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It is now a year since the creation of this collection of assorted ramblings to my wine drinking that I like to call a blog. Some of them have even included pictures. Some (although rarely) have even included accurate descriptions of how the wines taste.

But I’ll admit it’s been quiet of late.  Sometimes it’s because the wine that I just loved in a restaurant and even asked the waiter to bring the bottle back so I can take a picture, has faded into general obscurity the minute I’ve set outside. Sometimes I’ve realised in horror that the wine that we’ve brought out to drink has already been mentioned before. And sometimes I’ve just been plain sloppy.

No matter. The real reason this blog was first started was to try to teach myself a bit more about wines so that when I order something I don’t just simply order the second cheapest bottle or the one I can remember the name of.

Anyway – this weekend was something of a return to form. A weekend at the in-laws meant that there was the chance of some lovely wines to flow.

So here are three highlights that were put on offer.

A Tabali Chilean Chardonnay 2008, from the Limari Valley. I’ve really come to like Chardonnay and this was bursting with that familiar toasty smell as soon as I put nose to glass.

A Parallele 45  Paul Jaboulet Cote du Rhone. Named after the 45th Parallel which runs just a short distance away from the Maison Paul Jaboulet cellars it was a blend of Grenache blanc, Marsanne, Viognier and Bourboulenc.
A fresh, fine wine, citrussy – but not overpoweringly so.

The third was a surprise served at the end of the night with cheese on toast. A delicious fruity wine from Argentina. The wine had a jammy, red fruit quality and was very, very drinkable.

So, we’re a year on from my Friday Night Wine Time experiment, what have I learned. This is from Argentina – I’ve had Argentinian wine before, this must be a Malbec maybe, or a Cabernet Sauvignon, not problem.

Actually no – yet another confusion to add to my wine education. It was a  Bonarda – a 2009 Colonia Las Liebres from the Mendoza Region. Originally from Piedmont in Italy, it was brought to the South American country by Italian immigrants.

What have I learned then? A year on. There is still much more to learn.

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