Case of the Month, November 2014
The leaves are nearly gone, it is time for some warming comfort wines to remind us of Summer
First, from the heaven meets earth Stift Klosterneuburg, one of my favourite wines ever, their Gewurztraminer. This is technically dry but feels rich, peaches (or lychees) with a touch of spice. Elegant and opulent and nothing like Gewurztraminer elsewhere. Subtle enough to be drunk on its own, but try it with simple grilled trout with toasted almonds, or a chinese stir fry with oyster sauce
Next, l'Humaniste from Geneva, a blend of Gamaret and Syrah - first imagined at Cave de Geneve, now much copied in Switzerland. The fruit and body of Gamaret with a warm but fresh (paradoxically) peppery note from the Syrah. A fabulous red - especially with red meat in pepper sauce, or duck breast in a cherry sauce. For vegetarians we also love it with middle eastern flavours - cumin chick pea stew, baba ganoush, spicy bricks
And remaining in the heaven meets earth theme why not add L'Elixir des Anges to the case? The RIKIKI is a crazy idea that works, a fortified Gamay. This is not Port, it is much lighter, a red wine which is Gamay but with a lot of muscle. Fresher than port, spicier than Gamay, and absolutely perfect to end an evening whether you have a wood fire or not.