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Monthly Archives: February 2014

  • A is for Alsace

    Earning a listing for one of your wines at a Michelin-starred restaurant is a proud moment – so what must it be like to be featured by every single three Michelin-starred restaurant in France (that’s 26 in total)? It’s an accolade that reflects the historic excellence and purist vision of F. E. Trimbach, unquestionably one of the great names of Alsace and a family business that can trace its origins all the way back to 1626.

    Twelve generations later, the Trimbachs of 2014 – brothers Bernard and Hubert, plus Bernard’s sons, Pierre and Jean – remain true to the philosophy handed down to them by their 19th century ancestor, Frédéric Emile (aka the man who put the “F.E.” into F. E. Trimbach). In stylistic terms, that means wines made in a bone-dry style, strong on structure, longevity and fruit, with unparalleled elegance, balance and food-friendly versatility.

    From the zesty freshness of Trimbach Pinot Blanc to the rich opulence of Clos Sainte Hune Riesling – one of the region’s greatest wines – Trimbach offers a pure reflection of the sun-warmed, limestone-dominated vineyards surrounding Ribeauvillé, the medieval town that has been the family’s home for nearly a century.

    It’s a style perhaps best summed up by Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile: the Trimbach family’s signature wine, bone-dry and tingling with minerality, treading a fine line between powerful intensity and delicate freshness, and built to last for many years.

    And then there are the exceptions to the trademark Trimbach “dry” philosophy, the luscious, sumptuous dessert wines under the Vendanges Tardives or Sélection des Grains Nobles labels. Sweet, yes, but remaining true to the Trimbach vision – eschewing the vulgar or obvious in favour of length, depth and finesse.

    F. E. Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2010 - this is a versatile wine that sums up the Trimbach style – dry, citrus fruit, bags of personality and lip-smacking freshness. Great with or without food, but if you are going to eat, go local with a tarte flambée or cold charcuterie, or stick to the tried and trusted: shellfish and light appetizers. Alternatively – just pour and enjoy.

    F. E. Trimbach Pinot Noir Réserve 2011 – Pinot Noir, but perhaps not as you know it; bright and light, mingling vibrant red fruit and a herby touch. Pinot Noir Alsace style!

    Served slightly cool, this is the perfect match for smoked charcuterie and pan-fried duck, but it also has the structure for red meats and mature cheeses.

    Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile 2007 –  a model of understated power and intensity, this is a full-bodied Riesling with great depth and mineral undertones. Rich, ripe and with the acidity to match fine foods. It is robust enough to stand up to local foods such as goose, pork and Alsacien meats – delicious!

  • We did it!

    “Success is proven by the soreness of the feet.”

    Proverb, origin unknown

     

    Our feet are sore, it’s a success!  Enotria’s Annual Portfolio Tasting took place in the Saatchi Gallery yesterday (Tuesday 25th February) and we are more than a little bit chuffed with the outcome.

    On the day we had 103 producers on hand, pouring over 700 wines, and a whopping 1200 customers who came along to taste them.

    The day started with our Italian Heritage Gallery and a timeline tracking Enotria’s history up to the present day. Rounding the corner to Fizz, Bang, Pop! and our intrepid guests found themselves in an Alice in Wonderland-esque garden, flowing with vines, tendrils and grapes for a selection of our finest bubbles. Crossing the hall, we introduced our Discovery range with the WineTubeMap and finally we rounded off the first level of the tasting with our Boutique Showcase where some of our lesser known, artisan wines became a little less elusive. This was a beautiful snapshot of wines that really encapsulate all that is exciting and inspiring about the world of wine.

    Some might think that enough for one day, but our customers proved that theory wrong as the upper galleries heaved with sippers and sniffers quizzing all of our producers from far flung corners of the globe on their fantastic line-up of wines.

    On top of all of the Enotria wine on offer, we also launched our brand new look to the public. We’ve tuned in to the two things most important to us: Great Wine. Inspiring People.  And we are looking forward to extending our cleaner, more colourful image to our websites in the not too distant future.

    A huge thank you to everyone who came along to support our event, we had a great time and hope you did too!

    A

  • Australia Day Tasting

    Last week’s Australia Day Tasting was a huge success and it would appear that Australia is well and truly back on form! There was a huge amount of energy  and enthusiasm from Importers and producers alike and the wines have never looked better.

    A couple of favourite children from the Australian portfolio.

     

    Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon

    £16.25

    Xanadu will need to upsize their trophy cabinet and recruit an assistant medal polisher after cleaning up on the wine show circuit in Australia. Xanadu collected four trophies at The National Wine Show for Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon...so if those finely tuned palettes are to be trusted this tipple is a winner.  Hailing from the beautiful Margaret River in Western Australia, this wine is full bodied, yet refined. More Audrey than Marilyn, this is brimming with vibrant red and black sweet fruit. Try it with a hearty lamb and tomato stew. 

    Kooyong Clonale Chardonnay

    £19.95

     Mornington Peninsula is a teeny tiny (by Australian standards) area in rural Victoria just 50km south of Melbourne. The peninsula stretches out into the Southern Ocean, is influenced by the gulf winds, and is often battered by the wind and rain that rolls in from the sea.  Couple this with hot summers and clear skies and you’ve got yourself the perfect climate to grow Chardonnay…and winemaker and all-round great guy Sandro does a pretty spectacular job of it.

    Australian Chardonnay has truly come of age and this wine is a gorgeous example – think ripe pears and toasted almonds with a creamy texture and fresh, racy finish. This would give most white Burgundies a serious run for their money. For a delicious Sunday treat, drink it with chicken stuffed with lemon and thyme and roasted low and slow.

    Skillogalee Riesling

    £14.95

    The Clare Valley is one of the most picturesque places on earth, rolling hills, endless sunshine and the best pie shop in Australia (and therefore possibly the world). This is well and truly Riesling country and husband and wife team Dave and Diana Palmer have crafted a wine that has personality is spades. A beautifully crisp and aromatic wine – think fresh limes, lemons and zingy sherbet. Great with fish, or on its own, or in the sunshine while dreaming of warmer climes…

    For your cellar

    Henschke Keyneton Euphonium (Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot)

    £30

    In the high country of the Eden Valley family owned winery Henschke have been crafting wines of amazing precision and pedigree for over 150 years. Simply put, this wine is seriously irresistible, so while it’s named as the ‘For your cellar’ wine, I’m not convinced that I have the patience or the will power. Packed with black cherry, ripe plums, chocolate and savoury herbs, it has incredible intensity and a rounded, lush blackcurrant flavour. Have it with grilled beef, keep it simple (possibly try a small side salad if you must...) and let the wine shine.

  • Enotria’s Annual Portfolio Tasting is go!

    Enotria’s Annual Tasting, to be held at Chelsea’s Saatchi Gallery on February 25th, will be their largest tasting yet, featuring over 700 wines from more than 100 producers, across 15 countries.

    In addition to an impressive line-up of wines and producers, there will also be a series of focus rooms, where guests will be treated to a carefully curated selection of wines – designed for maximum enjoyment and engagement. These will include a gallery dedicated to Enotria’s evolution over four decades – from Italian agent to the UK’s leading specialist wine importer.

    With sparkling wine still the fastest growing category in the UK, there will be a room dedicated to all things bubbly, highlighting the extensive sparkling and Champagne range from Enotria. Undiscovered gems will become a little less elusive, with a Boutique showcase designed to help customers find some new stars for their list, from Patagonia to Puglia, and from Monterey to the Mornington Peninsula.

    Enotria believe passionately in finding the right language to build confidence and engage and this will come to life in the Discovery Tube Map gallery! Enotria is committed to helping customers enhance the wine experience for their customers by working with them to discover the best solutions for their range, and highlighting how effective training can give staff increased confidence to encourage their customers to try something different.

    Alison Levett, Enotria CEO said, “Our portfolio encapsulates all that is great and good about the world of wine – small artisan producers, iconic names and wineries that are true pioneers in their regions. This really is a fantastic opportunity for our customers to meet producers, discover new wines and re-acquaint themselves with old favourites.

     The tasting is also a great opportunity to launch over 100 new wines and a handful of brand new producers, including Strandveld, Fowles Wine, Burch Family Wines, Bodegas Coviňas, Omero Cellars, Antonio Caggiano, Domaine Henri Delagrange and Champagne R Dumont & Fils.

    She added: “There is a commitment to quality among our producers that is hugely exciting. As guests explore on the day I hope they’ll be inspired by the bevy of talented people, their wines and their stories.”

    Guests can register for the event online here!

    Tuesday 25th February 11:00 - 18:00

    Saatchi Gallery, Kings Road, London SW3 4RY

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