Tag: Ribera del Duero

Nov 11 2010

Danes: Making Waves in Wine and Food!

Posted on November 11, 2010 | By merrill@cellarit.com

René Redzepi is Head Chef and co-owner of noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, which was recently named the world’s best restaurant. Peter Sisseck owns Dominio de Pingus in Ribera del Duero, Spain and makes Pingus – one of the most celebrated wines in the world!

Both are remarkably good looking, intellectual, famous and youngish Danish men who share a surprisingly similar philosophy towards their respective arts.

Redzepi sees it as “a personal challenge to help bring about a revival of Nordic cuisine and let its distinctive flavours and particular regional character brighten up the world.” (The Kitchen, noma) Noma’s starter of crunchy baby carrots from the fertile Lammefjorden region of Denmark is probably the closest food comes to ‘an expression of terroir’. It is served with edible “soil” made from malt, hazelnuts and beer with a cream herb emulsion beneath!

 

 

While Sisseck’s adopted homeland is Spain, he is equally as passionate as Redzepi about bringing out the distinctive flavours and regional character of Ribera del Duoro’s tinto fino (tempranillo). The grapes for his flagship Pingus, for example, are from very old vines that are cared for using only biodynamic methods of agriculture. Sisseck is in fact so passionate in his belief that biodynamic and organic viticulture is the best way to restore micorbial life back into the soils and improve grape quality that he is teaching the fundamentals of the practice to local growers in the region. (Peter Sisseck’s Ψ : Psi Using Power for Good by Mannie Berk, Rare Wine Co. Blog, 18 August 2009)

Redzepi recently said in an interview, “If you work with me you will often be starting your day in the forest or on the shore because I believe foraging will shape you as a chef. I know it has shaped me. If you see how a plant grows and you taste it in situ you have a perfect example of how it should taste on the plate… [Read More]

Nov 11 2010

Australian Tempranillo: Coming into its Own!

Posted on November 11, 2010 | By merrill@cellarit.com

My husband had the good fortune to attend the NSW Wine Awards Dinner at Guillaume at Bennelong in October. He came back raving about the Mount Majura Vineyard 2009 Tempranillo (Canberra District), which was among the top 40 best wines of the show.

Mount Majura produced its first vintage of tempranillo in 2003. Since then the wine has garnered so much acclaim that it has become the flagship variety of the winery!

Mount Majura’s Viticulturist and Winemaker Frank van de Loo very much believes that great wine is made in the vineyard,.. [Read More]