In our March tasting by Zoom we are focusing on two of the very best winemakers in New Zealand – Kevin Judd of Greywacke, and Warren Gibson of Trinity Hill.
Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc has just been judged one of the top four from NZ in the April edition of Decanter. We will also enjoy opulent Pinot Gris and vibrant Riesling demonstrating that Marlborough is far from a one trick Sauvignon Blanc pony.
Warren Gibson has made wine for Trinity Hill in Hawkes Bay since 1997. His top red is the £80.00 Homage Syrah, drinking brilliantly especially with a bit of decanting, while ‘The Trinity’ is a Merlot-dominant blend that is supplemented by Tempranillo, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Syrah from various vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels.
Both estates produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of the highest standard, so we are in for a night of fabulous wines.
Wines will be supplied in 50ml glass bottles, providing a perfect tasting amount. The bottles have screwcaps so will be in perfect condition for the tasting.
Wines will be decanted and delivered on the morning or day before the tasting to addresses within a radius of 5 miles around Teddington.
Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, runs Richmond Wine Society, which meets at the Britannia Pub in Brewers Lane. Tim is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy. Tim also runs the monthly Teddington Wine Society and hosts fine wine tastings and dinners in local restaurants.
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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.”