Dunmow

Wine Appreciation Group 1

Group Leader - Maurice Pannell
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Click this link to see - Wine Appreciation Group 2

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WINE APPRECIATION – for wine lovers!

In normal, non-COVID times, WAG1 meets on the last Tuesday of each month and WAG 2 on the first Tuesday of each month. During the Corona virus restrictions however, both groups are holding "virtual" meetings via Zoom, the teleconferencing app. These have proved so popular that WAG1 is currently holding fortnightly sessions this way!

The purpose of these virtual meetings is the same as before - to learn about wines from around the world, discover new tastes and preferences and always to enjoy wine in a friendly and sociable atmosphere.

SEPTEMBER 8th – Virtual Meeting Number 11 – FRENCH WINDMILLS! - BEAUJOLAIS BUT NOT NOUVEAU

Beaujolais Region Fourteen members of Wine Appreciation Group 1 attended the 11th virtual meeting via Zoom on 8th September 2020 – including one pair dialling in from a hostelry in the wilds of the Somerset Levels!

Hosted by Patrick, we blind tasted a Moulin a Vent 2017 from the far north of the Beaujolais region. The most distinctive feature of the terroir here is the pink granite soils shot through with veins of manganese which causes small yields of highly concentrated grapes leading to deeper, more intensely flavoured wines than are produced in other parts of Beaujolais.

According to the Wine Searcher web site -

“Arguably the most noteworthy of the ten Beaujolais crus, Moulin-a-Vent wines, made from the Gamay grape variety, are known for being some of the most concentrated and tannic made in Beaujolais, a far cry from the light, simple Beaujolais Nouveau wines. Floral and fruit-driven in youth, these wines often develop spicy, earthy characteristics as they age.”

It was generally agreed the wine had an aroma of blackberry, plum and spice. We found that the wine had a complex and lingering flavour of plum, red fruits and spice. Some members did feel that the wine was too tannic, however this was less noticeable with time in the glass allowing the wine to breathe.

Debbie commented that the wine went very well with chocolate, which paired better than the roast beef which she also had on hand for the tasting!

The group graded the wine between 7 and 9, with a mean of 8.0. It was bought from Luckins in Dunmow at a very attractive price of £8.33 per bottle thanks to our host’s negotiating skills, which is significantly below the average price advertised on the Internet.

Next time, we are meeting on September 29th when Liz and Andrew will be making their selection of wines from Sicily.

Till then -

Cheers!

Maurice

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If you would like to join one of our Groups when we reconvene, please contact Maurice Pannell - for WAG1, or John Stanley - for WAG2

Dates for your Diary
Tue Sep 29th A Sicilian Sample!

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