January is normally very quiet in the wine world but 2015 is proving to be the exception! Looking at what is going on over the next 12 months I have barely paused for breath since Christmas. My brand new Cheese Course filled up in less than 48 hours, I have had a terrific response to the South America tours in November and the Umbria trips are incredibly popular. There are still places on these tours – get in touch if you would like to join us on these great trips!
I have also been out and about tasting the newly released 2013 Burgundy vintage. Hail was a major problem destroying many hectares of vines but despite that, some superb wines have been made. I tasted the range from Domaine Chanson and the whites were showing a rich minerality, while the reds showed delightful perfume, grace and approachability. The Santenay particularly stood out. Unfortunately the best of these wines have not yet been released onto the market, but I think it would be appropriate to remind ourselves of how lovely Burgundy wines – not just the most expensive ones – are at a tasting this year. Watch out for the full programme of events in the next few weeks.
Richmond Wine Society’s first events of the year have just been announced and we will be tasting wines from Tuscany and Central Italy on the 28th and 29th January. I look forward getting everyone back into the swing of wine appreciation soon!