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.

UPDATE

Back in April we sampled Peter’s choice of “East of Suez” wines. In July, Jim’s array of Eastern European wines centred on the territory west of Suez, but before you get into the more established wine growing regions of Western Europe. Although this exposed some weakness in our collective understanding of world geography, it did not stop us appreciating the wine! Or for that matter those delicious home made sausage rolls Jim! Altogether a very successful evening with quite a few surprises.

We tried three whites and by a substantial but not unanimous vote the Hungarian Chardonnay “Kamocsay Akos” at £8.99 a bottle (mixed 6) from Majestic was most liked. Of the non-whites the peachy Lidl’s Pinot Noir rose at £5.99 was seen as a pleasing taste for a warm summer afternoon. Of the reds, the Pinot Noir from Romania and the Bulgarian Merlot were both pleasant but illustrated that the same grape grown and made into wine elsewhere could taste quite different. Overall our nomination for Wine of the Month was the Hungarian Chardonnay.

At our May meeting the Airens grape was revealed to be one of the top three grown by volume globally. As no-one had prior knowledge of this grape, Gill kindly brought along a bottle of Finca Airen from Majestic for us to try. Thank you Gill. It was a pale white very light tasting wine at 11% by volume. It was interesting to learn more about this grape – widely used in production of brandy, port and sherry, but not well known outside of the Spanish wine world.

Finally, we are going to look into the possibility of another evening’s tasting at Luckins in Dunmow and also check out future Majestic tastings evenings for a possible trip – both at dates to be confirmed. There was also an appetite for another vineyard visit. Hopefully our second group will be up and running soon so there should be no problem getting minimum numbers. More on future events later.

Looking ahead, we have the following lined up:

DateThemeHost(s)
August 27thCab Sav revisitedPatrick & Alison Lavelle
September 24thSouth African favouritesJohn & Jenny Versey
October 29thWines from TuscanyLiz & Andrew Shoolbred

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”

SECOND GROUP MEETING EACH MONTH - PROGRESS

We had an introductory meeting of prospective members of a second Wine Appreciation Group on Tuesday August 6th. The response was very positive with at least 15 people interested. The main decision made was to hold the second group meetings on the FIRST Tuesday of each month starting on September 3rd as this was the only day of the week that all those present could be available. In addition a further 3 people volunteered to host the October, November and December meetings. More details will be posted as the new group gets underway.

Meanwhile, 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 Aug 27th Cab Sav revisited!
Tue Sep 24th South African wines
Tue Oct 29th Wines from Tuscany
Tue Nov 26th Topic to be decided

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