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Group Facilitator:- Maurice Pannell
WINE APPRECIATION – for wine lovers!
The purpose of our Group is to learn about wines from around the world, discover new tastes and preferences and always to enjoy the friendly and sociable atmosphere established within the Group.
Our members take it in turn to host meetings, generally at their own house. The number of tasting measures we can obtain per bottle sets a limit of fourteen or fifteen on attendance at our monthly meetings.
Our May evening session was all about ruby red colour Merlots versus the inky dark coloured Malbec wines – except it wasn’t quite like that! Maybe it was because our budget limited us to a fairly young selection – nothing more mature than 2017. Or that the production and ageing methods vary greatly country to country. Or maybe simply that colour is not the most reliable way of distinguishing between these two classics. Whatever the reason, our selection defied most attempts at identification until, (by process of elimination?!) everyone got the last one - the Argentinian Malbec right!
All the wines were single varietal as pre-meeting research showed that there was another whole session to be had on the Bordeaux blends which frequently feature at least one of these two grape varieties. They were also all from Majestic so prices all included the “mixed 6” discount.
We started with a surprise package - a rosé - Zingo Malbec Rosé 2018 from France, Languedoc-Roussillon region at £7.49 which most agreed was a very pleasant wine for a warm summer’s evening or al fresco lunch. We then tried the 3 Malbecs and 3 Merlots, in a random order just to add to the confusion! The Jean Bon Merlot from France was most liked Merlot (and seems to be very good value at £6.99) but the more expensive Merlot from Oyster Bay, New Zealand was a bit of a disappointment, although would probably considerably improve with age. However, the equally priced (£8.99) Marcello Pelleriti Argentinian Malbec was hands down winner of Wine of the Month.
Hopefully summer will be kind to us for our June meeting at the end of the month on the topic of “Wines to accompany salads!”. We will be welcoming some prospective new members at that meeting so ideally will be enjoying a balmy evening in our host’s garden!
Until next time
If you would like to join our Group, please contact me Maurice Pannell, as numbers may be limited, depending on our venue.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Tue Jun 25th||Wines to go with summer salads|
|Tue Jul 30th||Wines from Eastern Europe|
|Tue Aug 27th||Cab Sav revisited!|