Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Chianti (all except one)

I can't believe another month has rushed by, where is the time going?  We were the hosts this month after some juggling and double booking (mention no names Karen) so we combined our dinner party with the wine club.  Luckily the four friends who were coming to dinner have been to previous wine club get togethers so know what a rabble we are...
Any of you who have hosted know that a major house clean is involved prior to guests arrival, not that anyone actually notices after a few glasses..so why did Geoff run his finger along the picture frame ?? ..Cheeky blighter!  ....  anyway, we had two friends staying over so I thought it would be nice during the day to take a stroll into Broadstairs have some lunch then wander back mid- afternoon still leaving myself time to prep the food etc, you know me, keep it easy, lots of antipasto. 
Geoff was at work so not around to help, if he'd have been home the grass would have been cut and the weeds attacked in the garden, you may be wondering why this is relevant...well, it turned out to be REALLY hot on Saturday and I thought it would have been warm enough to have the wine club outside in the garden all evening now that would have been lovely, but no we couldn't go down that route as the garden was an overgrown wilderness (we have also just returned from holiday so no chance to stay on top of the weeds, now trying to justify the state of it)...
Everyone turns up... where do they head...straight out into the garden for drinks !!  It was decided after I tried to explain the mess that in fact we were just going for a 'natural' style garden this summer.
Eventually dragged them inside to start on the wines & food. Ten of us found our seats around the extended table and tucked in, including a selection of cheeses picked up when we were in France.
Chianti : Cherry, cinnamon, leather, plum, raspberry, rose, tobacco

1. Chianti Riserva 2009 13% from Lidl
My goodness was this full of tannin, felt like all the moisture had been sucked out of your mouth, way too dry & tart. We did notice leather, clove & pepper characteristics to this wine.
2. Chianti Riserva 2011 13.5% Sainsbury £6.99 on offer (£9.99)
Lovely and smooth almost velvety, very fruity.  The bottle said Sangiovese & 'other' grapes a bit like 'other' friends (in house joke familiar to some) how can they put other on the label, its as if they don't know & chucked anything into the mix !
3 & 5. Chianti Via Di Cavallo 2013 12.5% Tesco The winner buy a long shot
Smooth with notes of cherry, aromas of spice and leather, very drinkable...we easily polished off the two bottles.
4. Picpoul De Pinet 2013 12.5% Tesco
A white from the Languedoc region of France,  a very drinkable white, tropical fruits along with apple pears and a hint of lemon, a great wine for the summer.
So those on the ball will think 'white from France' not Chianti, well done for spotting it, but our two guests Robin and Karen brought it along not knowing its Chianti, we forgave them as it was so tasty.
Our other guests Terry & Jackie made an error too, well Jackie did, never ever wear anything good/special to the wine club you can guarantee that wine will get spilt over you, by someone else or yourself..although Jackies was a bit of a classic.. so for you Jackie this is how you read a wine bottle label:
1. Pick said bottle up
2. Hold in front of you upright & read front of bottle
3. Turn bottle around still keeping upright and read label on reverse
1. Pick said bottle up
2. Hold in front of you upright & read front of bottle
3. Tip bottle towards you in a downwards direction,
to read back label upside down
4. Yelp as wine pours from bottle onto lap !
5. Help required from those around to mop up
As you know we take notes, some of us are better at it than others, which category does Terry fall into (this is wine club Terry not guest Terry)
The red wine splodge proves he was actually there !
Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening, we did try to keep going as long as possible, some of us making it until after midnight (a challenge as you get older)... one reason, the 'new' neighbours over the back were in their garden until 05:30 the previous day having partied through the night... (Keeping 'spill-it' Jackie awake)... and no, Jackie, being tired is not an excuse to pour wine over yourself !
As someone said it was nice having some 'other' friends included for the evening.
Time to stick a cork in it.
Bye S x

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