Sunday, December 14, 2008

Expensive Lady

Does wine have gender..course it does!!
Pinot is feminine..SHE is voluptuous..shows her curves.....smells sexy.

Cabernet Sauvignon..well..HE is for you girls...
Syrah..don't let's go there!
Joking aside....this young lady tonight has a story behind her...
The Pinot Cup is held every year at the end of November. By the time the winners reach the press in January..the wines are long gone. However..your dedicated blogger has always managed to get odd bottles.
The secret...type in 'Pinot Cup' in early December..and then call the merchant listing it.
In 2006 I managed to get some Schmitts Kinder 2004....but in 2007..no luck.
In this case..the only one showing the wine was in Switzerland..which figures as the wine is Swiss.
French Switzerland to be exact (there are also areas speaking Italian and German). Cost of a bottle 22,-- Euros. An email was sent and a reply received..post and packaging worked out at 10,-- Euros per bottle.. Payment was made and I waited. Now..this girl isn't at fault here...can't blame her...the package arrived and the postman asked for 20 Euros for the 3 bottle package...!!!!.customs tax!!!..oops..yes..Switzerland is not in the European Community(things change in January with some sort of treaty being signed..but the wine would have gone by then). Oh well...almost 7 Euros on top of the price.....but it had won first prize at the tasting...so 39,-- Euros....
Was it worth it?...well....short answer..maybe not...but let's continue with the lady's adventure.
My wife, brother-in-law and myself out for the evening at a favourite haunt...I can take my own wine..and pay the corkage (you see how this gal is getting more expensive as we go on...but then again...we men should know this)...as I was the lone wine drinker..a Pinot was a must with a varied mix of food. I started out with grilled squid, and I tried my wife's beef carpaccio with white truffle(we tend to share out food at our table). Next course was pasta with white truffles( was a theme for the evening..which had me beaming)..my wife some delicious warm goose livers. The 3rd course was the house speciality..Duck with dates and figs...as always...delicious..my wife satisfied herself with some lobster. Where am I going here?..other than making your mouth water...well....could the wine combat all that lot?
Well.. she was sparsely dressed..our Swiss Maid..the small label..short and sweet..and she spent her youth in 500 liter oak barrels....
Wegelin Malanser Blauburgunder Reserva 2006
Graubünden, Switzerland
Opening she showed a fresh crushed cherry aroma...and the slightly reserved style I find in Swiss wines..a little more 'oomph' would be a plus (Gantenbein is a great example)..the weight is where she let herself down with the food (skinny birds never appealed to me)...slightly bitter fruit...but slipped down easily...the owner of the restaurant managed to get a small glass..the rest I divulged over 4 hours at the table (good food needs time)..and only at the end did Miss Swiss 2006 show her better sides....trace of marzipan and almonds....
Review....this girl needed to be alone with me....and then she would have pointed higher..maybe she still will...2 of her sisters are lying in my cellar .Oh yes...and they will be a little cheaper..I forgot to mention the corkage on the wine. She was one expensive Madame!
Points 17

4 comments:

Edward said...

I never thought you were the sort to kiss and tell :)

An excellent post by the way.

Simon said...

I'd just like to say that I really enjoy reading your blog. However, I have to be a pedant here and point out that the wine is from German and not French-speaking Switzerland. Malans is situated in Graubünden - Switzerland's biggest canton situated in the east of the country (or Grisons, if you prefer the French/old-fashioned "English" spelling).

Barry said...

Simon...maybe I didn't make it clear.. I was referring to the merchant being in French Switzerland & only speaking French....

Thanks for reading the blog..and don't hesitate to let me know of any future mistakes..it keeps me on my toes...

Joe said...

Are you sure this was a girl and not a man wearing lipstick?

The tax man always taketh - I was raped and pillaged with a case of wine I brought back from Napa - the Canadian border gang make the German taxman sound kind and helpful.

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