What we tasted in December 2021

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.

For more information:
Web: duncanmurraywines.co.uk
Email: info@duncanmurraywines.co.uk
Tel: 01858 464935
Facebook: Duncan Murray Wines
Twitter: @DMURRAYWINES

The following wines were tasted:

  1. Duffour Gascogne Blanc 2020
    Grapes: 80% Colombard, 10% Gros Manseng, 10% Sauv. & Ugni Blanc
    Region: Gascony, SW. France
  2. Granite Post Blanco 2016
    Grape: Albarino
    Region: Rias Baixas, NW Spain
  3. Gewurztraminer Gr. Cru Hatschbourg 2018 Cattin
    Grape: Gewurztraminer
    Region: Alsace, NE France
  4. Bourgogne Rouge Manor du Carra 2020
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    Region: Beaujolais, E. France
  5. Herdade Sao Miguel Tinto 2019
    Grapes: Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional, Cab. Sauv. Syrah
    Region: Alentejo, SE Portugal
  6. Quinta do Portal Mural Tinto 2019
    Grapes: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional
    Region: Douro, N. Portugal
  7. Syn Rouge Sparkling n.v.
    Grape: Shiraz
    Region: Coonawarra, S. Australia
  8. Favre Sauvignon Moelleux 2015
    Grape: Sauvignon
    Region: Valais, Switzerland

Next tasting – Friday 10th December

In December we welcome Duncan Murray of Duncan Murray Wines, Market Harborough for our festive Christmas tasting.

For more information:
Web: duncanmurraywines.co.uk
Email: info@duncanmurraywines.co.uk
Tel: 01858 464935
Facebook: Duncan Murray Wines
Twitter: @DMURRAYWINES

Please note:

  • The number of attendees will be restricted, so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. 
  • New members are welcome on payment of the £15 annual subscription in advance of the tasting along with the tasting fee.
  • There will be no supper nor supper wines provided. Members are welcome to bring their own food and implements and all items brought must be removed.
  • Members are expected to have been fully vaccinated, please consider whether you should attend if this is not the case.
  • Members must not attend if they are experiencing COVID symptoms
  • The meeting room will have increased ventilation via opened doors and windows
  • Members are asked to wear face masks when not seated unless exempt
  • Surfaces will be sanitised before entry. Members are asked to use the hand sanitizer provided on entry
  • Members are asked to avoid crowding on check-in and on exit
  • Spittoons will not be provided, please bring an empty plastic bottle if you need one

Note that this is a “Members Only” which must be paid for in advance. Unfortunately, it is not possible for members to simply turn up on the night.

What we tasted in November 2021

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.

For more information:
Address: 32 Nottingham Road, Hucknall, Nottingham, NG15 7QE
Tel: (+)44 (0)115 9529387    
Email: sales@leonstolarskiwines.co.uk
Web: leonstolarskiwines.co.uk

The following wines were tasted:

  1. Domaine de Montesquiou l’Estela 2019 Jurançon Sec
  2. Domaine Fortuné Éole 2019 Languedoc
  3. Domaine Piétri-Géraud Blanc l’Écume 2020 Collioure
  4. Terre des Chardons Chardon Masqué 2020 Costières de Nîmes
  5. Domaine Fortuné Jadis 2017 Languedoc Sommières
  6. Mas Coutelou l’Oublié 2018 Edition Vin de France
  7. Domaine de Ravanès Les Gravières de Taurou 2014 Coteaux de Murviel
  8. Domaine de Montesquiou Vendanges Tardives 2017 Jurançon

What we tasted in October 2021


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.

The wines tasted were:

  1. Filos Klet Brda Krasno 2020 (Sauvignon Blanc / Ribolla Gialla), Slovenia
  2. Tbilvino Qvevris 2020 (Rkasiteli), Georgia
  3. Dveri Pax Sipon 2018 (Furmint), Slovenia
  4. Bononia Estate Gomotartzi 2019 (Kadarka/Gamza), Bulgaria
  5. Vinkara Warehouse Öküzgözü 2018 (Öküzgözü), Turkey
  6. Heumann Kékfrankos Reserve 2016 (Kékfrankos), Hungary
  7. Chateau Ksara Old Vine Carignan 2018, (Carignan), Lebanon
  8. Chateau Purcari Negru de Purcari 2019 (Cabernet Sauvignon), Saperavi – Rara Neagra, Moldova
  9. Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos Aszú 2013 (Furmint) Harslevelu, Hungary

What we tasted in September 2021

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Durif, The Voyage 2020, Victoria, Australia  (Boutinot)
    Decanter 91 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.

What we tasted in August 2021

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:

  1. L’Extra Langlois Cremant De Loire
  2. Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Gris
  3. Definition Rioja Reserva £11.99

Many thanks to Roland Moss, Chris Lewis and Andrew Wetherby for choosing and presenting the wines.

What we tasted in July 2021

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.

For more information:
Web: condorwines.co.uk
Facebook: Condor Wines

The wines tasted were:

  1. Bodegones del Sur Vineyard Select Albarino 2020 (Uruguay) 
  2. Los Haroldos Reserve  Malbec 2018 (Argentina) 
  3. Toro di Piedra Gran Reserve Carignan 2017 (Chile) 

What we tasted in June 2021

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.

For more information:
Web: chateaumusar.com

The wines tasted were:

  1. Musar Jeune White 2019
  2. Musar Jeune Rosé 2019
  3. Hochar Père et Fils Red 2017
  4. Chateau Musar 2014

Next tasting – Friday 11th June

Chateau Musar

In June we welcome back Jane Sowter of Chateau Musar, presenting a range of wines from the premium Lebanese producer.

For more information:
Web: chateaumusar.com

Note: This tasting will be presented via Zoom. Members are contacted prior to each tasting to order any wines they wish to try. 

What we tasted in May 2021

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.

For more information:
Web: thewinesociety.com

The wines tasted were:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.