Other news the past 12 months, part 3
Dream Big - Discover California Wines 2019 - Tasting of wines from California, Gamla Riksarkivet, Stockholm (28-04-2019 by Nenad Jelisic and Robert Jonasson)
Dream Big was a tasting where there was the opportunity to taste a large selection of wines from California. In total, there were about 600 wines to taste from 135 producers and of these there were about 40 producers who lacked a Swedish importer. There were a lot of wines from the large and well-known wine districts of Napa Valley and Sonoma County at the tasting. There was also the opportunity to taste wines from lesser known appellations such as Santa Ynez (wine region Central Coast), Lodi (wine region Central Valley) and Paso Robles (wine region Central Coast). Since the tasting time was slightly shorter than usual while the number of wines available to taste was large, a limited amount of the wines was tasted. Of the 159 wines tasted, 51 wines got more than 2,5 NJP, i.e. 32%. It is a very good result compared to tastings from other countries. NJ Wine's expectations were very high, considering that 56% of the wines got more than 2,5 NJP at the 2015 tasting. For that reason, NJ Wines felt a little sting of disappointment over the quality of the wines. Something that distinguishes Dream Big against, for example, the Italian and the French wine tasting day is that many of the producers had their top wines with them. That is something that NJ Wines has been missing for several years at the major tastings in Sweden. The American producers should have a great praise for that.
New wines in regular assortment March 2019 (24-03-2019 by Nenad Jelisic and Robert Jonasson)
NJ Wines has tasted all Systembolaget's new wines in regular assortment March 2019. The wines got the following points (Note that the wines are arranged in alphabetical order and that the wines that have got more than 2,5 NJP, if any, are presented under "Make sure to try these wines, wines that have got at least 3,0 NJP of possible 5,0 NJP"; NV = non-vintage wine; Systembolaget = a government owned chain of all liquor stores in Sweden): 1. Aphros Loureiro, 2017 (12 EUR/14 USD) white dry wine, Portugal, 0,5 NJP, 2. Bagordi, 2017 (8 EUR/10 USD) red dry blend wine, Spain, 0,0 NJP, 3. Beaujolais Villages, Marc Dudet, 2017 (9 EUR/11 USD) red dry wine, France, 0,0 NJP, 4. Birds of Paradise, Garnacha Syrah, 2017 (11 EUR/13 USD) red dry blend wine, Chile, 0,0 NJP, 5. Bolgaré, Syrah Merlot, 2017 (7 EUR/8 USD) red dry blend wine, Bulgaria, 0,5 NJP, 6. CARM, 2015 (9 EUR/11 USD) red dry blend wine, Portugal, 1,0 NJP, 7. Carmen, Premiere, 1850, Syrah, 2018 (8 EUR/9 USD) red dry wine, Chile, 0,5 NJP, 8. Château Mayne Lalande, 2012 (18 EUR/20 USD) red dry blend wine, France, 1,5 NJP, 9. Chateau Ste Michelle, Indian Wells, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 (19 EUR/22 USD) red dry blend wine, USA, 1,5 NJP, 10. Chianti, Il Drago el a Fornace, 2017 (9 EUR/11 USD) red dry blend wine, Italy, 0,0 NJP.