Monthly Archives: February 2011

Mixed dinner wines, much of it bubbling, “chez Bisty”

Dinner chez Bisty with many good wines and a high proportion of bubbles, some “Bisty wines” and some BYOs from me and another guest. Served blind, although sometimes there had been a few clues. Right over to the wines! Diebolt-Vallois … Continue reading

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How bad is actually a standard Chardonnay from Gallo?

Gallo are not noted for particularly good wines – at least not under their own brand name, because they also have interests in some other brands that are not called “Gallo”. “Wine for Coca Cola drinkers” is a judgment I’ve … Continue reading

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Mixed reds and fortifieds served blind

The course-intensive Swedish wine tasting association Munskänkarna only arranges tests at the highest level (“level 3”, should roughly corresond to WSET Diploma level) every second year – typically theoretical test in November of even-numbered years followed by a practical test … Continue reading

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Stella Bella Chardonnay 2008

Decanter magazine recently went through 116 Australian Chardonnays from 2007, 2008 and 2009, and awarded five of them a “Decanter award”. A short report on this can be read here. One of these five turned out to be available in a nearby outlet for Aussie wines at … Continue reading

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