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Online Wine Tastings
Since social distancing restrictions have been in place I kept my monthly tastings going by running online wine tastings. The response has been so phenomenal that even though Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies have started meeting again (with appropriate social distancing restrictions in place), I am continuing to record regular tastings, which you can watch at leaisure.
I record a video of me leading a tasting of several wines, and you can buy the case and follow along!
I provide the wines in both half and full bottle sizes, and you can mix and match according to how many people you might taste with, and over how many nights you want to follow the video.
All you need in addition to the wines is a couple of wine glasses per person, some water, a pen if you want to write up your impressions of the wine), and something to watch the tasting on! For some helpful ideas on holding a wine tasting at home download our short guide here.
I make cheese pairing suggestions (all from the Teddington Cheese) which you could have during the tasting, and recommendations for food recipes that you could use to finish up the bottles. For each tasting we’ve prepared a short background booklet with more information about the wines, and there’s a downloadable tasting sheet for anyone who wants to take notes.
Our next Online Wine Tasting is of Classics from the New World
Our fifth video tasting will be live on Tuesday 22nd September.
I will lead a guided tasting of wines from Chile, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia – available now in the shop. To ensure as many people as possible can experience these wines, I have secured a variety of bottle size options for the majority of the wines, and you can, of course, mix and match between bottle sizes to suit your own preferences.
There will also be an addition tasting of two fabulous wines from Klein Constantia in South Africa.
As Julia is now back at Uni, a new film director has been recruited, so look forward to some amazing angles and perfect panoramas.
More information will follow in the next couple of weeks.
Recent online wine tastings
Clicking on the title takes you to the blog I wrote about the tasting, which includes the dowloadable tasting sheet, and details of additional wines tasted.
Our Spanish Classics tasting included wines form Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Rueda and Catalonia.
French Classics – our June online wine tasting included Chablis, Sancerre, Champagne, Beaujolais, Bordeaux and Monbazillac.
Northern Italy – the subject of our May tastings, covering Soave, Gavi, Valpolicella, Friuli, Barolo and Asti.
Wines of New Zealand – a whistlestop tour of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah from across both Islands.
Order wines here
The tastings are definitely informal and fun, and educational – here’s some of the feedback I’ve received:
I thought you might like to know that 12 of us enjoyed a French wine tasting via Zoom using your YouTube video, wines and cheese recommendations. It worked very well, with natural pauses between each of the wines that you presented for drinking and chatting. Everyone was keen to do another one. “
“I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the NZ video. We watched it over three nights with my brother and his wife in the Midlands, and my daughter and husband in West London, plus three of us here.
What fun … really enjoyed the wines, we tasted the two Sauvignon Blancs the first night, two Pinots (blind as you suggested) a couple of nights later and kept the Chardonnay and Syrah till Sunday night. As zoom calls go it was right up there – you being in charge and a bit of structure worked wonders, plus a bonus was we loved the wines:) The Chardonnay was a revelation and I particularly liked the Syrah.”
Brian and Sue Tilley
” We really enjoyed yesterday evening. We watched the video which we enjoyed (with the wines) and congratulate Famille Syrad on its production. We then tasted en groupe which was also fun. Much debate on who preferred which of the Soaves. I loved the Gavi and the Pinot Grigio was much admired. As were both the reds in their different ways. We were only sorry that you failed to provide us with that wild boar ragu, because it needed it and, not having the cheeses, we were getting peckish by this time.”
Michael and Philippa Seymour, Streatley
“The Northern Italy tasting was great fun as an experience and of course for the choice of wines (doing half bottles was inspired – as it makes it manageable). We split the tastings over two weekly sessions – which also worked perfectly. Cheese pairing were improvised and managing the technology added some amusement – but all in all a great success.”
“Thank you for making possible two really great evenings. As you know, we both bought a case of half bottles for your latest tasting, North Italy. We drank the whites last Friday and the reds and Moscato yesterday evening, linking up over WhatsApp. The wines were excellent, as were the supporting notes and video and we had a brilliant time. And had the leftovers to enjoy afterwards – I’m hoping to drink the other half of that glorious Barolo with a wild boar pie tonight if the delivery works. I’d say it was definitely the best time I’ve had since lock down started!”
About the host
Tim Syrad has over 25 years experience entertaining and informing people about wine, and is a member of the Association of Wine Educators. He also runs the Richmond, Teddington and Surbiton Wine Societies, occasional wine courses, corporate events and wine tours. He is a fervent advocate that wine tasting should be fun, celebrating the enjoyment that wine brings, whether in discovering a new wine variety or region, or perceiving a new aroma or taste, or identifying a fascinating match between wine and food.
Meet Tim Syrad