In December welcomed Duncan Murray of Duncan Murray Wines of Market Harborough to St James the Greater for a tasting of festive wines. We had a fantastic evening and thank Duncan for his energetic presentation.
In November we welcomed Leon Stolarski of Leon Stolarski Wines to St James the Greater for a tasting of wines from Southern France. We had a fascinating tour of a selection of Leon’s wines which made for a great evening.
In October we returned to St James the Greater church hall for a members tasting, our first in person tasting since March 2020. We were treated to a tasting of wines from Eastern Europe and beyond. Many thanks to Julian Osborne, Tim Edwards, Isabel Crump, Bernard Crump, John Freeland and John Malpass for presenting the wines.
In September we were treated to a tasting of Unusual Grapes and Wines presented by John Freeland and John Malpass. Thank you for the informative and entertaining tasting.
The wines tasted were:
Filos Estate, Aspri Petra Single Vineyard Assyrtiko, Macedonia, Greece 2020 Decanter: 91 points – ‘an absolute bargain – snap it up while you can’ Crisp and dry, great flavour with a mineral character. Great with food.
Left Coast Estate white Pinot Noir 2019, Willamette Valley, Oregon Wine Enthusiast 92 pts; Wine.com 91 pts. ‘If you’ve not yet tried a white Pinot from Oregon, here’s a great opportunity.’ Brilliant and good value.Needed time to reveal itself though.Fairly dry,rich mellow flavour. Good length and a nice drinker – food enhances it.
Baron Amarillo Monastrell 2018, Edicion Limitada, Valencia, Spain Decanter 91 pts. ‘A great example of the grape for a snip of a price’ Rich and fruity nose, becoming plummy/jammy with nice tannins and improving depth the longer you have it in the glass.
Durif, The Voyage 2020, Victoria, Australia (Boutinot) Decanter91 pts. This Durif, from Boutinot, is a revelation. Delicious! Deep purple with a big rich nose from the off. Nice tannins and some great jamminess.
Many thanks for a fantastic turn out to our AGM and to Margaret and Ian Connor for arranging our member’s tasting. Three varied and entertaining presentations over Zoom gave us a wonderful opportunity to try some interesting wines.
The wines tasted were:
L’Extra Langlois Cremant De Loire
Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Gris
Definition Rioja Reserva £11.99
Many thanks to Roland Moss, Chris Lewis and Andrew Wetherby for choosing and presenting the wines.
In July we welcomed back Condor Wines, and on this occasion we were joined by Regional Sales manager Aaron Irons, presenting wines from their South American portfolio. We thank Aaron for a very enjoyable tasting and the wines showed very well.
In June we welcomed back Jane Sowter of Chateau Musar, with a tasting of four wines from their portfolio. The presentation was full of stories of what has been going on in the last two years in the Lebanon, and the difficulties they’ve had due to COVID-19, the massive explosion at the port of Beirut, and difficulties in shipping. Throughout all of this, business continues and a big thank you to Jane for her continuing support.
In May we held a tasting hosted by members of our committee, with wines in half-bottle sourced from a fantastic range from The Wine Society. A big thank you to the presenters and thanks to our members for your continuing support.
Casa Ferreirinha Planalto Reserva 2019 (Tim Hobbs) Straw coloured, lemon, mineral and stone fruit nose, fairly dry. A pleasant drinker with decent length and fair value for £4.50. Multiple Portuguese grape varieties lead by Malvasia. Food suggestions are Octopus, shellfish, pork or chicken.
Soave Classico Pieropan 2019 (Julian Osborne) Pale yellow, dry mineral nose. Crisp, dry, nicely acidic. Touch of grapefruit, with nice length and body. A well made quality wine which goes well with seafood, creamy risotto, and antipasti.
Jurancon Sec, Chant des Vignes, Domaine Cauhape 2019 (John Freeland) Pale apricot, with a shy nose initially. Admirably fruity Pyrenean white. Exhilarating and fresh, with flashes of grapefruit and pineapple. Plenty body and length which finished dryer. A well made wine from a sometimes overlooked area noted for sweet wines.
Chinon, Temps des Cerises, Dom de la Noblaie 2019 (Tim Edwards) Deep purple and quite dense, shy nose which initially comes over dry and fruity later. Fairly dry, nicely acidic with good tannins and a herby character which becomes dryer to the finish. Good body and length, hints of dark cherries. Would go well with sausage, beef and cheese. Well priced for an organic hand harvested quality wine.
Corbieres Rouge Dom du Trillol 2016 (John Malpass) Purple red, an obvious nose of dark rich fruits, with spicy tannins. Goes well with meats, duck and cheese.
Bleasdale Bremerview, Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2018 (Margaret Connor) Pure and vibrant Australian shiraz. Blackberry, vanilla and plums on the nose, with a twist of pepper and great concentration. Ripe tannins fall into place with the long, fruity finish.