Scarlet Fever Llanelli Rugby Sport Wales Tickets Homepage
Forum Home Forum Home > SOCIAL > CHAT BOARD
  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - The wine and beer thread (all drinks allowed!)
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Register Register  Login Login


The wine and beer thread (all drinks allowed!)

 Post Reply Post Reply Page  <1 26272829>
Author
Message
reesytheexile View Drop Down
Veteran
Veteran


Joined: 11 August 2012
Location: Machynys
Status: Offline
Points: 17400
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote reesytheexile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 August 2023 at 12:12am
EO ,Great to have that bit of French insight about the development of youngsters with prospects for professional rugby careers. 

Back to Top
Sponsored Links


Back to Top
Eastern outpost View Drop Down
Rambler
Rambler
Avatar

Joined: 13 March 2012
Location: South Suffolk
Status: Offline
Points: 21752
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eastern outpost Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 August 2023 at 9:15am
Have tried a lightly sweet white in the last week from one of our regular vineyards, Chateau les Grimard. After going there all these years, we realised that we’d not tasted it so had a sample and bought a bottle.

All-round approval means we’ll buy more next week. Not sure where it sits re medium, however, as an aperitif with some nibbles, it’s most pleasant. It’s a Cote de Montravel AOC and is less sweet than others of the same AOC that we’ve tasted.

Off to Chateau Vandenbeld this evening for a 4 course dinner outside by the vines and pretty much unlimited tasting of their wines. Self-restraint to be tested and we have a willing designated driver.
In a world where you can be anything – Be Kind.
Back to Top
GPR - Rochester View Drop Down
Veteran
Veteran
Avatar

Joined: 01 December 2014
Location: Rhydcymerau
Status: Offline
Points: 18615
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GPR - Rochester Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 August 2023 at 9:33am
Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Have tried a lightly sweet white in the last week from one of our regular vineyards, Chateau les Grimard. After going there all these years, we realised that we’d not tasted it so had a sample and bought a bottle.

All-round approval means we’ll buy more next week. Not sure where it sits re medium, however, as an aperitif with some nibbles, it’s most pleasant. It’s a Cote de Montravel AOC and is less sweet than others of the same AOC that we’ve tasted.

Off to Chateau Vandenbeld this evening for a 4 course dinner outside by the vines and pretty much unlimited tasting of their wines. Self-restraint to be tested and we have a willing designated driver.

Have pity on the driver EO limit yourself to a few bottles. Wink
Back to Top
GPR - Rochester View Drop Down
Veteran
Veteran
Avatar

Joined: 01 December 2014
Location: Rhydcymerau
Status: Offline
Points: 18615
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GPR - Rochester Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2023 at 9:34am
Interesting article on the beeb today. Apparently the French government are buying up 200m euros worth of surplus wine stocks from French producers. The reason is that throughout Europe wine consumption is falling - in some places quite dramatically at 20-30% in Germany & Portugal. Craft beers are moving in. Hope you are listening RR1972 & EO - this is a challenge which the three of us are I am sure well up to - we must do our bit to get the wine consumption back to where it belongs. Wink
Back to Top
Eastern outpost View Drop Down
Rambler
Rambler
Avatar

Joined: 13 March 2012
Location: South Suffolk
Status: Offline
Points: 21752
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eastern outpost Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2023 at 2:16pm
Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Interesting article on the beeb today. Apparently the French government are buying up 200m euros worth of surplus wine stocks from French producers. The reason is that throughout Europe wine consumption is falling - in some places quite dramatically at 20-30% in Germany & Portugal. Craft beers are moving in. Hope you are listening RR1972 & EO - this is a challenge which the three of us are I am sure well up to - we must do our bit to get the wine consumption back to where it belongs. Wink
 Very familiar with this. I was told the price per hectare although can’t recall it now. It might be about €10,000 per hectare. At the peak, it was about three times that when the Chinese were buying. They’ve mostly abandoned ship and gone home, many without telling anyone and leaving lots of folk in the lurch.

Lots of schemes have been very popular - whether converting surplus wine to eg hand sanitiser, food products or perfume, or to repurposing the land completely.

The bottom end of the market is being squeezed out and it should still be fine for the better vineyards, although no guarantees. Good marketing plus good product is key.

Even good vineyards struggle to make profits and have to diversify into other areas such as upmarket B&B plus evening meals etc. One of those we know has been inundated with bookings since appearing on Dutch TV - a programme about finding farmers life partners, iirc - and have extended their normal season for bookings plus have lots for next year already.

Always game for a challenge GPR & RR and anyone elseWink
In a world where you can be anything – Be Kind.
Back to Top
Eastern outpost View Drop Down
Rambler
Rambler
Avatar

Joined: 13 March 2012
Location: South Suffolk
Status: Offline
Points: 21752
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eastern outpost Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 September 2023 at 1:27pm
Jean-Pierre Rives’s artistic talent channelled to special labels with a World Cup theme, available to buy on good quality wine. 


https://www.instagram.com/p/Cw0OANuNVAm/?img_index=1 for the article in the Sud Ouest with some more pictures

In a world where you can be anything – Be Kind.
Back to Top
Eastern outpost View Drop Down
Rambler
Rambler
Avatar

Joined: 13 March 2012
Location: South Suffolk
Status: Offline
Points: 21752
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eastern outpost Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 September 2023 at 5:46pm
Enjoying some excellent Chilean 🍷 to accompany the second half. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon made by a family of Norwegian origin who emigrated there. Superb taste and depth and I’m not usually a big Cab Sav fan. With or without food.

Always give a little thanks to the Majestic manager (Harlequins fan) that put me onto it.


Don’t let the all English label put you off.

Their website is quite something, too. Gourmet food, wine tours, tastings, treks, accommodation. The prices shown are more expensive than buying at Majestic, for the Vik A Cabernet Sauvignon. About £23 plus shipping per bottle on the site, it was about £17/£18 in Majestic.


Edited by Eastern outpost - 23 September 2023 at 5:55pm
In a world where you can be anything – Be Kind.
Back to Top
lofty evans View Drop Down
Rambler
Rambler
Avatar

Joined: 20 September 2007
Location: Gorseinon
Status: Offline
Points: 53345
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote lofty evans Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 October 2023 at 10:47pm
I have to cut back on wine it's getting out of hand now.
In 1972, Roy Bergiers scored that try and said "that was for you lofty"

"All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us"
Back to Top
Eastern outpost View Drop Down
Rambler
Rambler
Avatar

Joined: 13 March 2012
Location: South Suffolk
Status: Offline
Points: 21752
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eastern outpost Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 October 2023 at 7:08pm
Drinking like a king this evening.

Just back from the vineyard about 30 mins from us whose wine was the one presented to the royals on the recent visit to and around Bordeaux.

Most folk don’t hold back about the royals on here. Free speech and personal views are the meat and drink of forums. Going back over 50 years, the earliest quotes from Charles I can remember were in relation to the environment. At the time, he was very much in the minority and seemingly a tree-hugging extremist.

Now, his views on environment and sustainability are mainstream.

It’s as a result of those long held beliefs that the Bordeaux Wine Council managed to choose whose wine should be the only one presented on the royal visit.

With around 5,000 vineyards, how do you choose one without upsetting the other almost 5,000? Thanks to Charles’s lifetime beliefs, they were able to give the honour to the prize winner of the most sustainably produced quality wine in their region.

Despite only having owned a vineyard for 3 years, Noémie Tanneau’s expertise and drive, not to mention lateral thinking, produced the winning wine.

She was allowed which of her wines would be served and she chose her cheapest wine. The reason she did so was that she wanted people to be able to taste a wine that was as accessible as possible price wise, rather than her most expensive wine. Yes, royalty will be used to tasting very expensive big name wines, much of whose price is for the marketing. She wanted something that was more feet on ground for the common person.

Astonishingly, she wasn’t invited to the tasting so wasn’t any closer than 70kms of the event. Asked why, she said there were around 200 VIP invitees so no room for her. We replied that they’d probably have far rather talked to her than all the other folk there because it was such a passion of theirs.

Unusually, their most expensive wine is a rosé for autumn and winter drinking with food, named after her younger daughter. The sparkling rosé has her older daughter’s name. 

The vineyard is also registered with the bird protection society and some of their labelling (all of which is very thoughtful, more modern and artistic) reflects this.

Although the vineyard is in the process of getting its organic certification (Bio in France), it takes 3 years. During that process, the wine is produced in the same way as organic and the labels can state that. Not until the certification is granted can the Bio stamp go on there.

One other certification is Haute Valeur Environmentale - High Environmental Value. This is the thinking person’s conscious sustainable and to many is the best label to have. 

They’ve had huge demand since the visit and all the press coverage. Lots of purchases from France and maybe only 10 English folk have bought on site. Loads of demand and they only sell the Charles & Camilla wine if you buy the same number of bottles of other of their wines.

It’s a small family business. Her mum and dad were there working hard. It’s run on great lines and deserves to be successful. 
In a world where you can be anything – Be Kind.
Back to Top
Eastern outpost View Drop Down
Rambler
Rambler
Avatar

Joined: 13 March 2012
Location: South Suffolk
Status: Offline
Points: 21752
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eastern outpost Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 November 2023 at 7:08pm
News of a great Black Friday deal from Sporting Wines, the suppliers of the Scarlets wines, the superb white that even red wine lovers think great, 9-3, and red 1872. They’re at 40% off at £8 a bottle.


Plenty of other bargains, too. The Lionel Messi L10 wines are 60% off also at £8 a bottle for their top wines and about £6.50 for their entry level wines.

The Jacky Lorenzetti wines and many others on the special promotion are well worth a try.

Hope you can take some advantage of this and enjoy what you order.
In a world where you can be anything – Be Kind.
Back to Top
Sir Duckling Tuft View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member


Joined: 27 May 2012
Location: wales
Status: Offline
Points: 837
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sir Duckling Tuft Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 November 2023 at 3:31am
anyone enjoy beaujolais day
sir duckling tuft
Back to Top
GPR - Rochester View Drop Down
Veteran
Veteran
Avatar

Joined: 01 December 2014
Location: Rhydcymerau
Status: Offline
Points: 18615
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GPR - Rochester Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 November 2023 at 8:11am
Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

News of a great Black Friday deal from Sporting Wines, the suppliers of the Scarlets wines, the superb white that even red wine lovers think great, 9-3, and red 1872. They’re at 40% off at £8 a bottle.


Plenty of other bargains, too. The Lionel Messi L10 wines are 60% off also at £8 a bottle for their top wines and about £6.50 for their entry level wines.

The Jacky Lorenzetti wines and many others on the special promotion are well worth a try.

Hope you can take some advantage of this and enjoy what you order.

Thanks for the info EO - had my case of Messi Malbec & 9-3 in the cart until they tried to charge me £1.50 per bottle for delivery which is a total rip off. Actual cost is around 50p which I would have willingly paid.
Back to Top
Eastern outpost View Drop Down
Rambler
Rambler
Avatar

Joined: 13 March 2012
Location: South Suffolk
Status: Offline
Points: 21752
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eastern outpost Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 November 2023 at 10:53am
Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

News of a great Black Friday deal from Sporting Wines, the suppliers of the Scarlets wines, the superb white that even red wine lovers think great, 9-3, and red 1872. They’re at 40% off at £8 a bottle.


Plenty of other bargains, too. The Lionel Messi L10 wines are 60% off also at £8 a bottle for their top wines and about £6.50 for their entry level wines.

The Jacky Lorenzetti wines and many others on the special promotion are well worth a try.

Hope you can take some advantage of this and enjoy what you order.

Thanks for the info EO - had my case of Messi Malbec & 9-3 in the cart until they tried to charge me £1.50 per bottle for delivery which is a total rip off. Actual cost is around 50p which I would have willingly paid.
I think the delivery charge is £18 and not a per bottle charge. If you can double the order, it gets down to 75p per bottle and it’s still a huge saving off the normal price. It 36 bottles for the 50p mark. At £7 off a bottle, using the 9-3 as an example, it’s great value. Buying decent wine under a tenner is so tough in the shops.
In a world where you can be anything – Be Kind.
Back to Top
Eastern outpost View Drop Down
Rambler
Rambler
Avatar

Joined: 13 March 2012
Location: South Suffolk
Status: Offline
Points: 21752
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eastern outpost Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 December 2023 at 6:45am
Here’s a claim! It’s from Welsh Bros of Scotland, Ontario, Canada.

“Want to avoid a hangover?

Eat Asparagus!

Eating asparagus before you start drinking can help protect your liver. Its minerals and amino acids not only protect the liver from toxins, the enzymes in asparagus can help break down the alcohol and alleviate hangovers.”

Fever posters have responsible as their middle name when it comes to consumption, however, I thought it worth sharing Hug


In a world where you can be anything – Be Kind.
Back to Top
Eastern outpost View Drop Down
Rambler
Rambler
Avatar

Joined: 13 March 2012
Location: South Suffolk
Status: Offline
Points: 21752
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eastern outpost Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 January 2024 at 7:31pm
It’s a while since a post on here. Hopefully, some of you have found some new wines that you’ve enjoyed.
Please tell if you have.

Am enjoying a Chateau Cru Godard 2021. It’s a gift from my dentist here. It’s his brother in law’s vineyard that’s about 20 mins away. Cotes de Francs Bordeaux, it’s a small area that you don’t see much of in the UK. If you do, it’s more likely to be in a wine merchant than a supermarket due to the smaller production and being one of the lesser known appellations in Bordeaux. 

No idea of the price. It is very pleasant, although patience would’ve probably been a better option as I prefer older French wines.

Other wines over the festive period included some sweet wine with pâté, the best of which was probably the ris de veau and cèpes flavour. It was from 2004 and tasted very spritely.

There’s some fear amongst the vineyards over the upcoming cold spell. Minus 46C in north Sweden yesterday is a new record and with the warmer than normal autumn and winter, vines are further advanced. Fingers crossed.

Cheers to all
In a world where you can be anything – Be Kind.
Back to Top
RR1972 View Drop Down
Veteran
Veteran
Avatar

Joined: 27 April 2009
Status: Online
Points: 18139
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RR1972 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 February 2024 at 9:43am
one for my good friend mr EO. i am to bordeaux in april looking to book a wine tasting trip to st emilion any suggestions?
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply Page  <1 26272829>
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Forum Software by Web Wiz Forums® version 12.04
Copyright ©2001-2021 Web Wiz Ltd.

This page was generated in 0.094 seconds.