What we tasted in June 2022

In June we welcomed Jehu and Michlene Attias of Colombier Wines who presented an entertaining range of French wines from their portfolio..

For more information:
Web: colombiervinsfins.co.uk

  1. Cremant d’ Alsace, Bernard Haas & Fils, Côtes de Kayersberg, Alsace
  2. Menetou-Salon Blanc, Domaine Chavet et Fils, Loire, France 2015
  3. Pouilly Vinzelles Le Point du Jour, Pierre Ferraud, Burgundy, France 2019
  4. Meursault Les Tessons, Domian Michel Calllot, Burgundy, France 2018
  5. Sancerre Rouge, Domaine Tissier Rolland, Loire, France 2013
  6. Saint-Amour, Cuvée Ensorceleuse, Domaine Pierre Ferraud, Bourgogne, France 2018
  7. Chateau St. Hubert, Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, France 2015
  8. Vosne Romanee Aux Genaivieres, Côte de Nuits, France 2018

Next tasting – Friday 10th June

In June we welcome Colombier Wines who will be presenting an interesting range of French wines from their portfolio..

For more information:
Web: colombiervinsfins.co.uk

Note that Members are contacted by a member of the Committee each month to commit to attendance at the tasting. 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 2022

In May we welcomed Rory Benham of The Wine Treasury who presented an exciting range of wines from their South African portfolio. 

For more information:
Web: winetreasury.com Tel: 020 7793 9999

  1. La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  2. Leopards Leap Culinaria Chenin Blanc 2018
  3. Bets Quinta Essential Chenin Blanc 2017
  4. Leopards Leap Culinaria Pinot Noir 2018
  5. La Motte Millennium 2018
  6. La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
  7. La Motte Syrah 2014
  8. De Toren Z 2017

What we tasted in April 2022

In April we welcomed Charles Hawkins of Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies who presented an entertaining range of wines from their German portfolio.

For more information:
Web: abs.wine
Email: info@abs.wine
Address: 28 Recreation Ground Road Stamford PE9 1EW
Tel: 01780 755810

  1. Fürst Astheimer Chardonnay 2018 • Franconia
  2. Villa Wolf Wachenheim Riesling 2019 • Pfalz
  3. Dr Loosen Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett 2020 • Mosel
  4. Gunderloch Fritz Riesling QbA 2019 • Rheinhessen
  5. Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese 2014 • Nahe
  6. Karl Johner Pinot Noir 2018 • Baden
  7. Jean Stodden Spätburgunder 2020 • Ahr
  8. Schnaitmann Simonroth Lemberger Dry 2018 • Württemberg

Next tasting – Friday 8th April

German Wines with Charles Hawkins

In April we welcome Charles Hawkins of Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies who will be presenting a range of wines from their German portfolio.

Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies, six time winner of the coveted IWSC Wine Importer of the Year trophy, has been importing and sourcing distinct regional wines exclusively from key wine producing areas across the globe for the independent trade for over 30 years. ABS works with family run wineries to establish long term partnerships for distribution in the UK. 

This tasting will offer a chance to taste some high quality wines from Germany. It will be a timely opportunity to make comparisons and contrasts with the very different wines from Austria that we tasted last month. ABS Wines import an impressive selection of wines from 10 famous German winemakers with whom they have very close connections.

Charles Hawkins is a specialist in German wines and is passionate about them. It will be a pleasure to welcome him to Grand Union – his previous date with us was cancelled because of Covid. Charles will show 8 wines covering a range of grapes, styles, producers and areas. We will start with Chardonnay, an unusual grape for Germany, but a wine that has already been awarded 94 points from The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) website – a rare accolade. We will taste Rieslings in various styles, of course, but red wines will also be well represented: Pinot Noir, Spätburgunder (late-ripening Pinot Noir), and a rather special Lemberger (also known as Blaufränkisch). At least four of these wines have already been rated 90+. This promises to be another very interesting and enjoyable tasting. See you there!

John Malpass, Chairman

For more information:
Web: abs.wine
Email: info@abs.wine
Address: 28 Recreation Ground Road Stamford PE9 1EW
Tel: 01780 755810

What we tasted in March 2022

In March we welcomed back Lance Foyster MW of Clark Foyster who presented an excellent range of Austrian wines. It was great to see Lance in person after he presented to the society via Zoom last year.

For more information:
Web: clarkfoysterwines.co.uk

The following wines were tasted:

  1. Stadt Krems, Grüner Veltliner, Lössterrassen 2021
  2. Schloss Gobelsburg, Langenlois Grüner Veltliner Kamptal DAC p2020
  3. Rainer Wess, Wachauer Riesling 2016
  4. Gerard Pittnauer, Perfect Day, Burgenland 2020
  5. Feiler-Artinger, Zweigelt, Burgenland 2020
  6. Umathum, St Laurent Klassik 2019
  7. Prieler, Ried Johanneshöhe, Blaufrankisch 2018
  8. Helmut Lang, Goldmuskateller Eiswein 2019

What we tasted in February 2022

In February we welcomed back Tony Wellings of The Antipodean Sommellier, who presented a great range of wines from their New Zealand and Australia portfolio. 

For more information:
Web: taswines.co.uk
Email: sales@taswines.co.uk
Tel: 01733 238 942

The following wines were tasted:

  1. Awatere River Wine Co Ltd LV Brut “Methode Traditionelle” NV – Marlborough, NZ
  2. Two Rivers “Convergence” Sauvignon Blanc 2021 – Marlborough, NZ
  3. Silent Noise Fiano 2019  – McLaren Vale, AUS
  4. Silent Noise Cloudy but Fine Chardonnay 2020 – Adelaide Hills, AUS
  5. Two Rivers Isle of Beauty Rose 2021  – Marlborough, NZ
  6. Neck of the Woods Pinot Noir 2019 – Central Otago, NZ
  7. Silent Noise MF Grenache 2021  – McLaren Vale, AUS
  8. Sileny Noise Montepulciano 2021 – McLaren Vale, AUS

What we tasted in January 2022

In January we presented an interesting range of new wines from the Mentzendorff portfolio, and we thank Iain Phillips for his assistance in arranging the wines. We thank Robert McKinley, John Freeland & John Malpass for presenting the wines. 

For more information:
Web: mentzendorff.co.uk/producers/hambledon-vineyards
Web: www.mentzendorff.co.uk/producers/cartuxa
Web: mentzendorff.co.uk/producers/chateau-la-fleur-de-bouard

The following wines were tasted:

  1. Hambledon Classic Cuvee NV, English Sparkling Wine
  2. Geno Branco, Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, Alentejo 2020
  3. Cartuxa Foral de Evora Branco DOC Alentejo-Evora 2019
  4. Cartuxa Colheita Branco 2016, DOC Alentejo-Evora 2019
  5. Geno Tinto, Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, Alentejo 2019
  6. Cartuxa Foral de Evora Tinto, DOC Alentejo-Evora 2018
  7. Cartuxa Colheita Reserva Tinto, DOC Alentejo-Evora 2016
  8. Chateau La Fleur de Board, Lalande de Pomerol 2011

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

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

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.