International Syrah Day, you say..??

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Matching wine with a national event of the week is fast becoming the default tool for uninspired wine writers. My favourite last month was national BBQ week, particularly irrelevant considering the weather, and my favourite next month has to be National Left Handers Month and European Bat Weekend. I kid you not!

The wine trade have got in on the act too, if it’s not International Grenache Day then its World Malbec Day, and what happened to National Wine Month?? Then there was Murray Mania and a football frenzy fortnight, the list goes on but the creativity does not. I’m as excited as any Londoner about London 2012 but as I brace myself for the onslaught of wine related sport articles to come, linking wine with The Games feels as obscure to me as the fast food giants sponsoring the greatest sporting event on earth.

I’m not in the clear either, I’ve been guilty of it myself, only in June I got swept up in jubilee-fever and couldn’t resist but share a great English wine I’d come across with you. So it would be no surprise to hear that in preparation for Bastille Day last Saturday I had some great French wines lined up to tell you about. But in a summer that is turning out to be so quintessentially English, highlighting this particular French national holiday in a wine related way just seemed wrong.

Instead let me tell you about my top wine find so far this month which happens to be French but <insert Gallic shrug here> qeulque fois c’est comme ça. I came across Château Curson Crozes Hermitage 2009 while researching for a Miss Bouquet French themed wine tasting hen party the other weekend (try saying that after a glass or two). Bottles from Champagne, Loire, Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Languedoc were all sewn up but the Rhône took a bit of time.

At the wonderfully helpful and unique Vagabond Wines in Fulham where you can sample their wines before you buy, this Northern Rhône gem stood out like an English girl celebrating Bastille Day, but in a good way. Made entirely from Syrah (or Shiraz) this is a powerful, complex and fruity French red with violet and pepper aromas, smooth tannins and a little vanilla pod sweetness. For all the £20 notes we part with for inadequate bottles of red down the pub, this one for the same price to take home and enjoy on the sofa from the understated but not underrated Rhône Valley makes the fact we’ve missed International Syrah Day for this year even more to the point.

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2 Responses to “International Syrah Day, you say..??”

  1. Andrew says:

    I cant help thinking that these grape days are more than a bit naff and unimagantive to be honest… but thoughts of batting with a wine bottle sounds much more fun (or is it socking bats over the head with a bottle? I might be a touch confused)

  2. Miss Bouquet says:

    European Bat Weekend – it’s more about fruit bats than cricket bats. But I get your confusion!!

    Roll on Miss Bouquet Day!