Wining And Dining In Europe

I have not stopped blogging. I am on holiday, and the plan was to write about my wine experiences as I tour mainly Paris, Reims, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch as it’s colloquially called) and Amsterdam. What I got totally wrong in my theory was that much as I will be on holiday, I would NOT have time to gather my thoughts and share my experiences with you.

 

I am having a wonderful time, evidence in not making time to write. Every blog post I have written starts with “If you try a different wines, you are bound to figure out which wines you like.” for a reason. I have made it my mission to explore and taste wines I don’t know. I am tasting beers I don’t know and while I am a lager person who does not like Ale, that’s what i am trying as craft beer exploits flavours best in ales and not lagers.
The world of wine is almost endless and staying in your comfort zone and avoiding trying something new is fine, but why settle? I have spent ‘over the normal South African odds’ on wines this holiday, some worth it and some with the wine being good, but not worth the price point. As I sit here and write, I have baby potatoes roasting in the oven with some blue cheese, sliced red onions and garlic all wrapped up in aluminium foil. I did dress it with some salt and pepper and olive oil. 

 

This, together with chicken wings that were oven baked, seasoned with fresh rosemary, olive oil, garlic and lime juice and a coleslaw as well as lettuce salad will be the pairing for the wine of choice tonight. It’s a Bordeaux wine, and the wine consultant at the local “wijn huys” recommended this Pomerol when I asked for a French Bordeaux wine. Something different in that when I have Bordeaux blends back home in South Africa, they are not from the region and the single varietal grapes are local, albeit originally from France.

Wine Tasting, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Is As Good As Blind Tasting

This Châteauneuf-du-Pape was commensurate to the day, the weekend and the week! I didn’t choose to celebrate with it because it is a well known French wine from the Rhône Valley. I chose it because I wanted the oldest vintage I had in my wine collection, and it just so happened to be the bottle that meets that very criteria.

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