wine of the week: scaia

Wednesday January 14 

Scaia - Garganega, Trebbiano & Chardonnay - Veneto, Italy - 2013 - Tenuta Sant'Antionio

This wine couldn't be more off with the season. Outside it's storming, rain, wet snow, the whole shebang. While in my glass a tropic explosion takes place. The aromas coming from the glass are really heavy on acacia and tropical fruit, mostly pineapple, but also a bit of orange and apple.  Taste-wise it's a a fresh tasting wine, most of the fruit very upfront but balanced in taste. Crisp character, no oak, little of tangy citrus near the end. It has quite a personality this one. 

I've enjoyed this wine before, and I will continue to buy it whenever I feel I need a bit of sunshine. Nice aperitif, and I've yet to discover its food-combining skills (fish dishes, cold starters and vegetable courses are recommended). 

So for all those people who get really down during the cold season, wishing it was over sooner rather than later. Play a summery tune (I suggest a bit of this), close your eyes and enjoy!

I bought it for 9.99 from a wine shop in my hometown who get their wine through http://www.kwastwijnkopers.nl/nl/home/


wine of the week: antu ninquen

NYE 2014

The christmas tree was still in the room, we were listening to the radio; supposedly airing the best 2000 songs of all time and playing a game of Bezzerwizzer. It was almost 10 o'clock. Only two more hours to go and we had only eaten our starter (vitello tonato fyi). I proposed that maybe it was time to get on with our main course. And open the other bottle of wine :).

As we started prepping our pasta and beef tenderloin dish, I opened the bottle that was to go with it. The Antu Ninquen Syrah 2012. I sneakily poured myself a little glass to try it whilst cooking.

"I think I like this... I think you like this..."

We have the Antu on the wine list at the restaurant where I work, my colleagues were always quite enthusiastic about it.  So when I saw it online for only €11.95, while in most shops it goes for  more than €15, I thought..hey good deal!

Well a good deal that was! The Antu Syrah offers a full-bodied, pretty concentrated palate of dark fruit, oaky notes and a tiny bit of pepper. The variety is notable for quite some tannins, but the Antu was really mellow on them. Finishing long and strong. 

It paired really well with the food, which was a lucky guess. (Fresh pasta with parsley, blue cheese and cherry tomatoes, grilled tenderloin steak and rocket dressed with an orange dressing which was seriously delicious with the blue cheese in the pasta!!)

For 12 euros, the Antu is not the cheapest bottle, but it's definitely proof that spending a bit extra is well worth it. The amount of money I spend on wine is obviously personal, everybody will have a different view of what's cheap and what's expensive.  It's my goal to try out different varieties, from different origin, learning more by doing (drinking, ha!). Trying to keep it below 10-15 euros.  

I've got some sad news to end this post with. Obviously I would really recommend this wine and I wanted to buy more of it, so right on the first of January I looked it up again on the website. But it had disappeared! Vanished! No sign of it ever being on the website!
I suppose they ran out of the 2012 vintage. So I will be on the lookout for the new 2013 bottle, and see if it is just as nice and good and rich and fruity as the 2012!

I bought it here for 11.95.