley wine region of France – Got to go there at least once in a lifetime!

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Posted in distilleries, spirits

Dark ‘n Stormy recipe – one of Bermuda’s most popular drinks

Here’s how to make a proper Dark ‘n Stormy

  • Pour 6 oz ginger beer (either Barritts or Gosling’s brand) into a tall glass filled with ice
  • Float 2 oz of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum on top. Stir until it looks like a storm cloud.

Optional garnish: lime wedge. 

There’s a magical quality to every Bermuda visit. This is one fine way to duplicate one of the sweetest Bermudian things you can enjoy, even if you’re back on the mainland. It works! I do it all the time.

The Dark ‘n Stormy is trademarked by Gosling’s, so be sure to use real Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, a truly fine rum.

Posted in art

Chris Bacon’s “Flotilla”

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Flotilla by Chris Bacon

‘Flotilla‘ is a beautiful painting! One of the most moving I’ve ever experienced. There is fluidity, movement, emotion, softness, strength, and innocence in this work.  At nearly 30 inches wide, it’s a large piece, with a real presence. The original work of art is available, or as a hand-made print from the artist… http://www.chrisbacon.com/

Bacon grew up in many places around the world as his family followed his father’s work relocations. One of Chris’s favourite childhood locations was Bermuda. He returns often. He is equally drawn to the north and camps and canoes often. He was recognized in 2004 with the Master Wildlife Artist Award from Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, in Wausau, Wisconsin.

– The Wine Baron

Posted in Wine

Wine Hackaton: Pinot vs Bonarda — The Wine Culturist

Have you ever met a wine hacker? I have. Last week I found myself in a narrow brightly-lit room in a far-flung corner of the city, rubbing glasses with Argentina’s hippest wine bloggers at the grandiosely-named PinotBonarda Wine Hackaton. Now let me be clear; there were no geeky, unwashed techies in ironic oversized T-shirts here (ok, […]

via Wine Hackaton: Pinot vs Bonarda — The Wine Culturist

Posted in General

Beauty Fades From the Train

Excellent!

Philip Craddock Writing Portfolio

You stand tall in the train, suspended by a solitary rusty metal chain which you clutch in your worn-out hands. The other grey commuters sit in silence, eyes staring straight ahead at nothing in particular, seemingly without anything to look forward to as they are shunted from point A to point B in their black and white lives.

She sits down in the seat opposite you, in Technicolor, and for a moment you allow your eyes to take her in and your imagination to run wild and free. God, she is beautiful. Her pink hair (you guess it may not be her natural colour) drapes down to her shoulders, carefully styled just enough to not look too unkempt whilst still not detracting from that “Don’t give a damn” persona that you imagine she likes to wear most days.

Her smooth skin is still flush with hope, her lips relaxed into…

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Posted in italian wine

Piccini Villa al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010

A Brunello that’s elegant and true

 We enjoyed this beautiful wine last night with sliced baguette and aged cheeses, including parmigiano (a great match).

Brunello must spend at least 2 years in barrels and cannot be released until the fifth year after harvest. A patient investment to produce an outstanding wine.

We immediately noticed its deep dark red. Complex notes of ripe black cherry and spice contribute to an overall classy and delicate wine. It is smooth as silk and yet has more body than many Brunello’s.

It elegantly makes its presence known.

A past star in Vintages, it has now moved into General List (LCBO # 434696). About $35. 10 Bonus Air Miles in April 2016. Great time to buy. Highly recommended.