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Spice Boy, Chris Hill! Wines For Spicy Foods

Friday, 9 November 2007

Chillies, Peppers, Chris Hill. . . All these things are hot n'spicy and Chris is going to teach us what wines will match!

1.
Name       Champagne Taittinger Brut NV


Producer Champagne Taittinger

Vintage    Non Vintage

Country & Region France - Champagne

Grape Varieties 40% Chardonnay, 60% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Tasting Notes
Golden straw yellow in colour, the bubbles are fine and the mousse is both discreet and persistent.  The nose, very expressive and open, is both fruity and bready.  It exudes aromas of peach, white flowers (may blossom, acacia) and vanilla pod.  On the palate this lively fresh wine is at once in harmony.  This is a delicate wine with flavours of fresh fruit and honey. 

Food Matches
SPICY NACHOS
, also may be drunk as an apéritif or with food.  A perfect partner for white meats, fish, shell-fish and mushroom-based quiches

Interesting Stories On Wine
  Bronze Winner  - Decanter World Wine Awards, Oct. 2007

Price €52.99

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2.
Name       Forrest Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Producer  John Forrest

Vintage    2006

Country & Region  MARLBOROUGH / NEW ZEALAND

Grape Varieties      SAUVIGNON BLANC

Tasting Notes
Elegance is what this wine is all about: delicate flavours of blackcurrant leaf, elder flower, nettles, gooseberries and a subtle mineral quality all wrapped up in a clean, dry and very long finish.

Food Matches
THAI FOOD - Thai Green Curry

Interesting Stories On Wine
From the first wave of European settlers in Marlborough, the Forrest family has grown deep roots in the region.  This historical connection and tradition drew Drs John, Brigid and family back home to Marlborough in 1988 from successful international careers in biomedical research. Vintage 1990 saw the first Forrest wine, and immediate success with their 1990 Cabernet Rose that was awarded the Directors Trophy for Champion Rose/Blush at the 1990 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Many more gold medals and trophies have followed, both national and international, including the title of New Zealand's Winemaker of the Year being awarded to John at the 2001 Royal Easter Show

Price €14.00

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3.
Name       Trimbach Gewurztraminer

Producer  Trimbach

Vintage: 2004

Country & Region France Alsace

Grape Varieties Gewurztraminer

Tasting Notes
This is a dry wine and shows classic restraint without losing the grape's exotic, spicy character.  Full, balanced and very aromatic

Food Matches Chicken Tikka Masala with Naan, also, Ideal as aperitif , good with spicy foods, Chinese

Price €16.95

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4.
Name    Mercury Rouge

Producer  Faiveley

Vintage  2005

Country & region  France Burgandy

Grape Varieties  Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes 
The colour is very dark, the colour of very ripe cherries.  It has a powerful fragrance of red fruits with underlying okay aromas.  The palate is quite powerful with a virile attack.  Have impression of tasting a barrel sample.  This wine is vigorous, rich, still fruity and has quite pronounced tannins. 

Food Matches
Chilli Con Carne, Light dishes such as Chicken and Turkey. Good with fruit and Cheese.

Price
€12.99

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