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Tinto Figuero 4 2011, 2012

Viñados y Bodegas García Figuero Tinto Figuero 4 2011 Düsseldorf May 2013 €10

and then the 2012 in May 2014 in a Düsseldorf tapas restaurant €34.

 

The first time I drank this wine I was not impressed. There was nothing wrong with the wine, but it was nothing special and there were better ways of spending €10 on Ribera wine. The second time and a different vintage the wine was sensational – fruit, some oak – a hint of boot polish and then a very long and spicy finish. Something I have never encountered in a Ribera Roble before, I have no idea if the winery has changed the composition from 100% tempranillo to something with some garnacha – but the website says 100% tempranillo. If you can find this wine, this vintage, outside of a restaurant do buy some and try it.

 

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Urban Ribera

Urban Ribera Tinta Del Pais 2008 Roble €7.50 Mövenpick April 2014

Bodegas Ortega Fournier.

This is a very good wine, at the price (knocked down from a higher and less appealing figure) . 2008 is a bit old for a roble and only three months in oak, but the wine itself has been very well made.

The wine was tasted straight out of the bottle and into the glass at about 19ºC, little above the recommended temperature of 16°C. The wine shows signs of its age, it is not bright, it is a little dull and murky, when assessing the colour at the edge of the glass it is brown rather than purple.

On the nose there is the polish of French oak and just a hint of ash tray but not much fruit. And then the taste or rather the whole mouth feel. Some French oak and lots of unctuous something and long lasting something at that.

Despite the above description this is a very nice wine and one I will try at a slightly lower temperature and with different food, in fact I will probably buy half a dozen tomorrow.

If you get a chance to buy this wine at anything up to about €12.50 then I think you will have a very reasonable purchase, it is not a vibrant fruit driven joven, it is not a classic American Oak Parker special, it is a very well made wine with a distinctive and most appealing taste.

Lucero Del Alba 2011 Roble, Sembro 2012 Roble, Valdubón 2011 Roble,Lopez-Cristobal 2012 Roble

 

Lucero Del Alba 2011 Roble Bodegas Cruz de Alba €9.99 Karstadt Düsseldorf

Sembro 2012 Roble VIÑAS DEL JARO, S.L.U €6.99 Kaufhof Düsseldorf

Valdubón 2011 Roble Bodegas Valdubón €9.99 Kaufhof Düsseldorf

Lopez-Cristobal 2012 Roble €8.80 in Viñedo weine aus spanien, Merkurstrasse 38 Düsseldorf

 

Having drunk Viñedo weine aus spanien, out of their Paramo de Corcos, with no sign of any more being ordered I have had to search around a bit for an a) good and b) affordable Ribera.

 

I had some very good memories of the Valdubón 2011 Roble when it was on sale in Mas in Spain for about €3.80 a bottle, but at nearly €10.00 it is expensive. The Lopez-Cristobal is a far superior wine with a better balance, some very fine French Oak, lots of fruit and more life.

 

The Semro has been interesting, a bit drier than most Riberas, but with plenty of fruit and a very strong taste of vanilla – it reminded me of Riberas made with 5% or more Merlot and oaked – I am not sure how – to bring out the vanilla without brining out the tannins. A wine that goes very well with lamb chops and unpasteurised cheeses such as Comté and Emmental.

 

The final wine of the quartet is Lucero Del Alba: 6 months in American and French oak – the American oak predominates. A singular Ribera,well made, nothing nasty lurking and with some fruit and very dry. It did little for me and at this price is not a bargain. However, if you don’t like fruit driven joven Riberas and find many of the crianzas either too heavy or expensive then this may suit you.

I – /ai/

I – /ai/

At times even reasonably advanced German, Spanish and Basque native speakers can find some difficulty with English vowel sounds despite the same sound being common in their own languages. The card below is designed to lead learners from what they know – ‘ Daimler Benz’ , ‘hay bocadillo’ or the name Aitor to English words with the same vowel sound.

I usually laminate these cards and give one to each student, then ask one to read all the words in a line or a column, then nominate another student to read another line or column of words.

Continue until you are happy with their pronunciation.

The words ‘Why, high, height and sign’ all contain silent letters, of these words it is only ‘sign’ that seems to cause some problems, if it does write ‘sign ‘ and ‘sine wave’ on the board and draw a picture of a sine wave, then ask students to repeat the words ‘sign, sine’ – the pronunciation is the same and they usually overcome the problem.

I include Daimler in this device because it often causes some discussion – particularly when I point out that the English pronunciation of this German name is D/ei/mler. I also use colour to highlight the letter combinations that can make the sound /ai/ – both things that might help make the pronunciation more memorable for some learners.

Once students have had the card and the rote learning I correct mispronunciations by starting to write Daimler or hay boc….or Aitor on the board. Students will frequently acknowledge their mistake and self correct.

pie

why?

five

height

my

high

dry

eye

Daimler

die

by

I

Aitor

fly

spy

sky

whisky &

rye

hybrid

diagonal

sign

Ikea

eins, zwei, drei, Daimler Benz, hay bocadillo, Aitor

An alternative to the card is to write the words to be pronounced, on the board, as follows:

bIlingual, dYnamo, trIangle, hYbrid. Model and drill.

If you find this helpful please let me know.

Meeting role play for up to seven students. Based on Cornelson English for Meetings

I saw the original role play in Cornelsen English for Meetings unit 4 ex12. Initially there were 4 role play cards. I have added three more roles. I have also modified the original role play descriptions to avoid any copy-write issues.

This is the simplified version

General information for all participants:

You are a member of the management team of a car insurance and house insurance company. You are having a meeting to improve customer service.

The company has a call centre that employs 90 staff

30 staff phone potential customers (out bound). 60 staff answer phone calls from existing customers and potential customers.

Manager 1

People answering telephones is out of date and expensive. Staff are difficult to recruit, expensive to train and make mistakes, sometimes giving customers the wrong information.

You want the company to develop a website to help existing customers to answer their own queries and to allow existing and new customers to buy their insurance on-line.

Manager 2

You think the idea to replace call centre staff with a website is a bad idea, you strongly disagree.

A good website is very expensive to build and maintain.

You also think that the website would frighten away customers and potential customers who like to do business with people and not computers.

Who would buy insurance without speaking to someone first?

Manager 3

You disagree with the idea. You think that:

Creating and maintaining an information only – FAQ – website is necessary. People expect to be able to find out prices and answer simple queries 24/7.

But customers and potential customers want to be able to talk to someone. So well trained call centre staff are also needed.

Manager 4

You have called the meeting and will chair it.

You need to be sure about the points your colleagues make – ask questions to clarify what they are saying. By the end of the meeting you need to decide what to do.

Manager 5

You do not want to replace the call centres with a web based solution but you do think staff costs could be reduced by better use of improved telephone technology.

Automatic outbound diallers will increase (sales) productivity.

IVR – interactive voice response – allowing existing customers to identify themselves talking to a member of staff would also increase productivity . So it will be possible to increase productivity and reduce the number of staff

Manager 6

You strongly agree with most of the idea to replace the call centre with a web based solution. You think that:

The company should create a sales website. The sales website should be run by an Irish subsidiary to reduce the amount of tax paid.

An increasing number of customer queries would be answered by the web site, as the site grows, so the number of staff in the call centre could be reduced.

Manager 7

You disagree with the idea to replace the call centres with a web based solution. You think that:

The whole operation should be outsourced to a company who runs call centres.

You don’t produce your own electricity, you buy it, why not buy customer care?

Role play for up to 6 students – Upper Intermediate/Advanced Cosmetic Surgery -after BreakingNewsEnglish

Role play for up to six people, upper intermediate and beyond. The objective is to encourage fluency. The activity started life as a BreakingNewsEnglish lesson –

http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1305/130530-jaw_surgery.html#ixzz2kL77T4wd

The original lesson contains many pages of activities based on the original Huffington Post cosmetic surgery story. I have used:the full transcript, the gap fill and the role play which I have extended.

I have classes that vary from 3 to 9 students, the original 4 role set up was a little inflexible, so I added 2 more roles – the model’s agent who wants the model to have the operation and a politician who does not.

An outline structure for a lesson with this material is:

  1. General discussion about cosmetic surgery

  2. Students read the article in pairs – use a 16 pt type face or above and make the students share one copy between two – they are more likely to discuss the article if they have to share.

  3. General discussion about any new vocabulary

  4. Students complete the gap fill in pairs – it tests comprehension and tests if the students have read the original article, it also highlights some useful collocations.

  5. Role play – The student reaction to this task has varied from a fairly civilized discussion through to trash TV confrontations – it depends on how angry the disfigured model becomes with the plastic surgeon and how much the politician likes to rant.’

  6. Show students a short YouTube video entitled ‘Gangnam Style TOP Plastic Surgery, Best Before and After – S’ and ask them to watch and describe the reactions of the people the model meets. The video can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8yqtRJMJj8

Original article

Image-conscious South Koreans are trying the latest procedure in plastic surgery to enhance their looks – double-jaw surgery. After having a nose job and eye reshaping, those who want the “perfect” jaw can opt to go under the knife for what is a major operation. Despite the surgery requiring months of painful recovery, dozens of South Korean celebrities have appeared on television showing off their chiselled new look. And “chiselled” is a key word to describe how surgeons cut away at the upper and lower jaw bones to sculpt the coveted “V-shaped” jawline. Many of the celebrities explained to chat show hosts how their reshaped chins have led to a “turning point” in their careers.

However, not everyone is recommending the operation. Many doctors are advising people against having the surgery for cosmetic reasons. Dr Choi Jin-Young, from the Seoul National University, talked to the AFP news agency of the dangers of the operation. He said: “It’s a very complex, potentially dangerous surgery…It’s disturbing to see people with no real dental flaws daring to go through it just to have a small, pretty face.” There are many reports of the surgery going terribly wrong. One young woman wrote: “My mouth keeps moving leftward and the jaw area has gone numb. I can’t even feel when saliva keeps dripping out of my mouth.” One woman committed suicide after post-surgery complications.

Source:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/27/double-jaw-surgery-south-korea_n_3341221.html?utm_hp_ref=world

Roles

Role A – Model

You are a model. You are very beautiful/handsome but you want a V-shaped jaw. Tell the others three reasons why you are having the double-jaw surgery. You totally trust your cosmetic surgeon (X) and do not believe the horror stories you’ve heard of post-surgery complications.

Role B – Dental surgeon

You are shocked the model is considering having double-jaw surgery. Tell the others three reasons why. The model already has perfect looks. (S)he could destroy his/her career if the operation goes wrong. The months after the surgery are very painful. X is not a qualified medical doctor.

Role C – X (Cosmetic surgeon)

You think the model should have the double-jaw operation. Tell the others three reasons why. None of your patients (including Jo) has ever had any complications. They are all so happy with their V-shaped jaws. The recovery process is two months at most and is not so painful.

Role D – Jo (Former model)

You were a model but had to quit after your double-jaw operation resulted in complications. Your cosmetic surgeon (X) lied to you. You have never recovered. Your jawline is now slanted and your mouth is numb. You cannot close your mouth properly. Tell the model not to have the op.

Role E – Kay (The Model’s agent) (additional role)

You think there is still some good publicity to be had from the model having the operation. Give the others three reasons why the model ‘must’ have the operation.

Role F – The politician (additional role)

Whilst some minor forms of cosmetic surgery may be acceptable you think that modifying healthy and attractive skin and bones in search of some westernised ‘ideal’ is bad for the social fabric of the country. Give the others three reasons why the model should not have the operation.

Image-(1) ____________ South Koreans are trying the latest procedure in plastic surgery to (2) ____________ their looks – double-jaw surgery. After having a nose job and eye reshaping, those who want the “perfect” jaw can opt to go under the (3) ____________ for what is a major operation. Despite the surgery (4) ____________ months of painful recovery, dozens of South Korean celebrities have (5) ____________ on television (6) ____________ off their chiselled new look. And “chiselled” is a key word to describe how surgeons cut away at the upper and lower jaw bones to (7) ____________ the coveted “V-shaped” jawline. Many of the celebrities explained to chat show hosts how their reshaped chins have led to a “(8) ____________ point” in their careers.

requiring sculpt knife turning conscious
showing enhance appeared

However, not everyone is (9) ____________ the operation. Many doctors are advising people against having the surgery for (10) ____________ reasons. Dr Choi Jin-Young, from the Seoul National University, talked to the AFP news agency of the (11) ____________ of the operation. He said: “It’s a very complex, (12) ____________ dangerous surgery…It’s disturbing to see people with no real dental (13) ____________ daring to go (14) ____________ it just to have a small, pretty face.” There are many reports of the surgery going terribly wrong. One young woman wrote: “My mouth keeps moving leftward and the jaw area has gone (15) ____________. I can’t even feel when saliva keeps dripping out of my mouth.” One woman (16) ____________ suicide after post-surgery complications.

numb potentially cosmetic committed

flaws recommending through dangers

Lopez Christobal, Monte Pinadillo and Paramo de Corcos

Lopez Christobal roble 2012 – €8.80

Monte Pinadillo joven 2010- about €5.80

Monte Pinadillo roble 2010 – about €6.40

Paramo de Corcos joven 2011 – €6.50

All purchased in Dusseldorf in September 2013

The Pinadillo wines were OK but lacked anything special – the price a reasonable reflection on quality when compared to other German reds.  The joven was a bit dull, lacking any real fruit , insert your own word for excitement.  The joven was dominated by American oak.  It stand up well to some inexpensive Ribera  crianzas and if treated as such is a reasonable buy.

The PdC (drink cold – from the fridge) is a lovely young wine, masses of fruit, mostly cherry.  About one bottle in 12 has  had a touch of reductive taint, that has vanished within 10 minutes of opening.  This is the benchmark joven Ribera in Germany and would probably provide a retirement income for the German vintner if he got his finger out and ordered some more.

Lopez Christobal – A near perfect roble.  There is French oak, but just a hint, there is friut in abundance, it tastes great when cold from the fridge, or when it has had only half an hour in the fridge.  I am not sure it is the benchmark roble, but I have bought some Valdubon roble 2011 and some Convento Orejo roble 2011, and hope for some Baden Numan roble 2011, to find out.

Torremoron Crianza 2009

€7.80 in Dusseldorf.

A subdued Ribera Crianza, the American oak is a bit stronger than the French, but neither are new.  At this price this is a very good introduction to a 2009 Ribera Crianza.  If you like the taste, there are many that are better for a lot more money.  If you don’t like the taste you will only waste your money and be disappointed trying more.

Convento Oreja roble 2011

I have twice drunk the crianza from this bodega and both bottles were very good, so I approached this roble with a fair bit of anticipation and was not disappointed.  I put the wine in the fridge a couple of hours before opening – this being summer – and was rewarded on opening the wine with huge amounts of fruit and a touch of French Oak.  This continued for mouthful after mouthful until the wine started to warm up and the oak predominate.  One gulp in particular was sensational the lingering aftertaste was pure ‘dry’ piccota cherry.

The bottle cost about €9.90 in Wuppertal and was worth every cent.

Warning this wine – a 2011  – throws a sediment so very little filtration and very little of the original fruit lost to the mores of the wine drinking public.

Probably the best Ribera I have tasted in the last 12 months and certainly the best roble since the Lagar 2009 in Aranda

Dehasa del Rey 2009 Crianza

 

Dehasa del Rey 2009 Crianza HIJOS DE ANTONIO BARCELÓ, S.A. purchased from Rossman Dusseldorf for €5.99

 

A dark purple colour, a bit of American Oak on the nose and a bit more in the mouth. There is some fruit. Thin and dry in the mouth, but with some length. It tastes like a co-op wine and I cannot think of another Ribera Crianza that I can buy for this price in Dusseldorf. If I were at a barbecue then I dare say that the flavour would improve a bit. That said, will I buy it again ?- Probably not. I would rather pay another €1.50 and buy the Marques de Villila, which on a good day is very good and on a bad day is better than this. Or buy the Paramo de Corcos 2011 (Tinto) – Roble for €0.50 more. Either will give you much more of a hint of the potential of Ribera wines.