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2015 – A busy year ahead

by | Jan 16, 2015 | General, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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!


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“Throughout the 17 years I have attended Tim’s wine tasting events, he has continued to deliver his extensive knowledge of wine and wine-making with great charm, and lots of humour, making the evenings not only informative, but also great fun. In the course of an average year, the tastings cover a kaleidoscope of different wine themes – interesting and entertaining for all, novices and experts alike. And the wines taste pretty good too!”

“We have been going to Teddington Wine Society events for a number of years. Tim runs the evenings with bonhomie and humour and wears his considerable knowledge lightly. The evenings are great fun, the wines are always a little bit different and help to expand knowledge and tasting horizons.”

“I have attended the Richmond Wine society for over ten years and always enjoyed Tim’s self-effacing style and gentle humour. His knowledge is globally eclectic and presented in a clear, interesting and always stimulating way. Every guest I have taken there has enjoyed the evening immensely. Tim also offers a wide range of wines to buy and my red cellar has provided great pleasure to my own dinner guests.”

“I’ve been enjoying Tim’s tastings for over 20 years – he is a great teacher, raconteur and wine expert. He is seriously passionate about his wine, but there is nothing serious about his tastings, which are always informal and relaxed. A lovely way to spend an evening and enjoy some fantastic wines.”

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