I approached our visit to Karim Mussi Saffie back in March somewhat warily as his reputation as one of the South American wine industry’s shining lights left me just a tad over-cautious. Superstar winemaker is a term bandied around far too frequently and all too often its use heralds the arrival of an array of technically perfect but frequently “over-engineered” wines that demonstrate no small amount of technical prowess but a more modest grasp of balance and elegance – in Karim’s case my sense of caution was entirely misplaced.
His winery in La Consulta, currently regarded as the most exciting of Argentina’s wine-growing regions, is a wonderful exhibition of vinification hi-tech from across the ages with ancient basket presses nudging up alongside thermo-vinifiers. Before entering the 19th century building you are met with Banksy’s Pulp Fiction mural which, perhaps, serves as an indication of Karim’s approach – that wine is ultimately there for pleasure and enjoyment and, whilst its production should be approached seriously, its consumption should be fun and far from serious.
The tasting itself was a revelation as Karim unveiled a succession of stellar offerings; whilst our week in Argentina unearthed numerous great wines, nowhere else did we experience a tasting that was so consistently spectacular – the addition of Karim’s engaging commentary was an added bonus.
I can’t tell you how excited we are to welcome Karim to Arch 13 for a one-off tasting on July 15th; 6+ wines including Tim Atkin MW’s blended white of the year - Paradoux Blanc de Blancs. Throw cheeses from Arch 13 into the mix and all for £15.00 per head, that’s got to be worth coming out on a Monday night for.
If Connolly's made a TV advert for “The Italian Collection”, what would it be like?
Hollywood stars? Yes!
And the best director? Let's go for Francis Ford Coppola.
(He also happens to own a well known vineyard in California. Are you getting the theme?)
What film style? Action? With “Mini” car chases? Romantic? Musical? Italian food & drink?
I think I have the answer to the dilemma...
Whisper it, at long last the Connolly's Wine Sale has returned.... We now have distinctly too much wine and can't actually find space for all the new shiny things we've found to fit in either the Shops or the Warehouse, so it's time to change things around.
It all kicks on Thursday 2nd May with the full list of sale wines attached and we're offering 15% off on Thursday, 20% on Friday, and 25% on Saturday...
More updates from Chris- now into the 5th day of the trip, but actually only the third in South America- having lost the 2 days in Chile, it's time to head to Argentina and finally a chance to acquire more socks...
Whilst his fear of flying was causing Michael, the young Armagh medic sat next to me on the plane over the Andes to come out in a cold sweat, I couldn’t help but drink in the most astonishing views during one of the shortest but most spectacular flights in the world