A Grisly Discovery and a Mosey Down the Mosel for the White Daily Slosh

1 Mar

Malivoire_Pinot_grisDropped in to Malivoire a while back and tasted a nice break from the ordinary Niagara slate – a pinot gris. Everybody who ends up sloshing the ubiquitous pinot grigio, needs to try this. You won’t recognize the grigio in this wine. It has a lot more flesh (or as my typo says – felsh) and is a really, really interesting wine. Don’t read: interesting and see: weird, different and threatening. See: fun, satisfying and just right for sipping on a surprisingly warm March afternoon. For the 2011 Malivoire Pinot Gris (#591305 $19.95), if I was a wine geek, I’d say that this is Alsatian style. But, I’m not, so I won’t. But, if you wanted one like that, this is it – rounder and more substantial than the usual pinot grigio.

HenryPelChardA couple of chardonnays need some love – 2011 Henry of Pelham Barrel Fermented Estate Chardonnay (#268342 $19.95) and 2010 Te Awa Chardonnay (#301135 $18.95). Before we get into the riveting description of these wines, remember to serve them a bit warmer than freezing cold from the ice box. Wine Lecture of the Week: I think chardonnay needs a bit of room temperature to flesh out, get jiggy, and realize its potential. Both these wines will satisfy the wine lover who says they don’t like oak-dominated wines (liars, most of them) and still satisfy those who unequivocally say that oak is the bloke that stokes their……..sorry ran out of ‘oke’ words. Send in your suggestions. As I usually do, I’d suggest a coupling of these for a tasting. Bring some friends over. You do have friends, right? And, try them both.

1999 ReichsgrafA friend told me of his experience with a Mosel wine a while ago. He liked it a lot – had it with a foie gras appetizer. Apparently the appetizer cost five times what the wine did. Imagine how proud the family of that duck was. With that incredibly touching story in mind, I’m recommending a special Mosel Riesling 1999 Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese (#313502 $19.95). Check the vintage on this baby. This means that it’s brimming with petrol, mineral stuff, and still bringing the fruit. It’s not technically dry but why won’t you drink sweeter wines? Why? To quote an older relative, “This is perfectly good.” Actually way better than that. Have it with something spicy to match its acidity. Everyone needs one of these for their basement just in case they’re having sushi, mild curry or barbecue chips.

One Response to “A Grisly Discovery and a Mosey Down the Mosel for the White Daily Slosh”

  1. the winegetter March 3, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    What an awesome price tag on the Kesselstatt. Incredible.

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