My companion doesn't enjoy the effects of white wine, so she moved straight to the red wine machine, while I felt duty bound to sample the Rieslings on offer and some of the more unusual whites.
In fact, I got to try a completely new one to me. Always a joy!
is one of four named crus of the "Roussette de Savoie" appellation of the Alps of eastern France, around 20 miles south of Lake Geneva. I don't think I'd ever had the Altesse grape before. These wines express gingerbread, pear and white flowers and are considered the finest wines in the area. Soft, mellow and perhaps slightly off-dry, if you like Hungarian Furmint, this should be next on your list to try (at the time of writing it's still in the tasting machine).
Despite the latest news that it's okay to drink a bottle of wine a day, most of us won't drink a whole bottle alone. I generally have no more than 2 bottles open at a time and find the VacuVin pump (link below and pictured left) does the trick for one or two days. I've also included links to other wine preserving products you might want to try, including a "do it yourself" gas blanket. Getting the right wine preservation system for you means you can enjoy your bottle sensibly over a few nights rather than either wasting it or drinking vinegar by the end of the week. Precious grapes died for your wine. Respect that.
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PS: If you want to try a number of wines with friends,without leaving home, I'd love to help you plan a Purple Teeth tasting party..