The Journal.

All / NEWS

July Tasting Notes

05.07.24

4 min read

At the eto studio, we delight in discussing everything from movies and books to our latest favourite wines and dishes. Dive into the experience of relishing these with us. Enjoy a glass of wine and explore some ideas for the month's Tasting Notes.

TO DRINK

Chillable Cabernet Francs from Loire

2020 St Nicolas de Borgueil, Frédéric
Mabileau

It’s enjoyable as a pure expression of Cabernet Franc, featuring charming red-black fruit flavours, a juicy and succulent palate and versatile food-pairing ability. All achieved through minimal intervention winemaking using organic grapes.

2021 Bourgueil, Domaine du Bel Air

A delightful combination of juicy red and dark berry flavours, crisp acidity and an intriguing depth with earthy spice and flora notes.

2022 Saumur Rouge, Arnaud Lambert

The perfumed and complex profile offers a delicate yet juicy expression of Cabernet Franc with inviting cherry notes, mineral touches and floral aromas.

A Tuscan Surprise

2021 Camigliona LU Sauvignon Blanc

A chemical-free wild child from 20+ year vines. Three days on skin for texture, steel-aged for purity. Not quite orange, but far from ordinary.

2021 "Terre Di Tufi" Toscana Bianco IGT

This white super Tuscan blends native Vernaccia and Trebbiano, aged to perfection. It's a taste of San Gimigano's medieval magic with a modern twist.

2022 Planeta Chardonnay

An organic gem that blends peaty notes with honey-kissed fruit flavours, offering a sip of the island's diverse terroir. It was also Julius Caesar's favourite.

TO EAT

Classic Grill Recipes

Enter any food court in Southeast Asia and you’ll be greeted by the sweet smoky aromas of satay being grilled on charcoal. Try this at-home recipe from Mandy Yin and serve it alongside peanut sauce, fresh cucumber slices and sticky rice cubes. The Cuban-inspired marinated chicken grilled flat on a griddle gives it a crispy skin with zesty flavours. And for those in the mood for seafood, the lemon-stuffed branzino is a must-try.

Summery Sweets

“Peppery” is a common wine-tasting note, so why not give this peppered white wine slushy a go? Shrikhand is an incredibly dreamy and easy Indian dessert. The saffron and cardamom-infused yoghurt is the perfect make-ahead dish in the summer. And for something more indulgent, but deliciously light, try the tres leches (meaning “three milks” in Spanish) cake.

TO WATCH

Another Ball Please

The Paris 2024 Olympics opening ceremony kicks off at 8:24 pm CEST on July 26th 2024, it’s a first in Olympic history in that it won’t be held at a stadium. Instead, it’s taking place along the banks of the River Seine, opposite the Eiffel Tower. Our famous SW19 neighbours are currently hosting the Wimbledon Championships, so don’t forget to indulge in some double cream over strawberries with a glass of Chardonnay while you enjoy the games. And don’t miss the Euros final, where football dreams and national pride collide.

Latest Releases

Yorgo Lanthimos’ latest cinematic offering , ‘Kinds of Kindness’ is a ‘triptych fable’ that blends a a trio of surreal stories. It's both funny and unsettling - perfect for those seeking a taste of the extraordinary. A feast of culinary star power, from Daniel Boulud to René Redzepi, "The Bear" peppers in cameos that add authenticity to Carmy's journey by seamlessly integrating these real-life icons that are sure to satisfy both foodies and drama enthusiasts alike.

TO TRY

All Fired Up

Campfire in California celebrates the spirit of gathering around a fire to enjoy classic grill dishes with a twist of global flavours like Korean chillies and burrata - and yes, they do have s'mores! Dante in New York, one of the world's best bars, has opened a second location. Equipped with a wood-fire grill and charcoal oven, the restaurant is serving up recipes from northern Spain and southern Italy. At Maydan, in Washington DC, the entire restaurant is built around a wood-burning, live-fire stove, so you can enjoy the crackling sounds and culinary sights throughout your dining experience.

Fantastique French Fusion

Angéle Restaurant & bar serves up classic French brasserie-style fare with a Northern Californian twist, plus an outdoor patio overlooking the Napa River. Mimi is an intimate French bistro in Greenwich Village with an international influence, particularly Japanese, resulting in creative and unexpected dishes that surprise and delight. Chantecler, formerly in Parkdale, has reopened in Bloorcourt, Toronto, with a focus on house-made charcuterie, locally sourced ingredients and a new patio seating overlooking the Christie Pits park.

TO EXPLORE

Paris

The Art of the Olympics at the Gagosian in Paris features artworks in various mediums exploring sport’s rich cultural, social and emotional tapestry. From quirky paper soaps to toothpaste that’s more artwork than oral care, Officine Universelle Buly is a sensory feast wrapped in exquisite packaging. It’s the kind of place that makes online shopping feel as flat as day-old champagne.

Jazz Live Bar

La Gare is a converted train station in Paris, where local jazz artists play in the station’s old hall to a small intimate crowd - but be aware that you may be called out for talking louder than a whisper! Night Tales Loft overlooks the East London skyline and every Wednesday a group of musicians gather for an evening of improvised music. Tomi Jazz is a speakeasy-style Japanese bar in New York that plays live music nightly and offers izakaya fare.