I got invited to this fancy wine dinner last night where I had to wear a sport coat in Santa Monica and they poured this 2012 Chassagne Montrachet from magnum. Paired with pan fried scallop appetizer. It’s a blast of acacia, honeysuckle, white tea, lemon zest, ripe green apple, and a mouthful of fleshy pears. Oh and hey world, *this* is how you use new oak. It’s not a the lead singer, it’s not a never ending guitar solo. It’s the bass line that lays back in the mix and holds the whole song together without anyone realizing it. Precision. Balance. The real thing.
From the mountains of the Andes to the coasts of the South Africa, we have producers whose tireless work reflects the environment from which they craft their wines. Working with the land, not against it, these producers create wines of typicity and quality using what the land gives them and harnessing it as best they can. . . The sea breeze is both a saviour and curse to many a coastal vineyard. The cooling influence can help moderate heat and humidity allowing a long ripening period, but these same influences can ravage the vines with forceful winds and beating rain. At their best coastal vineyards can provide ripe, concentrated, but also delicate and elegant wines. . . Discover the wines of coastal vineyards and many more at our Lie of the Land tasting in Edinburgh on Monday. . . Photo Credit: The Drift Farm, South Africa. #wine#winemaker#southafrica#coastal#vineyard#organic#natural#lieoftheland#winelover#coast#edinburgh#winetasting#edinburghwine#scotland#scotlandwine#alliancewine#foodie#scotland#sommelier