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Loire Valley lights up

by | May 28, 2015 | Richmond Wine Society | 0 comments

Top night at Richmond Wine Society as we focused on the depth and breadth of the Loire Valley.

For many this region has become synonymous with everyday quaffing winLoire chateau and vineses and a few expensive Sancerres.  But we discovered a whole new world of top class Muscadet, the diversity of Chenin Blanc and just how good Cabernet Franc can be.  We took a tour from West to East, tasting a delicious Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie, which was great value at £9.  Anjou Saumur was our next stop where we discovered a bone dry white from Savennieres, and the deliciously rounded reds from Saumur Champigny.  Continuing East Touraine delivered a really fresh zingy Sauvignon Blanc and the dry whites culminated in the most exquisite Sancerre from Vincent Pinard with tropical fruit and an unusual creaminess (due to some unusual oak).  The evening rounded off nicely with a Coteaux du Layon Moelleux which eminently showed the capability of Chenin Blanc to perform at a very high level.

All the wines are available in the Shop, at a discounted price until 24th June.

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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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