On Sunday about three weeks ago my friend had baby-shower for her new born son in one of the pubs in Brixton. It was a lovely afternoon with friends and colleagues I hadn’t seen for while, spent laughing and gossiping with a glass of champagne and devouring copious amounts of cake. I was so glad to see my friend so happy and glowing with pride every time she looked at her son. I think this type of happy glow is reserved only for freshly made parents and teenagers in love. It’s almost surreal and entirely true, devoid of any doubt or criticism, just pure admiration and wonder. And it’s contagious. Just by looking at them one begins to feel better, happier…
That Sunday I was strolling back home from Brixton, still charged up with happy feelings after the party, enjoying the warmth of the summer evening. I decided to go on foot to walk off the overdose of cakes and champagne. As I was passing Herne Hill I spotted Bacchus, a new wine boutique I haven’t seen before. I was a bit broke at the time, but as I was in a great mood and high spirits I decided, against any better judgment to pop in and see what they’ve got. I went in and I saw a familiar face behind the counter. We looked at each other for a second and I exclaimed, “I know you!” He started to laugh and said, “Yes, I know you too. How are you Trish?” You can’t imagine my surprise at seeing a colleague I worked with years before and learning that he has opened his own wine shop. We chatted for moment and he showed me his stock. My oh my, he had some rare goodies in there. I think I will be a regular customer in his shop… Anyway, around twenty minutes later I walked off with a bottle I couldn’t really afford to buy but couldn’t resist to try. I have never tried aged Falanghina and couldn’t resist, especially as he had only couple of bottles left… oh well it was only £18…
It was worth it.
Alberto Longo 2009 Le Fossette Falanghina (Puglia)
Falanghina is one my favourite Italian wines, one of those I devour every time I go to Italy. However so far I had only tasted young Falanghina, a fruity but fresh and crisp type. This is something else entirely. Deep golden in colour, almost oily in appearance with rich intense aromas of magnolia and jasmine flowers and peach fruits. On the palate it’s very lush and full-bodied, perfumed with scents of flowers and aromas of exotic fruits, almonds, sweet apple and pear but not cloying; it retains freshness due to its high content of acidity, making this wine clean and crisp by the finish. And what a finish it has! Complex, fragrant and very long, it lingers in your mouth well after you took a sip.
This wine is something rather different from my usual everyday drinking whites but I love it. Try it if you can. Great stuff!
I bought this wine at Bacchus, 137 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, London SE24 9JY http://bacchushernehill.co.uk.gridhosted.co.uk/news/