2020

Classic France online tasting – June 2020

A super lineup of wines that demonstrate France’s diversity and value for money.

Sancerre 2018 Domaine Sautereau               £19.00/75cl bottle,   £11.50/37.5cl bottle
Chablis 2018 Sebastien Dampt                       £19.50/75cl bottle,   £10.50/37.5cl bottle
Champagne Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale     £30.00/75cl bottle,    £16.50/37.5cl bottle
Fleurie Vieilles Vignes 2018 Gry-Sablon         £15.00/75cl bottle,    £9.00/37.5cl bottle
Chateau Le Pey 2015 Bordeaux                      £15.00/75cl bottle,   £9.00/37.5cl bottle
Monbazillac 2017 Ancienne Cure (37.5cl)       £9.50/73.5cl bottle,

Chablis 2014 Vieilles Vignes Daniel Defaix                      £25.00/75cl bottle
Chablis 1er Cru 2005 Les Lys Daniel Defaix                    £35.00/75cl bottle
Chablis 1er Cru 2005 Cote de Lechet Daniel Defaix        £35.00/75cl bottle

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Northern Italian online tasting – May 2020

Our second online tasting, of seven fantastic wines from Piedmont, the Veneto and Friuli, plus three Valpolicellas demonstrating the breadth of styles of this great wine.

Soave Classico Monteforte 75cl : 2019                    £8.00
Soave Classico Monteforte 37.5cl : 2018                 £4.75

Soave Classico Pieropan 75cl: 2019                       £15.00
Soave Classico Pieropan 37.5cl : 2018                    £8.50

Gavi di Gavi Lugarara 75cl: 2019                            £16.00
Gavi di Gavi Lugarara 37.5cl: 2018                          £9.00

Pinot Grigio Livio Felluga 75cl: 2018                       £25.00
Pinot Grigio Livio Felluga 37.5cl: 2018                    £13.50

Valpolicella Torre del Falasco 75cl: 2018                 £11.50
Valpolicella Torre del Falasco 37.5cl: 2018              £6.75

Barolo Massolino 75cl: 2015                                    £40.00
Barolo Massolino 37.5cl: 2016                                 £21.00

Moscato d’Asti Vajra 75 cl: 2019                              £15.00
Moscato d’Asti Vajra 37.5cl: 2019                             £8.00

Valpolicella Allegrini 75 cl 2018                               £13.00
Valpolicella Ripasso 2018 Corte Giara 75cl            £16.00
Valpolicella Amarone 2016 Cortegiara 75cl            £30.00

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New Zealand online tasting – April 2020

As we were not able to meet due to social distancing restrictions, I recorded a video of my conducting a tasting of New Zealand wines.   The wines I used were:

South Island Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Marlborough £8.50/bottle
Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Marlborough £16/bottle
Trinity Hill Chardonnay  2016, Hawkes Bay £15/bottle
Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2017, Martinborough £23.50/bottle
Wild Earth Pinot Noir 2017, Central Otago £21/bottle
Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2017, Hawkes Bay £21/bottle

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Portugal Revisited tastings at Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies – February 2020

Vinho Verde Reserva 2018 (Loueiro/Alvarinho), Quinta do Azavedo, Minho £10
Douro Branco 2017 (Rabigato/Viosinho/Arinto/Códega/Moscatel), Papa Figos, Casa Ferreinha, Douro Valley £11
Ilha do Pico 2018 (Arinto/Terrantez/Verdelho), Frei Gigante, Azores £24
Vinho Branco Reserva 2013 (Verdelho/Encruzado), Quinta dos Carvalhais, Dão £24
Ai Galera Poetico 2018 (Castelão/Alicante Bouschet/Graciano), Vinho Regional Tejo £8.50
Lagar de Baixo 2015, (Baga) Niepoort, Bairrada £25
Tinto 2016 (Touriga Nacional/Touriga Franca/Tinta Roriz/Sousão/others), Quinta de la Rosa, Douro Valley, £20
Tinta Francisca 2014, Casa Ferreinha, Douro Valley, £70
Traditional Late Bottled Vintage Port 2013, Quinta do Infantado, £19.50

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Parker Points Fine Wine Tasting Dinner at Bacco – February 2020

Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2016 Cullen Vineyard (Margaret River) £22 (92 points)
Chablis 1er Cru 2005 Defaix Cote de Lechet £38 (93 points)
Pinot Nero 2016 Schweizer Franz Haas (Alto Adige) £40  (93+ points)
Pinot Noir 2014 Arenaria Clos des Fous (Aconcagua Costa) £33 (94 points)
Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Privata Isole e Olena (Tuscany) £60 (92 points)
Cabernet Sauvignon Mentor 2013 Lehmann (Barossa Valley) £23 (92 points)
Shiraz 2010 Attunga 1865 Kilikanoon (Clare Valley) £100 (97 points)
Syrah 2014 SC Pannell (Adelaide Hills) £25 (91 points)
Syrah 2015 Collezione Privata Isole e Olena (Tuscany) £45  (94 points)
Côte Rôtie Brune 2016 Domaine Barge £55 (93-95 points)
Fontalloro 2015 Felsina (Tuscany) £45 (97 points)
Fontalloro 2016 Felsina (Tuscany) £45 (98+ points)

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Australia tastings at Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies – January 2020

Riesling 2019 Polish Hill, Jeffrey Grosset, Clare Valley, SA £30
Chardonnay 2018, Giant Steps, Yarra Valley, Vic  £20
CBD Blend 2016 Chenin Blanc, LAS Vino, Margaret River, WA £30
Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2016, Berton Vineyards, Coonawarra, SA £13
Shiraz 2017 Jester, Mitolo Vineyards, Mclaren Vale, SA £15
Pinot Noir 2017, Sextons Vineyard, Giant Steps, Yarra Valley, Vic £30
Plexus 2016 GSM Blend, John Duval, Barossa Valley, SA £25

Over the three nights I presented some different wines, which I had very limited quantities of:

The Last Straw 2015 Marsanne, Turkey Flat, Barossa Valley
The Ancestor Shiraz 2016 Turkey Flat, Barossa Valley
Sparkling Shiraz NV Turkey Flat, Barossa Valley

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2019

Christmas tastings at Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies

JCB No 47 NV Sparkling, Maharashtra, India £30/bottle
Riesling Grand Cru Rosacker 2018, Caves Hunawihr, Alsace £20
Chardonnay 2015 Journeyman,  Russian River, California £50
Rioja Gran Reserva 2012, El Coto de Imaz, DOCa Rioja £22
Balasto 2015, Bodegas Garzon, Uruguay £95 (no longer available)
Pedro Ximenez 30 YO, Legacy of the Barossa, Dandelion Vineyards, Barossa £17.50 per half
Late Harvest Garnaxta, Clos Montblanc, Cataluña, Spain £14 per half

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Late October at Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies – The Wines of Austria and Hungary

Harslevlu 2014, Megyer, Tokaji
Keknyelo 2006, Badacsonyi, Szeremley
‘100% Balaton’ (Olaszrizling, Tramini/Szurkebarat/Pinot Blanc), Homola Pinceszet, Balaton
Furmint 2009, Lenkey Pinceszet, Tokaji
Riesling 2017, Federspiel Burgstall, FX Pichler, Wachau
Riesling 2016, Erste Lage Steinmassl, Loimer, Kamptal
Grüner Veltliner 2017, Smaragd Loibner Steinertal, FX Pichler, Wachau
Riesling M Reserve 2013, FX Pichler, Wachau
Kadarka 2016, Bonsai Vida Estate, Szekszard
Kekfrankos 2015, Homola Pinceszet, Balaton
Pinot Noir 2016,  Weininger, Wien
Egri Bakaver 2013 (Kekfrankos/Kardarka), Gal Bivor, Eger
Tokaji 2014 5 Puttonyos, Megyer

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Early October at Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies – Medal and Trophy Winners

Pinot Grigio 2018, Terrapieno, Alpha Zeto, Veneto, Italy  £11.50
Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Tinpot Hut, Marlborough, NZ  £13.50
Papa Figos 2017, Casa Ferreirinha, Douro Valley, Portugal  £11.00
Pinot Noir 2016, Wild Earth, Central Otago, NZ  £22.50
Cabernet Franc 2017, Gasper, Goriska Brda, Slovenia £37.00
Rioja Gran Reserva 2012, Coto de Iaz, DOCa Rioja £22.50
Ben Rye 2016, Passito di Pantelleria, Donnafugata, Sicily  NA
Classic Liqueur Topaque NV, Morris of Rutherlgen, Victoria, Australia £26.00/50cl

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July at Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies – Loire Valley

Vouvray Brut Sparkling NV Moncontour £16
Savennieres 2016 La Bigottiere, Domaine Richou £35
La Voute 2017 Touraine Chenonceaux £17
Pouilly Fume 2018 Jean-Pierre Bailly £19.50
Sancerre 2018 Hubert Brochard £19
Sancerre 2016 Galinot Domaine Gitton £50
Chinon  2018 Ch Coudray Montpensier £13
Clau de Nell 2016 AOC Anjou £32

Quaffing white wines
Chenin Blanc 2018 Wally £9
Vouvray Sec 2018 Moncontour £14

Quaffing red wine
Touraine Rouge 2017 Brossette £14

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May/June at Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies – Argentina

Torrontes/Riesling 2018, Bodega Amalaya Salta,  12.5%   £11
Torrontes 2017, Bodega Colomé, Cafayate 13.5% £12
Sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot Noir, Bodega Santa Ana, Mendoza 12%
Signature White Blend 2016, Susan Balbo, Mendoza 13.5%
Chenin Blanc 2018 unflitered ‘JiJiJi’, Bodega Gen del Alma, Uco Valley 12% £16
Chardonnay 2016 Dedicado, Finca Flinchman, Tupungato Valley 13% £18
Malbec/Bonarda/Petit Verdot 2017, Kaiken Vistaflores, Uco Valley 14% £10
Malbec 2018 Barrancas, Mendoza 13.5% £9
Trousseau Joven 2017 Nouveau, Bodegas Miras, Patagonia 13.5% £16
Cabernet Franc 2014 Obertura, Kaiken Vineyards, Uco Valley 14.5% £27.50
Mai Malbec 2014, Kaiken Vineyards, Mendoza 14.5% £40
Malbec 2015 Altura Maxima, Bodega Colomé 14.5% £90

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April at Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies – Modern Germany

Weissburgunder 2017 Andreas Bender Mosel 12%
Gewurztraminer 2017 Weingut Julg Pfalz 12.5%
Riesling Trocken 2014 Schlieferkopf Baden  14%
Riesling Kabinett Trocken Lieser Schloss Berg The Purist 2017  Axel Pauly  Mosel 11%
Riesling Trocken Abtsberg Grosses Gewachs 2016 Maximin Grunhauser Ruwer Mosel 12%
Trollinger Trocken Alte Reben 2016 Aldinger Wurttemberg    13%
Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) 2016 Wolfgang Furst Franken 11%
Dornfelder 2016 Louis Guntrum Rhinehessen 10.5%
Riesling Auslese Geysersberg 2015 Dreissigacker Bechtheimer Rheinhessen  8.5%

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April Fine Wine Tasting & Dinner at Le Salon Privé – Left Bank Bordeaux

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Entre Deux Mers 2018 Château Fontenille (on arrival)
Pavillon La Tourelle 2016 AOC Medoc
Château Fourcas Borie 2012 AOC Listrac-Medoc
Château Duplessis 2010 AOC Moulis-en-Medoc
Chapelle de Potensac 2010 AOC Medoc
Prestige de Calvet 2017 AOC Bordeaux (with chicken liver parfait)
Château Le Crock 2011 AOC St Estephe Cru Bourgeois
M de Moulin Riche 2013 AOC St Julien
Château Moulin Riche 2013 AOC St Julien
Baron de Brane 2011 AOC Margaux
Château Batailley 2009 5eme Grand Cru Classé AOC Pauillac
Château Larose-Trintaudon 2014 AOC Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois (with with Daube de Boeuf)
Chateau Citran 2005 AOC Haut Medoc (with Comté cheese)
Chateau Laville 2015 AOC Sauternes  (with Tarte Tatin)

March at Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies – Rioja vs Ribera del Duero

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Verdejo 2017  Flor de Vetus  DO Rueda 12.5%
Rioja Blanco 2017  Vina Izadi  DOCa Rioja 13.5%
Rioja Crianza 2015  Bodegas Lan  DOCa Rioja 13.5%
Rioja Reserva 2012 Bodegas Lan DOCa Rioja 13.5%
Rioja Gran Reserva 2010 Bodegas Lan DOCa Rioja 13.5%
Pruno 2016  Finca Villacreces  DO Ribera del Duero 13.5%
Ribera del Duero 2015 Finca Villacreces DO Ribera del Duero 14%
Corimbo I 2013 Reserva  Bodegas La Horra  DO Ribera del Duero   14%
Roda I Rioja Reserva Bodegas Roda DOCa Rioja 14% – 2004 tasted at RWS, 2007 at TWS

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February Fine Wine Tasting & Dinner at Bacco  – Giro d’Italia

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Soave La Rocca Pieropan 2015   £30
Franz Haas Manna 2016 Alto Adige    £30
Livio Felluga Terre Alte 2016 Isonzo   £60
Vie di Romans Chardonnay 2016 Mariano     £35
Vigna Alfiero 2010 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Valdipiatta     £39
Mille e Una Notte 2015 Donnafugata    £65
Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Gran Sel ‘Colonia’ 2009   £85
Franz Haas Moscato Rosa ‘Schweizer’ 37.5cl 2015     £31
L*****Franc 2013 Sperino    £75

February at Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies – Fine wines of Gallo

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MacMurray Pinot Gris 2016  Russian River 14.5%
Columbia Winery Chardonnay 2016 Washington State 13.8%
Frei Brothers  Chardonnay 2016  Sonoma County 14%
MacMurray  Pinot Noir 2015 Central Coast 14%
MacMurray Pinot Noir 2015 Russian River  14%
Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Sonoma County 14%
Orin Swift Abstract 2016 Northern California Blend 15.5%
Orin Swift Papillon 2016 Napa Valley 15.5%

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February Fine Wine Tasting & Dinner at Le Salon Privé – Sherry and Madeira

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Palomino 2017 Ojo de Gallo (table wine)
Macharnudo Alto, DO Tierra de la Cadiz   £14.00 – available from me

Sherries

Manzanilla La Gitana
Bodegas Hidalgo £12.50 – widely available

Fino Inocente
Bodegas Valdespino £16 – widely available

Amontillado Tio Diego
Bodegas Valdespino £17 – widely available

Oloroso Dry
Lustau £11.99 in Waitrose

Palo Cortado Wellington VOS
Bodegas Hidalgo £24/50cl bottle – widely available

Oloroso Solera 1842 VOS
Bodegas Valespino £35 – widely available

Cream Tomas Abad
Lustau £11.99 in Waitrose

Pedro Ximinez El Candado
Bodegas Valdepsino  £12/37.5cl –  available from me!  Give me a call!

Madeiras

Sercial 10YO
Verdelho 10YO
Boal 10YO
Mavasia 10YO
All Henriques & Henriques, all £20/50cl, widely available

 

January at Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies: TUSCANY WITH A TWIST.

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White Wines
Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Meriggio Fontodi £19.50
Vermentino 2015 Pagus Camilla Poggio Al Tesoro £45.00

The highlights of the tastings were the next three:
Rosso di Montalcino 2016 Poggio San Polo £20.00
Chianti Classico 2016 Felsina £19.00
Il Seggio 2015 Poggio al Tesoro @ £24.00

Quaffing Wines:
Garganega/Trebbiano 2018 Ponte Pietra £7.50
Chianti 2016 Mediceo £9.00

The Final Two
Brunello di Montalcino 2012 Poggio San Polo £45.00 (at Richmond)
Brunello di Montalcino 2012 Cantine di Montalcino £35.00 (at Teddington)
Vin Santo 2006 Felsina £27.50 per half bottle

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