Tag Archives: France

Paul Jaboulet Aine La Chapelle Hermitage 1999, North Rhone, France

The last vintage of the nineties marks a decade of inconsistency, stretching in/to the mid-2000s. But in more recent time, the new owners and a new winemaking team have restored the La Chapelle to the heights of its glory day. The … Continue reading

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Parnasse Sauvignon Blanc 2011 IGP, France

There are truckloads of this out there, and for the better. Current vintage is 2012, but at only $11, it’s a cheap, enjoyable and more subtle alternative to the NZ SBs. Pale lemon gold colour, notes of lemon citrus, cold … Continue reading

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Simon Coll, Michel Cluizel, ChocoLate Organiko weekend splurge

A couple of chocolate bars while I was waiting for the sun to pop up and warm us up to the predicted 24°C which is unbelievably unlikely. The 50% Simon Coll is a good easy-to-consume dark chocolate from Barcelona, fairly … Continue reading

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Michel Cluizel Grand Noir 85%, France

$17/100g. From arguably the most famous French chocolatier,the Grand Noir 85% is, in my opinion, one of the more consumption-friendly dark chocolates on the market. Serious, yet easy to get. You can snap a couple of squares easily after dinner, … Continue reading

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Domaine Bruno Sorg Pinot Blanc 2010, Alsace, France

$39 from Vintage Cellars (Albert Park). Pale yellow colour. Youthful aromas of lemon florals, custard apple and hints of dried parsley and bay leaf. Dry, medium-bodied wine with vibrant acidity showing. 12.3% alc. Rich flavours of sweet lemon, pepperish herbs, … Continue reading

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