|Decanting with Delkin
Oregon Pinot Noirs
Presented in China
By Fred Delkin
We just had the honor of presenting Oregon's
finest Pinot Noirs to a
We toted, in our checked luggage, a sexet of Pinot Noir bottles from Eyrie, Domaine Drouhin, Penner-Ash, Ponzi, Lange and Argyle. Unfortunately, the centerpiece of our presentation, Eyrie 2001 from David Lett, "Papa Pinot," was the lone shipping casualty.
We recovered from this misfortune by explaining that the Domaine Drouhin bottling was modeled after Eyrie's styling, which topped all the world's Pinot Noirs in a tasting sponsored by French Burgundy exporter Robert Drouhin...a triumph that caused the shocked Mr. Drouhin to make an ivestment in an Oregon winery and vineyard located in the Dundee hills near Eyrie.
Our Enoteca audience included the wine bar's owners plus a pair of Shanghai
5-star hotel wine stewards. Oregon fared very well before this
critical group. Drouhin and Ponzi were the top picks by the
tasters, but all expressed their admiration for all the wines tasted.
We have made Oregon winery contacts for a distributor affiliated
with the Enoteca management.
Mendoza is the primary Argentine wine region, nestled against the eastern foothills of the Andes mountains. Only in the past decade has Argentina become an export player on the world wine scene, inspired by the success of Chile on the other side of the Andes. Argentine wine consumption per capita ranks high on the international scale, but until recently it was slurped at home, rather than entering the export trade.
Wine transport solution
A startling coincidence awaited our return from Shanghai...an e-mail touting a travel bag designed to protect wine within checked luggage. This padded conveyance carries two 750ml bottles per bag. Check this out at www.bottlewise.com
This sure beats wrapping your wines in your underwear!
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