It is not any new wine store that recently opened in Sydney in the growth suburb of Rosebery!
Prince Wine Store is an institution in Melbourne and they managed to secure the services of œnologue extraordinaire Jon Osbeiston - Ultimo Wine Centre founder - and colleague Nick Minogue.
I have known Jon for over 17 years and shopped at UWC for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, or when I had visitors "de marque" for dinner. Jon would always find this gem of French or Italian wine which would suit both the occasion and my often tight budget!
Knowing my love of Côtes du Rhone, he would always point out to me any new arrivals from my region of predilection for my (almost...) daily consumption. This new "La Ferme du Mont" is typical of such a "trouvaille" and at $22 a pop, well, this might replace the now unavailable Vidal Fleury.
Last Monday, Prince Wine Store was organising a "soft" opening to which I was kindly invited along some much more famous people than this humble blogger. Today was the "grand opening" with over 50 wines on tasting and all the keen crowd welcome. I passed as I was instead invited to last night worldwide tasting of the most amazing Riesling from around the Globe, with a lot of the proprietors or winemakers visiting from as far as New Zealand...Austria, Germany, Alsace, the Clare Valley in South Australia & Franklin River in Western Australia. Here is my report "en images".
Soft Opening 09/02/2015 with a selection of charcuterie, cheese...and wines
Riesling Tasting Night: Australia, AUSTRIA, Germany, France and New Zealand
I am not a wine expert, but I do have a palate, and the most extraordinary thing about this tasting was that somebody with no real education about Riesling could actually taste the differences, like near the river or up the hill in terraces vineyards along the Danube and the Rhine, as well as distinctly recognising slate in the Mosel wines. What a revelation!
Most interesting wines for me were Alsace from Paul Blanck (the less expensive...and one of my top three...) , Framingham from New Zealand (Old Vine younger vintage 2013 vs old school 2005 vintage), Heymann Lowenstein Mosel for the slate influence and Gunderloch- Rheinhessen Rothenberg GG 2013, one of the most expensive, but probably best of the lot...Besides the wines, the passion and knowledge of the people representing the wineries - often their owners - were the real stars of the evenings. Thanks to all for sharing with us and make this an evening to remember!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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