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Tuscany with a Twist

by | Feb 2, 2019 | Richmond Wine Society, Teddington Wine Society | 0 comments

Thank you to everyone who braved the cold this week to kick off the Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies 2019 tastings. We had a fantastic turnout over the three nights.
Tuscany with a Twist was our theme, as we endeavoured to explore some of the lesser known facets of the region as well as celebrate some iconic estates.
No-one expected Sauvignon Blanc – but this was our fascinating first wine from the esteemed Fontodi estate, closely followed by a richly textured Vermentino from Poggio al Tesoro from Bolgheri on the West Coast – near the home of the fabled Supertuscan Sassicia.
Sangiovese then took the stage with a contrast between Rosso di Montalcino Poggio San Polo and Felsina Chianti Classico – both from the excellent 2016 vintage. Both demonstrated the quality of the grape and contrasting levels of approachability.
The Bordeaux blend Il Seggio 2015 from Poggio al Tesoro showed a new face of Tuscany with intense berry fruits and vibrant concentration.
We rounded off the evening with superb Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (RWS tasted Poggio San Polo’s, TWS tasted Cantina di Montalcino’s), and Felsina’s gloriously rich 2006 Vin Santo. A masterpiece of sweet wine making.
All the wines are available from me, they are listed on the Wines we have tasted page – you can download an order form from the website or contact me directly.

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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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