Virtual Tasting - The Grape Escape (Part 1)
Over the last 12 months, we have travelled far and wide in our wine journey. Countries from Italy and France to South Africa and Australia we have visited, “virtually”.
Along the way we have sampled many different grape varieties, but a few have proved elusive and slipped through our net, whilst others we have sampled perhaps slightly out of context.
So, over the next EIGHT WEEKS (divided into 2 x 4-week events) we will put that right with our “The Grape Escape” series of wine tastings.
Over these tastings, we will focus on the grape variety rather than the country, although obviously, we will still discuss where the particular wine is made.
Not all of these varieties are obscure, far from it, with both Pinot Grigio and Merlot featuring in our first four-week group.
The Grape Escape Part 1
Wednesday 19th May – Torrontes and Tannat
Torrontes is “the other” signature grape of Argentina, grown in the high Andes its an intensely aromatic variety, exclusively from Argentina. Tannat is originally from SW France where it makes fiercely tannic wines in places such as Madiran. Our example is from Argentina where it displays its fruity character alongside its naturally high tannin.
- Colome Salta Torrontes 2020 (Argentina) - Retail Price £12.99
- Amauta Absoluto Tannat 2019 (Argentina) – Retail Price £10.99
Wednesday 26th May – Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc is forever in the shadow of its “Big Brother” – Cabernet Sauvignon but can make great wine in its own right. It’s the grape behind the light, red-fruit and herbaceous red wines of the Loire in France and in warmer climates makes wines of real depth. Here we can compare the two styles; a classic Loire wine from Saumur AC and a much fuller style from Uruguay.
- Langlois Chateau Saumur AC 2018 (France) – Retail Price £13.99
- Bodega Garzon Cabernet Franc 2018 (Uruguay) – Retail Price £17.99
Wednesday 2nd June – Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris
Pinot Grigio, especially from NE Italy is a phenomenally successful wine style in the UK, delivering light-bodied, apple and citrus flavoured wines with high acidity. However, exactly the same grape grown in the very different climate in Alsace (Eastern France) produces very different wines under its French name; Pinot Gris. Full-bodied wines with intense stone fruit and honey flavours, which will you prefer?
- Bottega Vinai Pinot Grigio, Trentino DOC 2019 (Italy) – Retail Price £10.99
- Cave de Turckheim Reserva Pinot Gris, Alsace AC 2019 (France) – Retail Price £11.65
Wednesday 9th June – Merlot
Somehow, we’ve managed to go through about 50 “virtual” tasting events without really tasting any Merlot. As one of the most widely recognised grapes in the world this doesn’t seem right, so tonight we sample two very different examples.
Bordeaux is the ancestral home of Merlot, so naturally we head there first. Our example is a blend of Merlot and its regular partner; Cabernet Sauvignon, from the great 2015 vintage.
The country that perhaps has taken to Merlot more than any other is Chile. So, our second example is from a top Chilean bodega.
- Chateau Carcanieux Cru Bourgeois Medoc AC 2015 – Retail Price £16.99
- Nostros Gran Reserva Merlot 2019 - Retail Price £12.99
The course costs just £60 per screen., delivered via “Zoom” with the wines supplied separately (see below).
With relaxed social distancing rules perhaps invite your friends for an “al fresco” tasting experience in the garden.
The wines are available from our friendly local wine merchant, Momentum Wines of Oswestry for £120.00 including delivery (we do not sell wine).
Part two of our grape escape season starts on Wednesday 16th June, click here for details.
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Course Date/Time: Wed 19th May 2021 at 7.30pm
Duration: 4 x 1 Hr
Venue: Online Via Zoom (Link sent by email)