Year: 2019

2015 Petit Bout de Lune

Fabien Bonnet and Stefania Galimberti are the ones behind the Les Petits Riens. They strive by the holistic approach living according to the cycles of nature, in harmony with the earth and sky. Even the bottles are sealed with their own produced beeswax. Is this still heroic viticulture or more harmonic viticulture? ūüėČ Les Petits Riens are making fantastic wines with a total dedication to the cause. Their approach is what one would call true craftsmanship. The quantities of the wines produced are limited. The reason is to be able to personally follow all the phases and care for the wines they make. All the wines are done biologically and actually to what would also fit the Demeter requirements. Les Petits Riens don’t own the certifications, just as many winemakers producing quality wines in the Valle d’Aosta. The reason is straightforward – they don’t need any logo to make amazing wines. The vineyard Fabio and Stefania work with is two hectares, with cultivated 12 different native and non-native vines (local Cornalin, Petit Rouge, Gamay, Erbaluce, …

2018 Roter Riesling - Winnica Silesian

2018 Roter Riesling – Winnica Silesian

Winnica Silesian¬†is a new brand to the polish wine market, but they already managed to get widespread attention. The foundation is strong – there is a lovely story, a vivid design, there are the personality and the young strength, as well as and good social media coverage. But is there also a final product – the wine? Well, yes!¬† The first thing one notices is the beautiful label design. Each of the labels bears a different picture of the family or the property, accompanied by a short story and wine description. The Roter Riesling’s label tells us a story about the founder’s brother, his horse, and his temper, which shall be resembled in the character of the wine – cheerful, young and playful. Before we get to the wine, what is the¬†Roter Riesling? For a long time, it was believed that the grape is the ancestor of the well-known white¬†Riesling¬†grape. The DNA analysis conducted in 2009 contradicted the popular view. It turned out that the¬†red Riesling¬†is a mutation of the white grape. It is more …

2018 Mari di Ripiddu Etna Bianco

Etna Bianco 2018 from Mari di Ripiddu is my first approach to wine from grapes grown on volcanic soil and also from that particular area near Catania.¬† I didn’t know what to expect besides some minerality, possibly salty tang, stone aromas. I certainly was not disappointed about that encounter. This particular 2018 Etna Bianco is a truly beautiful wine, perfect for a hot summer day. The grapes are Carricante and Catarratto, which are indigenous to southern Italy, especially to Sicily. The first is a high yield grape cultivated in slopes of Etna for a thousand years. The latter grape is a descendant of a well-known grape Garganega, which is used to produce many easy-drinking wines. Appearance:¬†clean, paleNose:¬†clean, fresh with clear lime zest aromas, a little wax, and stone Palate:¬†dry, medium+ acidity – good incorporated, not disturbing, aromas of green apple, hints of iron on the palate.

2017 Petit Pittacum

I don’t really remember why did I completely stop enjoying and drinking red wine, but it took me years to get back to it. I think it was a couple of months ago when I randomly had some Amarone della Valpolicella. Since then, somehow, I discovered red wine again. Petit Pittacum is made by the Bodega Pittacum located in Arganza, north from Ponferrada and Villafranca del Bierzo, in the western part of the province Le√≥n. Even though the winery officially opened for business in 1999, they are focused on locating older vines (50 – 110 years old), growing in different microclimates and soils, which will allow bringing different characteristics forward. They are dedicated to the grape Menc√≠a, and the 2017 Petit Pittacum is a 100%. Grapes for that particular wine come from a small distributed plots of a 100 years old Menc√≠a vines, located on the hills in the El Bierzo. Sourced from the slopes facing east and north, growing in the clay soil. The hills and the valleys in the El Bierzo are creating …

How to pair wine with Paella?

A year ago I spent some time in the beautiful city of Valencia. While soaking in the local traditions, culture, language, I was also interested in local cuisine. One of the essential dishes is definitely the paella. In Valencia, the paella Valenciana comes only with rabbit, chicken, and snails. There is one with seafood, which is also very popular, especially with delicious fresh ingredients. The third common type is the paella with vegetables only, where most of the attention gets several local varieties of beans. Well, I was not only eating the paella but also learned how to prepare it. This part of the year brings all the memories again, about the time I have spent in Spain. Even though paella is not a very autumn dish, I noticed some fresh beans in the local markets and decided to cook one again. Side fact: in such an international city like Frankfurt am Main, with a large Spanish/Latin community, it is surprisingly hard to get the proper paella rice! Even in places like Kleinmarkthalle, you will …

Godello, the grape that almost went extinct

Godello is not an ordinary grape, it brings an interesting story with it. Imagine, once it almost went extinct, but thank the hard work of Spanish viticulturists it‚Äôs slowly gaining more interest. The interest well deserved!¬† Where does the grape really come from? Some sources say that it was first recorded near Valencia, in the town of Godella. Other sources say that it was first cultivated in the Galician region, somewhere near the border with Portugal, which would also be supported by its genetic proximity to local Portuguese grapes. Wherever it really came from in the past, no one can deny the quality of the wines that are produced with that grape‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚Ääboth as a varietal wine and as blends.¬† ‚ÄúUnder the dictatorship of General Franco, the wine export was prohibited. Additionally, he believed wine should be restricted only to the needs of the Church.‚ÄĚ I can still clearly remember my first encounter with Godello. It was in Valencia in Spain, and I had only a little clue about wine at that time. I was hunting …