Next tasting – Friday 14th June

In June we welcome back Italian specialist Ben Robson from Bat & Bottle of Oakham. The wines will cover a wide range of styles from aromatic white to substantial red, and will include a couple of excellent sweet wines too. This will be a very exciting tasting.

Ben has been a great supporter of the Grand Union, and his tastings are always popular and engaging. He offers wines that you are unlikely to see elsewhere as he has close personal connections in northern Italy. 

I do hope you will be able to join us. To register your attendance, please pay as normal by Friday June 7th. As always, guests are welcome by prior agreement.

For more information:

Web: batwine.co.uk
Email: post@batwine.co.uk
Tel: 01572 759735 / 07809 828662
Address: 18d Oakham Enterprise Park, Oakham. LE15 7TU

Note that Members are required to confirm attendance at the next tasting and paying the tasting fee in advance. Unfortunately, it is not possible for members or guests to simply turn up on the night owing to space limitations.

What we tasted in May 2024

In May we welcomed Jake Crimmin of E&J Gallo, who presented a fantastic range of northern Californian wines from Louis M. Martini and Orin Swift. The Masters v. Mavericks theme was very entertaining.

More information is available here:
Web: orinswift.com
Web: louismartini.com
Web: gallo.com

The wines tasted were:

  1. 2022 Orin Swift Blank Stare
  2. 2021 Orin Swift Mannequin
  3. 2020 Orin Swift Abstract
  4. 2021 Orin Swift Eight Years in the Desert
  5. 2020 Orin Swift Palermo
  6. 2018 Louis M Martini Sonoma County Cabernet
  7. 2019 Louis M Martini Napa Valley Cabernet
  8. 2017 Louis M Martini Monte Rosso Zinfandel

What we tasted in April 2024

In welcomed back Quentin Sadler for the 10th time to the GUWS. We were treated to an excellent range of wines from Rioja.

More information is available here:
Web: quentinsadler.com
Blog: quentinsadler.wordpress.com
X: @quentinsadler
Facebook: facebook.com/quentinsadler

The wines tasted were:

  1. 2016 Cune Barrel Fermented Blanco Bodegas CVNE, Haro, Rioja Alta
  2. 2021 Ad Libitum Maturana Blanca Juan Carlos Sancha, Baños de Río Tobía, Rioja Alta
  3. 2021 Conde Valdemar Finca Alto Cantabria Viñedo Singular, Oyón, Rioja Alavesa
  4. 2020 Finca la Montesa Viñedo Esencial Crianza Palacios Remondo, Alfaro, Rioja Oriental
  5. 2019 Peña el Gato Tinaja Juan Carlos Sancha, Baños de Río Tobía, Rioja Alta
  6. 2019 Bakeder Vino de Laguardia Viña Real, Bodegas CVNE, Laguardia, Rioja Alavesa
  7. 2016 Finca Valpiedra Reserva Familia Martínez Bujanda, Fuenmayor, Rioja Alta
  8. 2004 Urbina Gran Reserva Especial Bodegas Urbina, Cuzcurrita del Río Tirón, Rioja Alta

What we tasted in March 2024

In March we welcomed back Dan Ruell of Mentzendorff who presented a range of fantastic new world wines from their portfolio.

If you wish to purchase wines, please email the Treasurer.

For more information:
Web: mentzendorff.co.uk

The wines tasted were:

  1. Klein Constantia Cap Classique Chardonnay 2019
  2. The Crossings Wild Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2020
  3. Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2018
  4. Akitu Blanc Pinot Noir 2022
  5. Akitu A2 Pinot Noir 2019
  6. Kilikanoon The Duke Grenache 2016
  7. Kilikanoon The Oracle Shiraz 2016
  8. Kilikanoon Attunga 1865 Shiraz 2013
  9. Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Muscat de Frontignan 2019

Next tasting – Friday 8th March

In March we welcome the return of Mentzendorff who will be presenting a range of wines from their portfolio.

For more information:
Web: mentzendorff.co.uk

Note that Members are required to confirm attendance at the next tasting and paying the tasting fee in advance. It will not be possible for guests to attend or for members to simply turn up on the night owing to space limitations.

What we tasted in February 2024

In February we welcomed back Jane Sowter of legendary Lebanese producer Chateau Musar, who presenting a range of fantastic wines from their portfolio. After looking back though our archive we realised that this was Jane’s 10th presentation to the society, which commenced in 1992. We were not disappointed.

If you wish to purchase, wines are available through Evington’s Wines. Ollie can be contacted on 0116 254 2702 , online at evingtons-wines.co.uk or by visiting the store at 120 Evington Road, Leicester LE2 1HH.

For more information:
Web: chateaumusar.com

The wines tasted were:

  1. Musar Jeune White 2021
  2. Musar Jeune Rosé 2021
  3. Musar Jeune Red 2020
  4. Hochar Père et Fils Red 2019
  5. Chateau Musar 2016
  6. Chateau Musar 2012
  7. Chateau Musar 2008
  8. Chateau Musar White 2010

Next tasting – Friday 9th February

Chateau Musar

In February we welcome back Jane Sowter of legendary Lebanese producer Chateau Musar, who will be presenting a range of wines from their portfolio.

For more information:
Web: chateaumusar.com

Note that Members are required to confirm attendance at the next tasting and paying the tasting fee in advance. It will not be possible for guests to attend or for members to simply turn up on the night owing to space limitations.

What we tasted in January 2024

In January we welcomed Charlie Dall’Omo of San Martino Wine who presented an entertaining range of wines from their Italian portfolio.

For more information:
Web: sanmartinowine.co.uk
Email: ciao@sanmartinowine.co.uk
Tel: 0115 671 5804
Facebook: Sanmartinowine
Instragram: Sanmartinowine

The wines tasted were:

  1. Prestige Pignoletto Spumante Brut DOCG
  2. Ortrugo Frizzante DOC 2018
  3. Famoso ‘Serenaro’ IGT Rubicone Bianco
  4. Salamino di Santa Croce DOP ‘Alfredo Molinari’
  5. “A” Quevri Rubicone IGT Centesimino
  6. Riserva Romagna Sangiovese ‘Longiano’ DOC 2016
  7. ‘Felis Leo’ Colli Romagna Centrale Rosso DOC 2011
  8. L’appuntamento Malvasia Bianco Passito