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Wine Appreciation

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Group Facilitator:- Maurice Pannell

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WINE APPRECIATION – for wine lovers!

Now we have enough members to hold two separate meetings each month! WAG1 meets on the last Tuesday of each month and WAG 2 on the first Tuesday of each month. However, our purpose is the same - to learn about wines from around the world, discover new tastes and preferences and always to enjoy wine in a friendly and sociable atmosphere.

Our members take it in turn to host meetings, generally at their own house. The number of tasting measures we can obtain per bottle usually sets a limit of fourteen or fifteen on attendance at our monthly meetings.

WAG1 December meeting UPDATE "Port - with food pairing"

Most of us are probably of an age to remember Nights in White Satin (Moody Blues 1967 if you aren’t!) but I don’t think one of us was prepared for Strawberries in White Chocolate – hand made by our hostess Steph and her opening gambit in the “Port with Food Pairing” pre-Christmas celebration last night! This was followed with more delectables – Queijo da Serra cheese from Portugal, chocolate truffles, smoked almonds, Ossau-Iraty cheese from the Northern Basque country, finished off of course with a wonderfully creamy Stilton.

Oh, and by the way, there was some excellent port too! We started with a Rose port by Offley followed by a Symington’s Late Bottled Vintage, their Ruby port, Taylor’s Dry White, Symington’s Tawny and finally their Vintage port. There were no duffers among them – even though no-one was familiar with Symington’s brand prior to the evening, the flavour and economical price of their Ruby, LBV and Tawny will surely send most of us to search the supermarket shelves. Although more expensive, the Symington’s Vintage port and Stilton combination was pretty well everyone’s favourite, but it has to be said that pairing the Strawberries in White Chocolate with the Offley Rose port at the beginning was a master stroke.

Thanks again Steph for the pairings and all the research which made this a learning experience as well as, and to all the others who brought yet more delicious food to the party. Finally, thanks Peter for organizing the minibus to Bardfield which ensured we were safe and responsible drinkers!

A really good evening all round!

Looking ahead, we have the following lined up (note we will revert to the last Tuesday in the month for the New Year):

DateThemeHost(s)
No meeting January is dry! Unless?
February TUESDAY 25thWines of ItalyPeter Watson
March TUESDAY 31stLet's put a little sparkle into it Patrick Lavelle
April TUESDAY 28th Theme TBD Host TBD
May TUESDAY 26th Viva La Spania" J & J Versey

WAG2 January 7th 2020 meeting

Thanks firstly go to Hilary Snell for stepping in and hosting our first meeting of the year.

Several members were unable to attend for various reasons but six of us had a fun evening tasting 6 wines all purchased at Tesco’s which were paired with the recommended foods.

We met at 7pm and started off with Les Dauphins Cote du Rhone, unusually a white from the Rhone valley which had fruit flavours such as peaches, grapes and apricots, great as an aperitif. This was followed by Ara, Gruner Veltliner from Austria, which was similar to a Sauvignon Blanc which went well with cured meat, soft cow and goats cheese. Thirdly we had a Semillion Dessert wine from Riverina, South East Australia which was delicious, and we indulged in a sticky toffee pudding. After a short break we then went on to taste some red wines, firstly Valpolicella from North East Italy, followed by Dino Romagna Sangiovese Superiore from Central Italy, a medium body red which went well with pepporoni pizza. Our last wine of the night was a Shiraz from South Africa, which was full bodied, smooth and bursting with blackcurrant, cherry and herb aromas balanced with gentle soft berry flavours, very reasonably priced at only £5.00 a bottle. An enjoyable evening was had by all.

WAG2 Tuesday 4 February Hosted by John & Sheila

A good evening was had by all discovering wines from different regions of Spain with some tapas to try as well, after the initial sampling of three white wines. We started with a white Rioja Blanco 2018 Muga from the Western end of Rioja Alta which was well received. The second wine was a fruity Mas Querido Field Blend and the third Caixas Albarino 2018, Ras Baixas was a refreshing crisp white made from the Albarino grape which was voted the best out of the three. Before we went on to the reds we tried a non-alcoholic Rose - Sangre de Toro but it was not very popular!

The second half of the evening began with Arc de Pedra Priorat 2016 which was a deep cherry red colour with purple hints. Made with hand picked Grenache and Carignan grapes it was a very smooth, rich wine with a long finish. The next was Valsordo Old Vines Garnacha 20 which comes from the village of Cebreros and is a fruity red from the Garnacha grape. Finally we finished with another Rioja Reserva 2015 Vina Alarde which again was a very smooth red from the Garnacha, Tempranillo grape which is matured for a minimum of 2 years in American oak cask. Out of the reds both this one and the Arc de Pedra Priorat had equal votes.

Our WAG2 next meeting is Tuesday 3 March.
More details will be available shortly.

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{If you would like to join one of our Groups, please contact me Maurice Pannell

Dates for your Diary
Tue Feb 25th WAG1 Wines of Italy, Peter is hosting
Tue Mar 3rd WAG2 monthly meeting - DEBBIE
Tue Mar 31st WAG1 Sparkling Wines at Patrick's
Tue Apr 7th WAG2 monthly meeting - HAZEL
Tue May 5th WAG2 monthly meeting - SONIA
Tue Jun 2nd WAG2 monthly meeting - GLENDA & PETER
Tue Jul 7th WAG2 monthly meeting - VICKY

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