It’s interesting, the little avenues that life takes you down. I’ve been at Lea & Sandeman for nearly three years now, and I’ve enjoyed each one more than the last, but, despite working exceptionally hard at the ‘research’ part of the job, I still haven’t tasted every wine we have.
Global warming is likely to have both positive and negative effects on wine production throughout the world. Southern England is becoming the new Champagne, while many areas where wine has been produced for centuries are becoming unsuitable for vinis vinefera. Much has been written about the changing climate and its effect.
Featured by Jane MacQuitty in the Times today, this amphorae-fermented Riesling from one of our favourite Austrian producers is a fascinating and atypical Riesling; a wine with great purity and a sort of ‘natural’ feeling softness and clarity of expression.
At the time of the infamous 1985 “antifreeze” scandal a story did the rounds that the Japanese government had briefly and erroneously banned the importation of Australian wine, comedically confusing Australian with Austrian. It was, almost certainly, an urban myth but one does wonder what the fabled and lexicographically challenged Japanese civil servant would have made of Bert Salomon.
Why L&S 'Wine of the Week'? This wine was a unanimous favorite by all four Lea & Sandeman shops and just reviewed by Ben from our Barnes shop: ‘We re-tasted this terrific Gruner at the last generic Austrian Wine event a few weeks ago. A scintillating effort from a top-tier vineyard and producer.