Wine Appreciation

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Last Monday of the month at 3pm

27th May (BH)
 Nick W
24th June
 Jean and Eric G
29th July
 Lindsay and Keith S
26th August (BH)
 Linden B
30th September
28th October

Update 4th June 2019

Report of Meeting on Monday 27th May

The weather looked promising and we decided to sit outdoors, but we experienced the occasional weather interruption, which thankfully didn't dampen everyone's spirits. 

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The theme was local: everything (nearly) was obtained from the Co-op, which proved to be very good value and very good quality. 

I chose a selection of red wines, typical of what I might choose for myself, and a white Riesling, representative of what I used to drink when I was younger.  By consensus, one of the red wines was decanted (the Rioja), one was opened to let breathe (the Malbec) and one was drunk immediately on opening (the Shiraz blend).

I am not sure whether we noticed the difference, but it was a bit of fun.  At the end of the wine tasting, everyone was given the option of an Irish Whiskey upgrade, which I brought back from our recent holiday to Ireland.  It was a lovely smooth Jameson, which rounded off a super afternoon.


More  photos, and details of wines served, on our flickr page


Update 29th April 2019
One of the advantages of belonging to a wine appreciation group is you can sample several different bottles to compare different price points. As a long term fan of Beaujolais Alan had sourced four bottles for us to sample.

Starting with the nearest white wine to the region as a light starter - Macon-Villages Chardonnay, Cave de Lugny, Burgundy (Waitrose £9.99). Made from chardonnay grapes, grown in the Maconnais in the south of Burgundy, this unoaked wine is an excellent example of modern white Burgundy. It is crisp and dry with fresh citrus and peach flavours, displaying a hint of minerality true to its origin. It's a great introduction to the region, with classical tropical fruit flavours of honey and melon and a rounded, buttery mouth feel.

We then moved on to the reds!
Waitrose Beaujolais Villages (Waitrose £7.99)
Fresh and fruity, this has all the red berry character expected from the Gamay variety, along with a hint of spice.

Georges Duboeuf Brouilly 75cl (Sainbury £8.50)
Brouilly is the largest and most southerly of the ten Beaujolais "Crus", with vineyards surrounding the imposing Mont Brouilly. The finest Gamay is supple with soft tannins and a lip-smacking minerality.  

Fleurie AOC Beaujolais Henry Fessy (Waitrose £13.49)
Fleurie is often described as the "Queen of the Crus". This ideal terroir and situation give a pleasant and harmonious wine showing fruity aromas and a nice roundness.

Update 25th February 2019
Carl and Sue kindly hosted our February meeting which took place on what felt like a Spring day!
The theme was 'grapes Carl had never tried' and why not!

1. Baron de Ley Rioja Blanco £8.99

From Waitrose website

"Irresistible white Rioja: elegant yet rounded - an ideal aperitif. From a multi award-winning estate comes an acclaimed white Rioja. Bursting with ripe citrus and apricot with good weight and texture, this excels with Spanish tapas dishes. A great-value find. "

A thumbs up from our group definitely

2.Teruzzi & Puthod Rondolino Vernaccia di San Gimignano £9.49

From Waitrose website

"Elegant aromas of green apple & citrus. This Tuscan dry white wine has an elegant nose of cut green apple and crisp citrus flavours, alongside soft fruits and a delicious stony minerality, followed by hints of almonds."

Again enjoyed by all, and deemed to offer a different flavour from many white wines.

3.Tenuta Rapitalà Nero d’Avola £9.99

From Waitrose website

"When the winery name is said to mean ‘beautiful garden of God’, you expect something sublime and this wine doesn’t disappoint. From the rolling hills close to Palermo, Nero d’Avola is Sicily’s most expressive red grape. This seductive wine has juicy plum and cherry fruits, hints of spice and soft gentle tannins. "

Again proof that we should always try new things as this red was popular with those who enjoy red AND those who prefer white normally.

Another very pleasant afternoon when the conversation ranged far beyond wine as usual. The x-rays of the pins in Nick's arm proved an interesting topic certainly!


Update 29th January 2019

What a great way to spend the last Monday afternoon in January - tasting a fine selection of wines accompanied by tasty olives, bread, meats and cheeses. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon at The Wine Store, Charlestown and were transported in comfort via the Lerryn minibus.

We tasted six wines as follows:

Côté Mas Frisante 

Pale lemon coloured with green tints, the nose exhibits citrus, pear and floral notes. The palate is lively and fresh with ripe apple and citrus peel and a clean and refreshing finish. A great aperitif and also works well with shellfish.
This Frissante sparkling wine is made using the Charmat method. This is where the second fermentation takes place in a sealed tank with sufficient yeast and sugar to produce 2 bar of pressure in the wine. It is then bottled under a champagne cork and is deliciously sparkling!
A blend of 55% Piquepoul and 45% Chardonnay.

Cuma Organic Argentina

A totally organic wine with a zesty lime and white grapefruit taste. Honeysuckle and peach stone give a warmer background flavour. Pairing well with stronger tasting dishes such as strong cheeses, spicy curries or smoked sausages. With very little human interference this grape grows naturally in the cool night air and warm days. With it’s hint of Jasmine and Rose petals you could easily be transported to Argentina as you drink.

Trimbach Riesling Alsace

An Alsace benchmark from the famous house of Trimbach in Ribeauvillé. Ripe and fruity in the fine 2015 vintage, but with a fine backbone of acidity and wonderful appetising freshness too.

Le Tot Louis Tête Beaujolais Nouveau

A light and delicate red wine, with complex flavours of banana and bubblegum notes. This prompted reminiscences of Beaujolais Nouveau tastings in Kent and London. In general we felt this was a good example compared to some of our memories!

Gran Cerdo Spain natural wine

Gran Cerdo Tempranillo Gonzalo Grijalba, best value natural red on the market! Gran Cerdo is all about great natural wine with whole bunch fermentation, light filtration, no stabilisation and minimal sulphur. The juicy elements of Tempranillo shine through with no dirty oak to mask the charm of this little natural wine giving phenomenal value. The winemaker, Gonzalo Gonzalo is a legend (and not just for his name) because he has proved that you can make a fantastic biodynamic Tempranillo at an affordable price. The nose and flavours are an intoxicating combination of red and dark berries, faint lavender (or violets) and a slightly earthy edge. The herbaceous flavours gives the wine a slight green finish with a little spice, while the tannin and acidity cry out for some red meat.

Pedro Ximenez Triana Hidalo La Gitana

Produced by the Hidalgo Family bodega, established in 1792 in Sanlúcar. Made using grapes dried on straw mats, fermented and fortified, then aged under the solaria system. One of the sweetest wines in the world, PX is about as sweet as things can get! Aromas of raisins, molasses, figs, toffee, caramel, nuts, the palate is incredibly thick, dense, with an oily texture, massive concentration and unsurpassed sweetness and prolonged length. The ultimate sweet wine! Fantastic when poured over ice-cream.

As ever the jury was split over our favourite but we all enjoyed the varied tasting which Gina at The Wine Store had put on for us. Bring on the rest of 2019!

Update December 2018
After our very enjoyable annual jaunt to Wadebridge Wines Christmas Tasting we have yet another outing planned for the start of 2019. On Monday 28th January we will have a tasting at the recently opened Wine Store in Charlestown. Once again the Lerryn minibus will be used to enable us all to enjoy a tipple or two. The tasting will cost £25 per head plus a small fee for the use of the minibus. If you have not yet confirmed your place with Lindsay please do so asap.


Our adventures during 2018 may be followed on this page.