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.
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As a cold, damp, Thursday morning dawns, (that’s the forecast as I’m writing this anyway) and balmy summer days remain a far distant prospect, we are here to spread January Joy, cause your pulse to quicken, force a smile from your lips and put a song in your heart.
As we make our way through another dreary, if unseasonably warm, January it’s always nice to have something to look forward to, so we wanted to throw some beer-related joy your way.
Currently making its way across Europe to us we have a selection of carefully chosen beers from one of Eastern Europe’s most exciting breweries, Mad Scientist!
Founded in Budapest as recently as 2016 Mad Scientist has already, and some might say greedily, nabbed three spots on Untappd’s top 10 of Hungary’s best breweries between their main brewery and its specialist offshoots (MadX which specialises in alternative fermentation and long maturation, and Mead Scientist their ode to honey and fruit).
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...