Thursday, 11 November 2010

St Martin's Day Wines

As explained in yesterday's post, St Martin's Day is both the start of winter and an excuse to uncork a few bottles of the new vintage. Tradition has it that 'svatomartinské vino' is served from 11.11 on the 11th of the 11th, as announced by this neatly-executed notice behind the bar of the Café Sladkovský.

Beneath the charming welcome are listed the wines for St Martin's Day. They come from two vineyards in Moravia, the area of the Czech Republic which - as anyone will tell you - produces the best vintages in the country.

Jazz great Emil Viklický comes from that region, and he is always keen to remind his audience of the virtues of the Moravian grape above those of the Bohemian hop. You can click on the arrow above to hear a snippet of his celebrated composition 'Wine, Oh Wine'.

Some of today's wines have names that reflect the colour of the grape, such as Modrý Portugal (Blauer Portugieser), or Veltlínské Zelené (Grüner Veltliner); also appearing on the blackboard are a highly-recommended white, Müller Thurgau - and, from Vladimir Tetur's vineyard, an exceptional rosé for St Martin's Day, my goblet of which is pictured here. A beautifully dry, slightly acid start, followed by a full-on fruity hit - not too fruity, mind - this is certainly one to add the Christmas present list.


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