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Champagne, Champagne, Champagne ... (05-12-2014 by Nenad Jelisic) It has become a tradition that the first Friday in December, NJ consulting & import presents everything you should know about Champagne under the heading "Did you know that". The reason for this is that most of the champagne bottles are drunk at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Under the heading "Did you know that" you will find info about the French wine region of Champagne and its wine districts, Champagne best vintages since 1804, which grapes are grown in the wine region of Champagne, which grapes may be used for Champagne, Champagne soils and the description how to make a white and a rosé Champagne. From this year, we are starting a new tradition, we will begin to present the 10 best Champagnes under 50 EUR. The Champagnes that have been tested during the last twelve months.
The 10 best Champagnes under 50 EUR
Congratulations Italy, you are the winner this year, Italian wine tasting day 2014, Grand Hotel, Stockholm, 24-11-2014 (02-12-2014 by Nenad Jelisic) At the last great wine tasting this year, who NJ Consulting & import attended, the Italian wines were tasted. Of the 216 tasted wines, 69 wines got more than 2,5 NJP i.e. 32%, which is this year's clearly the best result. Comparatively, during the previous two wine tastings, 16% of French wines got more than 2,5 NJP and 14% of Spanish. If we continue on to compare these three wine tastings, it can be noted that six Italian wines got more than 3,5 NJP, one French and two Spanish. The strong result could be even better if we got to try e.g. Dal Forno Romano Amarone or Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore or Masseto or Ornellaia or Sassicaia, to name a few. The wines that stood out qualitatively and taste wise were the so-called Super Tuscan wines and Amarone wines, and wines from Barolo. Of the 69 wines that got more than 2,5 NJP belong 20 i.e. 29% to the Super Tuscan wines, 19 i.e. 27% to Barolo and 13 i.e. 19% to Amarone wines.
The top 10 wines under 200 SEK and the top 10 wines over 200 SEK and the best wine 2014 (29-11-2014 by Nenad Jelisic) This is the second time that NJ consulting & import selects the top 10 wines under 200 SEK, the top 10 wines over 200 SEK and the best wine 2014. In 2014, I tasted a few thousand wines, which have been available on the market. From these, I selected the absolute best wines. The most important criterion for the selection was of course quality but also the wine’s availability. That I chose Alpamanta Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 as the best wine of 2013 under 200 SEK can be explained by what I wrote about it: If you like tannin-rich, tasty, fragrant and moderately fruity Cabernet Sauvignon wines with a little Malbec (8%), you may not under any circumstances miss to try this wine. What the taste buds feel when the first centilitres of this wine come in the mouth is the taste of a real cacao rich dark chocolate, microseconds after, they feel powerful tannins and then, a few microseconds later, they feel a taste of a high quality cherry liqueur, like Maraschino from Croatia. The tannins never let go of this wine. If you extend little when you taste/drink the wine, you will sense flavours of blueberry, black currant and vanilla. The powerful and tannin rich flavours of Alpamanta Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 suite very well to very flavourful meat stews of moose meat, wild boar meat, reindeer meat, or a mixture of these. Be generous with chanterelles in the pots and under no circumstances season pots with hot spices. The before described wild meat pieces can be replaced by the beef or lamb meat pieces. Alpamanta Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 will reach the top in about 3 years, but why wait so long, especially now when it's so cold, dark and boring outside. It should be drunk between 18 and 19 C.
Kristof Gillese has begun to present wine reviews and articles on the NJ consulting & import (25-11-2014 by Nenad Jelisic) The renown Canadian connoisseur chef Kristof Gillese is proud to participate on this, one of the leading Scandinavian internet sites, with his understanding of the complex North American wine market. As you know, there is very little written about the great North American wine market in Scandinavia. Kristof Gillese: trained chef, certified wine steward and proud journalist. To chef Kristof it is the story that takes priority: to tell the tale of common people accomplishing uncommon goals. In the world of wine these tales are prolific. It is chef Kristof's privilege to have worked with, and/or told the story of, luminaries such as Pierre-Henry Gagey of Maison Jadot, Nik Weis of St Urbans-Hof, Ray Signorello of Signorello Estates and Ezra Cipes of Summerhill Pyramid Winery; leaders in the industry. With almost 3 decades of experience working with the magical synergy between food and wine, chef Kristof is proud to share the stories of these amazing stewards of the land. These articles showcase a respect for the balance between our current mercantile economy and the-now-in-vogue ancestral farming methods / biodynamics / organic farming principles. All articles are written with a profound reverence for the family aspect to winery culture as, to this writers understanding, nothing has ever had a more far-reaching effect than the love and devotion for a parent to a child. All great wineries are built by parents for their children and grandchildren and it is because of this that chef Kristof writes.
Better than last year France, French wine tasting day 2014, Grand Hotell, Stockholm, 20-10-2014 (25-10-14 by Nenad Jelisic) 37% respectively 50% of the wines, which got more than 2,5 NJP on this tasting, come from Rhone respectively Bordeaux. Rhône is a French wine region that is divided into two wine districts: 1. the Northern Rhône and 2. the Southern Rhône. The Northern Rhône consists of 11 appellations: Château-Grillet, Chatillon-en-Diois, Clairette de Die, Condrieu, Cornas, Côte Rôtie, Côtes du Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and St-Péray. The Northern Rhône, which has a colder climate than the Southern Rhône, has a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. The climate of the Northern Rhône is influenced by the mistral, a strong, northerly wind that usually blows during the winter and spring. The best vintages of the Northern Rhône, 1929, 1947, 1978, 1999, 2003, 2009 and 2010. The grapes of the Northern Rhône, only Syrah for red wines. Viognier, Marsanne and Rousanne for white wines. The soils of Northern Rhône, mostly granite, otherwise sandy soils with some limestone.
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