What does one do when one hasn’t felt much like using social media lately, your followers are dropping, and writing long ass tasting notes seems like a Herculean chore? You review a southern Italian white few people have heard of, and you win back... basically no one. But what the hell, this is fun. 2017 Rivera Bombino Bianco Maresse. The appellation is Castel del Monte in northern Puglia. The grape is Bombino Bianco, yet another that forces me to crack Ian D’Agata’s opus “Native Wine Grapes of Italy” so as to find a little background. Apparently there is a Bombino Nero as well... maybe another time. Bianco is indeed a Puglia specialty, and has spent many years in the doldrums of mediocrity. For one, Bombino’s exact identity has long been confusing, with a whole series of other white Trebbiano-type grapes stealing its identity. The genuine article is in fact a low-yielding vine that can yield quality wine, assuming that farmers can be convinced to grow it. This appears to be the real deal, and rather nicely fits D’Agata’s description of such wines as creamy, with tropical fruit and herb notes. I’m struck right away by fresh and dried apricot, papaya, perhaps mango and certainly soursop and guava. The whole thing is rather sapid, a little musky and oily, perhaps a smidge languorous. Some zesty lemon-lime and ripe pear. A rich almond note stitches together the fruits, and someone also dusted this with floral baby powder and a pinch of aniseed. Ghosts of capers and actual grapes haunt the finish. It’s a full-bodied hot climate white, with all that entails for good and ill. The former aspects trump the latter in this case. There we go. I’m back, baby. #whitewine #italianwine #puglia #bombinobianco #casteldelmonte #yycwine #tastingnotes #winereview #instawine #wine #vin #vino #vinho #winetasting #winegeek #winelover #fuckallthesehashtags
props to @enadeloye for not running away from my rbf while taking this !!
7 years of teaching. Time flies when you do what you love.
DAY 7 @foodkarmablog Takeover | CHINATOWN FAVOURITES I can’t believe it’s already the last day of my takeover! Earlier in the week I shared my favourite spots to eat in Chinatown on IG stories and got a lot of great response from you. I thought I would note the places here so anyone who is interested can bookmark this list for later. I’ve included a few extras too. I’m sharing Forest Lawn Gems on IG stories today so make sure to tune in. . - DIM SUM: Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (restaurant is in the basement but make sure to stop and admire this beautiful ceiling in @calgarychinese ) - HONG KONG STYLE CAFE: Calgary Court (my favourite dishes are the Shrimp & Egg Fried Rice Noodles and the Baked Pork Chop on Rice with Tomato Sauce) - VIETNAMESE: Thi Thi for Banh Mi sandwiches and Pho Pasteur Saigon for pho - BAKERY: Diamond Bakery (love their egg tarts) - CHINESE STREET FOOD: Check out the “Burgers” (rou jia mo) and Crepes (jianbing) @auntieschineseburger - SHANGHAI: Get the soup dumplings @greattastechinese - SZECHUAN-TAIWANESE: Spicy Wontons are flavourful here and the Soy-Basil Eggplant is one of my favourite dishes - LATE NIGHT: U & Me is an institution for late night Chinese food! #loveyyc #yycenergy #yycchinesefood #yycfood #capturecalgary #yyceats #bepartoftheenergy #chinesefood #yycchinatown
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