It’s Friday so I’m back with another Wine of the Week.
This week I’ve decide to focus on a white wine from South Africa’s Cape. A tiny production, this wine is put together from very carefully selected parcels of grapes from growers who show almost unnatural levels of dedication in the vineyard. The aim is to produce grapes that are perfectly balanced, expressing fabulous intensity and purity.
I’ve worked for Virgin Wines for several years now and until recently, had never connected Romania with winemaking despite its long history of viticulture. As a lover of film I associate Romania with the exploits of Dracula in Transylvania, a territory bounded by the Carpathian mountain range. A region associated with mysterious tales of supernatural beings, vampires if you will or as the Romanians call them strigoi!
Shrove Tuesday marks the last day of gluttony before a period of fasting known as Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday. In the UK we mark this day by making pancakes. Although there’s no reason why we can’t have pancakes whenever we fancy, it’s a lovely tradition and one I indulge in every year with likeminded friends.
I like to make pancakes the real focus of the evening by making savoury pancakes for a main dish and follow them up with a sweet dessert version. Read on to see what I’ll be making and I’ve added a wine match from our range for each.
Perez Cruz has been a customer favourite for years and it really is no surprise. This week I focus on the Perez Cruz Cot Reserva Limited Edition 2012. The estate is still family owned and their commitment to producing only the finest of wines has continued to grow since their first vintage in 2002. Watch the video below and let me know what you think. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @DR_VirginWines
I was greeted at breakfast by a sign hanging above the breakfast bar that read:
Chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, or birth defects or other reproductive harm may be present in foods or beverages sold or served here.
It is interesting to note that, despite this advance knowledge, there weren’t further signs, on individual foods (or beverages), stating, ‘What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger (and this will kill you)’, or, ‘Tumour on toast’, or, ‘Coffin Cheerios’. Or even, ‘Safe!’.
It’s Fairtrade Fortnight (24th February to 9th March 2014) and we are delighted to have confirmed the next stage of our ongoing participation in the Fairhills Fairtrade Project – the largest Fairtrade wine project in the world. We will donate funds from the sale of our Fairtrade wines to help build an after-care facility for children at a primary school in South Africa.
With Fair Trade fortnight just around the corner, I’m focusing on our Usizo range of wines and the fabulous project the wines support. This Sauvignon Blanc is a great partner to grilled fish and spicy soups. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @DR_VirginWines and I may pop the odd tweet on about the delights of curling or figure skating.
We recently partnered Rick Stein for his live show at the London Palladium, where a wine from our range was matched with each delicious dish prepared on the night. Over the coming weeks we are going to share the recipes with you along with the wine matches that were chosen. If you decide to try your hand at any of the recipes, don’t forget to share it with us on our Facebook or Twitter pages.
Wines for the festive season were the subject of many reviews throughout November and December.
In the Sunday Express S Magazine, Jamie Goode focused on Christmas gifts and recommended our Fonseca Guimaraens Port 1996 Funnel Pack in Individual Wooden Box. He described the port as being “pleasantly mellow, complex and ripe for drinking straight away”.
In David Williams’ column “40 Wines for Christmas” in The Observer, he picked out our Pazo Senorans Albarino Anada 2005, which he described it as “sea-spray fresh” and as having “a peachy flavour and some Riesling-like tones”.
Personally I’m not sure you need a specific day to tell someone you love them. However ‘hallmark’ have given us a day to do exactly that! That day is today!
There really is no need to break the bank as it’s the thought that counts right!? But if your budget does allow it then going for the ‘real deal’, a bottle of Rose Champagne adds an extra bit of oomph. If it doesn’t then don’t panic. There are a number of alternatives available to select from and at some superb prices, you might even be able to stretch to two bottles!
My name is Jess and I am the Head of Tasting and Events here at Virgin Wines HQ. It’s my job to organise the tasting events we hold each year across the UK. I love what I do because in simple terms; I organise nights where our customers have a great night out with friends trying all our wonderful wines!
I have worked for Virgin Wines for over 6 years, so I have attended many of our tastings, and what I think is great is that even the staff love working the tastings! I am still pretty new at the events job; however I am looking forward to making our 2014 tastings bigger and better than ever before!
With the Winter Olympics in full flow, I’m back with my wine of the week, and fittingly it’s an Eiswein! A beautiful sweet offering that I’m sure you will love. You can pair this wine with a sweet dessert or make it the dessert, as it has that perfect balance. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @DR_VirginWines and I may pop the odd tweet on about the delights of curling or figure skating.
Two years in computing is a long time. Remember the “New iPad”? Released in March 2012, the New iPad, or iPad 3 as practically everyone other than Apple calls it, is now 2 generations out of date; the bleeding edge is the iPad Air.
Thankfully for me the world of servers and “big iron” as it’s known in the business, isn’t quite so fast and furious. Things are expected to last for that little bit longer and your hardware isn’t made obsolete almost the second it leaves the factory. That said, time marches on and occasionally we need to do a tech refresh. We did one a couple of years ago and the time has come to do another.
With the Superbowl this weekend, I have opted for something from the USA for my wine of the week. The Zin & Repentance Old Vine Zinfandel 2012 from the Lodi region in California is the wine in question and it’s a belter. A great match for ribs of beef or casserole and an even better partner to the game! I am back with a video this week, so sit back and check out what I have to say about this American beauty!
A number of our wines were featured in the press during the Autumn months and today I am going to share them with you here.
Terry Kirby writing in The Independent featured our Odfjell Old Vine Carignan 2011 in his Wine of the Week column as a perfect match for Sunday Lunch. “Warming and satisfying, made from old Carignan vines in Chile’s Maule Valley, there are fresh black cherry fruits mingling with tastes of leather, vanilla and a hint of chocolate, all of which linger on the palate for a long time” he wrote.
Meanwhile, in the October edition of the Sheffield Profile Magazine, Richard Marsden reviewed a number of our wines, including our Domaine Andre Brunel Viognier 2012. “The juicy, gooseberry aroma when cracking open this wine mixes with tropical fruits and some citrus on the palate, which is soft and rounded” he said.