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Our Christmas Extravaganzas took place, despite lockdown

by | Dec 7, 2020 | Richmond Wine Society, Teddington Wine Society

Both Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies Christmas tastings were conducted via Zoom and three terrific nights of fantastic wines were had by all!

A massive logistical exercise was required, involving literally hundreds of 5cl bottles, into which were decanted the  wines to be tasted, which were then delivered to the doorstep just hours before the tasting, which I hosted by Zoom.  Over a hundred and twenty people attended across the three nights, and the feedback has been fantastic.

We tasted through an eclectic selection covering France, New Zealand, Spain, Australia, USA and Portugal.  Stars of the show at Teddington included the Kilikanoon Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre blend from Clare Valley, which was rich, smooth, and stunning value, and the Domaine Sautereau Sancerre 2019 – a ripe, vibrant Sauvignon Blanc that got us in the mood for smoked salmon.  At Richmond the Shays Flat Shiraz from Domaine Tournon in Victoria was stunning, and the white Hermitage from Chapoutier (made only from Roussanne grapes), in Magnum, were fabulous.  

At both the Taylors 1968 (at Teddington), and 1979 (at Richmond) were superb examples of what very old (and very expensive) Port wines become – elegant, smooth, spicy and very long lasting.

The undisputed winner of fantastic value for money at all the tastings was the Monbazillac Ancienne Cure, a glorious sweetie, offering the flavour and texture of a great Sauternes at a fraction of the price.

All the wines are listed in the wines we have tasted page.

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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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