Archive for November 2009
Busy, busy, busy. Anyone would think it was nearly Christmas. Have been a little tardy with establishing the line up for this Wednesday’s Big One tasting at the shop (8pm £75pp, a few tickets left), so here’s a bit more information to get those last few spaces filled.
The line up will give us a nice range of styles, as well as being the best kit I can lay my hands on. The list is necessarily provisional as there may be a couple of cheeky “upgrades” if we fill the last few places.
We’ll probably kick off with Champagne: Gosset 1999 vintage (£59.50) is drinking beautifully. I have one white “in the bag” which is the 2006 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir from Christian Moreau (£32). This is just about as good as Chablis gets.
The reds will be equally epic. We have the 1995 Gran Reserva Rioja #890 from la Rioja Alta (£95). This is one of the top two or three Gran Reservas and it’s an excellent vintage. Customers have been swooning over its kid sibling the #904 (£34) so I think we should all have high expectations. We’ll also chuck in a Supertuscan but you will probably have to wait untill the night to find out which one – right now I can’t decide between the 2005 Solengo from Argiano in Montalcino, or the Ilatraia from Brancaia from the Tuscan coast. Something from Bordeaux or the Rhone will also make an appearance. From my own cellar (well, pantry) I’ll bring a mature bottle of D’Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz from McLaren Vale as a “bonus wine”. Maybe a 2001 or 2002; maybe a ninetysomething.
We finish on a high (in several senses) with one of the great dessert wines; a 2007 Von Buhl Forster Pechstein Riesling Eiswein from Pfalz – a mere £135 per half bottle and 299g of sugar per litre.
Simple food (cheeses, cold meat, bread etc) will be served. if you’re not already signed up we hope you can join us!
In mid November we held a very succesful cellar tasting which largely confirmed this as one of the very noblest of the noble varieties. Having said that we started with the “idiosyncratic” Coriole Nebbiolo Rose 2008 (£12.50) which has lots of rhubarb and prune character and provokes a “Marmite” (love or hate) reaction from our customers. Back to the mainstream with the wonderful 2005 Nebbiolo d’Alba “Bricco Barone”, Marziano Abbona (£16.25) which shows riper more generous fruit than the “senior” wines and certainly blows away any “supermarket” Barolo at the price.
Welcome to Bottle Apostle and a bit of preliminary waffle as I get used to this blogging lark. We opened our lovely shop in Lauriston Road, Victoria Park in July of this year, to lots of rejoicing amongst locals as well as compliments on the shopfit, designed by Sant Design with lots of lovely visuals by our graphic designer Andrew Fairhurst. Nearly 4 months on we still get students taking photos of our feature logo window for projects.
We stock around 350 wines plus a compact selection of beers and spirits. We don’t like to cram the shop full as we need space for buggies and prams! This means a wine really has to earn its position on the shelves. We shy away from the big brands and focus on the less familiar and hard to find.
We also have 4 shiny Enomatic sampling machines allowing us to have 32 wines available for sampling; just top up an “oyster card” with credit and away you go – samples cost from 35p to £15 for wines from £6 to £300. Weekly tutored wine events are held in our cellar, which are proving very popular. This week, for example, we are having a Fireworks Night-themed supper club (sold out); next week a Nebbiolo tasting. You can also hire our cellar / tasting room for private events.