Wine Appreciation convener: Maggie Grimshaw.
The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month, starting at 14:30.
In January, we found out how much we had learned (or not!) and whether our ability to recognise and differentiate between different wines has improved - and for some it has! Others just stick to the main question - DO YOU LIKE IT? Before the tasting challenge, Sue provided Waimea Albarino from New Zealand to "get your palates going" and it did. Fresh limes and minerals - very enjoyable.
Sue then gave details of 4 classic whites and 4 classic reds, and we tasted 3 bottles of each with concealed labels in a random order. All came from Majestic. For once, there was near silence as we concentrated on tasting and working out the aromas and flavours!
We started with an elegant Australian Reisling, The Lodge Hill 2018 made by Jim Barry in Clare Valley ((£12.99, £9.99 mix 6), with citrus and a hint of petroleum on the nose, lemon and grapefruit on the palate and a long finish - (almost) everyone liked this. We followed with Italian Stella Alpina Pinot Grigio 2018 (£12.99, £10.99 mix 6) - a slight, floral nose, lime and honey palate and apples and lime finish - a lovely white wine, one to buy! The third white had little on the nose at first but opened up later. Definition Chardonnay 2018 (£11.99, £9.99 mix 6) from Limoux in France was flowery and buttery on the palate and drew mixed views, as chardonnay tends to, but some absolutely loved it.
On to the reds, starting with the New Zealand Oyster Bay Merlot 2017, produced by Hawkes Bay (£11.99, £9.49 mix 6) - a clear red with slight smoke and cherries and a dry finish (confused by me with Pinot Noir). Mixed views for this one, but I liked it. Next up was a wine from the USA - Chateau Ste Michelle Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (£15.99, £12.99 mix 6) from Columbia Valley - dense red, spicy and jammy with a long finish - excellent! Must buy for a special! Finally, we tasted the Spanish Marques de Caceres Tempranillo Rioja 2015 (£11.99, £9.99 mix 6), a medium dense wine with leather, cherries and blackcurrant and a fairly light tannin which most people enjoyed.
So how good are we at blind tasting? A bit variable, but we all know how to have a good time!
We finished with a cheap, cheerful and zingy mouth freshening Makaraka New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, a bargain from Aldi at £4.99 and left happy.
Sadly, we don't have room for any more members at this time, but please let me know if you want to go on a waiting list (or even better, to set up another wine appreciation group).
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