Wine Blown: Taylor’s LBV 2012

The cake is a lie, I tell ya!

You take the white one, the evening ends. You wake up tomorrow and think it was just another fine evening with friends. You take the red one, you arrive in wonderland and it shows you how deep your senses can dig into your mind. Have you ever been presented with such an apparently meaningless choice? On the one hand, you have conformity, on the other the unknown. Surrounded by friends, I chose the unknown and during the first “bite” was thinking to myself: “It’s just a cake. No need to be worried too much.” Continue reading “Wine Blown: Taylor’s LBV 2012”

Wine Blown: Carska Vina Žilavka Premium Edition 2015

This blog is taking it’s turn into a source of wine knowledge that sparks interest for anybody to jump on with his/her contribution. Of course, not just ANYBODY can judge a wine and go public with it, so for the first time in Grape Nomad’s history, I’m proud to announce the first helping hand on this website – Adin Bulatović, manager of Delikatesna Radnja and wine aficionado in the making. Adin started out as an exemplary beer drinker, but found passion in wine a few years back at a couple of my workshops. He jumped right into the wine world by trying several samples primarily from B&H, but slowly continued to Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Spain…He not only focused on the practice, but also hit the books (and Google) hard, soaking up info about food pairings, regions, grape varieties and soils. The place he works at is one of my favorite places in Sarajevo to just kick back and relax with a proper glass of wine and a simple bite to eat. It’s basically a wine bar/bistro that takes pride in quality and aims for uniqueness with a concentration on Balkan wines, but also a convenient selection of Italian and Spanish as well. Continue reading “Wine Blown: Carska Vina Žilavka Premium Edition 2015”

Wine Blown: Château Cantin 2010

Food poisoning is no laughing matter, I’ll tell you that. This week was a bumpy road to an experience any wine lover (or should I say hedonist) hates, dreads, despises – something that restricts him from enjoying his desires to the fullest. For the sake of your enjoyment, I won’t get into details, but I’ll just thank da laaaawd for making this week’s Wine Blown possible in the last moment. And what a better moment than the weekend, so let’s jump right in!

Château Cantin 2010, a Right Bank Bordeaux, is showing a very nice colour here – humongously deep garnet with a chunk of sediment left in the bottle, so, automatically, here’s one more reason to finally invest in that decanter you have been putting off since last Christmas. I like to say that the nose is typical Bordeaux, i.e. that chances are very, very small to get this region wrong on a blind tasting. It’s elegant, smooth, a bit restrained, but leaving out the bullshit completely. Continue reading “Wine Blown: Château Cantin 2010”

Wine Blown: Netzl Winzersekt 2011

Having studied in Burgenland, constantly surrounded by blooming vineyards, I always flutter when somebody brings out Austrian wine. It’s like that feeling you get when you watch your favourite movie for the 28th time or see people quoting that author you thought would never become Facebook mainstream – a more charming experience every time.

Netzl Winzersekt 2011 is a damn hard wine to find, which is surprising because this producer is pretty well-known in major parts of Europe. Wine Searcher even states:

We can only find a few stores in Europe that have this wine. We have only been able to find the 2011 vintage for sale over the last month.

A friend opened this bottle for us to try at a laidback dinner and my, was I blown away by the result. Pale, almost watery yellow in the glass with a spring-water nose reminiscent of lilies, acacia, lime juice, baked almonds, brioche and waves of ripe nectarine and peach. No bottle aging notes, yet. Continue reading “Wine Blown: Netzl Winzersekt 2011”