Dr Loosen Comes To Chelsea

Regulars will know that Last Drop Wines on the Kings Rd is one of my favourite wine shops in London so when Andrea, the owner, invited me to cook for a wine dinner she was hosting I jumped at the chance.

Dr Loosen Wines, 31 Days of German Riesling

Wines were all from the prestigious Dr Loosen Estate in Mosel showcasing traditional Riesling as part of the 31 Days of German Riesling so the menu had to match.

Chelsea Garden, 31 days of German Riesling

We were very fortunate to be offered a lovely private courtyard garden just off the Kings Rd and although it was Wimbledon week the weather stayed dry.

Guests were served Dr Loosen Sekt as aperitif followed by

 Asparagus, Radish, Buttermilk, Toasted Rye

Urziger Wurzgarten 2015

 Hake, Pea, Smoked Eel Broth

Erdener Treppchen 2015 & 2005

 Moroccan Chicken, Cauliflower Cous Cous, Kale

Red Slate 2015

 Cheese Pear & Honey

 Grilled Peach, Cherry, Elderflower

Wehlener Sonnenhur Auslese 2015

 

Matt Giedraitis, Dr Loosen Wines, 31 Days of German Riesling

Matt Giedraitis, the export director, from the Dr Loosen Estate was on hand to talk us through the wines, informative and entertaining.

Fraulein Andrea living the dream 31 Days of German Riesling

The evening was hosted by Andrea from Last Drop wines whose dressing up box covers most of the major wine growing areas of the world so the Rhine Valley wasn’t much of a challenge.

Prussian Vineyard Classification 1868

Wine buffs will know that Mosel was largely unaffected by the phylloxera outbreak that devastated most of the vineyards in Europe in the 1870’s so some of these vines are very old indeed. Star wine of the night was definitely the Erdener Treppchen. Best food/wine pairing Moroccan Chicken, Cauliflower Cous Cous & Kale with the Red Slate 2015.

 Andrea hosts regular Tuesday evening tastings in the shop so contact Last Drop Wines for details of future tastings and the next wine dinner.

 

Great Wines for Under £20

Having been spoilt last week with a visit to Robert Parkers Matter of Taste event in Covent Garden where I had the opportunity to taste many once in a lifetime wines way out of my budget I have been looking at everyday wines that we can all access for under £20. There are so many wine stores now, supermarkets, online, independent retailers, wine clubs etc….. too much choice. I have my own favourite wine shops in London but many of us buy wine as part of our weekly supermarket shop so to kick off I have selected one supermarket and 1 independent retailer but there are plenty more.

For me Waitrose probably has the best supermarket wine department and even the small stores carry some good bottles. Bigger stores offer a great selection and carry a fine wine section too.

Here are few recommendations under £20 currently available.

White Wines

Zind Humbrecht French White £17.99

Blended Alsace wine from one of the great houses.

Catena Chardonnay Argentina £12.99

Bold oak aged Chardonnay, they make great reds too

Cune Barrel fermented White Rioja £8.24

Traditional White Rioja always good

Red Wines

 

Michel Rolland Clos de Los Siete, Argentina £15.75

Malbec/Merlot Blend

1st Press Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, USA £17.99

Powerful California Cabernet

Guigal Cote de Rhone, France £10.99

One of the great producers in the Rhone Valley Syrah/Grenache

Valdivieso Merlot, Chile £12.49

Solid fruit driven Merlot from this very reliable new world producer

 

One of my favourite stand alone wine shops is Last Drop Wines on the Kings Rd. Andrea selects all the wines personally, cares about every aspect of her business and has some great wines under £20.

She also holds regular Tuesday evening tutored tastings.

 

White Wines

Graham Beck Brut NV South Africa £13.99

Exceptional value Sparkling Wine

Gentil 2012, Hugel Alsace £14.99

A timeless blend of regional varieties great with food or without

Vouvray, Marc Bredif 2012 £15.99

Often overlooked old master of Chenin Blanc

Red Wines

Colonial Estate Old Vine Shiraz, 2011 Australia £13.99

Rich fruit driven old vine Shiraz

Chateau Barde-Haut, 2006 St Emilion, France £19.99

Good quality claret with some decent bottle age at an affordable price

This is just a taster, there are plenty more and most wine shops are very helpful these days with well trained staff on hand to offer advice and guidance. Some have online chat facilities on their website (Oddbins) to help you choose depending on style of wine, budget etc.

Prices correct at the time of publishing

Corks Photo by Elisha Terada