Dunmow

Wine Appreciation

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Group Facilitator:- Maurice Pannell

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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 usually sets a limit of fourteen or fifteen on attendance at our monthly meetings.

WAG1 September meeting UPDATE "South African wines"

Another evening of surprise and delight! Many thanks John and Jenny for hosting this one.

With a selection of 4 whites and 3 reds, coupled with some excellent cheeses, samosas and other delicacies they took us on a knowledgeable road trip around South Africa and in particular the Western Cape. With the exception of the two of them and Colin, also a well informed SA aficionado, for most of the rest of us the quality and variety of the wines was both a revelation and a valuable learning experience. At one point, if Thomas Cook had still been operational there could have been some instant travel bookings made in order to research the topic further!

As it was it proved difficult to pick a winner of Wine of the Month among the whites, between the Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, the William Robertson Chenin Blanc and The Wolftrap – a Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Grenache blend (in close to equal proportions). Ultimately, the slightly more complex Wolftrap from the Franschoek valley won by a short head – the only problem being that it’s quite difficult to source reasonably locally at less than £9.25 bottle and that’s if you by 6! Oh well!

Of the reds the First Cape Special Cuvee Merlot from Waitrose was a close rival, but the Pinotage - interestingly named Abraham and the Heretics – was the winner by one vote. Unfortunately it also is not readily available from the supermarkets.

All in all a most enjoyable evening – and a real eye-opener!

Looking ahead, we have the following lined up:

DateThemeHost(s)
October 29thWines from TuscanyLiz & Andrew Shoolbred
November 26thBordeaux winesMaurice & Linda Pannell
December date TBDHow about a glass of Port?"Stephanie Devine

And some suggested future topics:

  • “Let’s do the Rhone wines again!”
  • “California dreaming”
  • “A Wine Christmas”
  • “A nice drop of Claret”
  • “Fair Trade wines”
  • "A trip round Spain"

WAG2 October meeting UPDATE - "A Harvest Theme"

A white wine from Toppesfield vineyard in North Essex tops the charts at the Group’s October meeting! Although more expensive, it easily beat off the challenge of a Chardonnay from Argentina and a Pinot Grigio from Sicily.

For the Reds, the Porta 6 from Lisbon Portugal was declared the Group’s favourite. Apparently also a favourite of James Martin the TV celebrity chef, we thought this was not only very nice to drink, but also the price of only £6.99 was much appreciated. It scored well ahead of the Pinot Noir from Romania and the Chateau Pierrouselle blend from the Bordeaux Region of France.

Hillary Snell, our hostess for the evening made sure all members were comfortable and delighted us with a goodly spread of cheesy goodies, in addition to coming up with such a varied and interesting selection of wines! Thanks again Hillary.

DateThemeHost(s)
November 5th"Bonfire Night"Ken Bertram & Jill

If you are a new reader of our page and would like to get involved, please get in touch with me by email by clicking on the Bluebird logo at the top of the page.

Finally, thanks again to those who have volunteered to host over the next few months. Meanwhile if you have any other suggestions for topics / themes, and of course external tastings, outings etc. please let me know – it’s your group(s) so it’s important that we are doing the things you want to do!

Until next time

CHEERS!

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{If you would like to join our Group, please contact me Maurice Pannell

Dates for your Diary
Tue Oct 29th WAG 1 meeting - Wines from Tuscany
Tue Nov 5th WAG 2 meeting - theme - "Bonfire Night"
Tue Nov 26th WAG 1 meeting - Bordeaux wines

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