The emptier the bottle..

I loved to find out about the JLF test, invented by a German guy. JLF means Je Leerer die Flasche (desto besser der wein), which is German for The Emptier the Bottle (the better the wine).

The test is about having a few bottles on the table and just drink them with friends, accompanied by some food. Everyone takes a first sip of each wine and tells what he thinks of it. After that, the normal drinking starts. You may not spit them, but you’ll have to drink them. 

The winning wines are the ones who are the most empty, measured in centimeters of wine left in the bottle. I love this idea, because I think most of the time it’s more important to just drink and enjoy the wine, than completely overanalyzing it, or judge it by giving points.

I had to think about this story, while I was drinking this wine with a friend during dinner: Cascina Garitina, Niades, Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG 2009, Piemonte

This wine is a red, fizzy Piemonte wine, made of 100 % brachetto grapes, a grape variety which you’ll only find in Italy, as far as I know.

Be prepared, that if you will ever taste this purple-red, fizzy sweet wine, it will cause a real fruit-explosion in your mouth. Never tasted so much concentration of blackberries, raspberries, rose-hip and elderberries before, without getting bored.

After my first sip, I couldn’t say it was very complex or really very elegant, but it turned out that we couldn’t stop drinking it. Needless to say there was not a millimeter left in the bottle.

It matched wonderfully well with my homemade chocolate truffles, with rosemary and seasalt. But why wait till dessert to drink this wine?



Cantine del Falco, Artiglio Salento, IGT 2009

Artiglio Salento Bianco IGT '09 One of the things I really like about wines, in general, is that often you’ ll  get rid of your own  prejudices . This wine really is a good example. I am not a big fan of oaked Chardonnays but this one, although it’s a blend and really oaky, surprised me that much I had to write about it..

It has a beautiful, intense golden color. You definitely smell the wood, no doubt about it.( 6 months of ageing in barriques) In the beginning I thought of just another overoaked white wine…, but after some time, you can smell lovely almonds, hints of vanilla and even some coconut, in a pleasant way. In your mouth, it’s has a velvety roundness, but also a nice acidity. It tastes like almonds, peaches and is easily drinkable, thanks to the nice acidity. And it sure has some ageing potential, I would love to try this wine again in let’s say, four more years.

But best of all, it is a nice wine to sit down with and relax, not too complicated, but just to enjoy! Its producer, Cantine del Falco is situated in the region of Lecce, Puglia, Italy.

This wine is made of 60 % Chardonnay and 40 % Verdeca. The last one is a local variety. Verdeca, also known as: Verdicchio femmina, Verdone, Verdisio, is being grown in Puglia and Campania. Both areas are relatively unknown here in Holland, except for some primitivo wines and a lost Greco di Tufo, you don’t see many of their wines here, unfortunately. Verdeca is mostly used in blends and to make Vermouth. If Verdeca is being used  in a single varietal wine, they say it shows delicate aromas. I did some internet  research, but haven’t find one yet. Would be interesting to taste a 100% Verdeca, anyone knows one, or tasted one?

 Available @Monegawijn  € 11,40