Category Archives: Alsatian Wine

Superb Summer Treats: Non-Champagne European Sparkling Wines

The summery theme for our July Euro Lunch was sparkling wines from throughout Europe with the exception of Champagne. We excluded Champagne so as to give more focus to our theme, and to afford ourselves the opportunity to taste and compare some of the wonderful Cavas, sparkling Loire and Jura wines, and fizzy Italians that are out there, among others. As usual, our chef at Donato, Pedro Ayala, did an outstanding job of pairing very creative dishes to our wines. The result was a delightful summer afternoon of bubbles and flavor that made me thankful for the felicitous combo of summer weather and sparkling wine, as well as for wonderful wine-loving friends to enjoy them with.
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Zind-Humbrecht ’05s and ’06s: Premox and other concerns

This was a troublesome tasting. I’ve had numerous delicious, concentrated Zind-Humbrecht SGNs and Vendage Tardives over the years, which have aged well. I’ve also had a lot of semi-dry Zind-Humbrechts that aged well. Nonetheless, in this tasting, over two days, of 14 recent vintage Z-H Muscats, Gewurzes, Rieslings and Pinot Grises, at least six were showing signs of premature oxidation, and only a couple of them were really superior examples of the region and style. in searches since this tasting, I’ve seen several notes from others referring to premox problems with Zind-Humbrechts in the past several years. Is there something going on with this estate, much like so many white Burgundy producers, that we need to worry about? Continue reading

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