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Sauternes, Spatlese, Ice wine, Tokaji and other noble rot wines

  • Jan 10, 2014 · 8:00 PM
  • Anne's place

Château d'Yquem of Sauternes and Tokaji Aszú of Tokaj-Hegyalja in Hungary, are made from mouldy grapes, but not just any mould - Botrytis cinerea sucks water out of the grape whilst imparting new flavours of honey and apricot to the future wine. Ice wine requires temperatures below at most −7 °C (19 °F) before the grapes for ice wine can be picked. At such temperatures, some of the water in the grapes freezes out, but the sugars and other solids remain dissolved in the remaining juice. Other sweet wine are made from air-dried grapes, or dried on straw, on racks, or hung from the rafters, and are generally called passerilles like the Jurancon or Vin Santo.

This session will explore the various techniques used throughout history to make sweet wine and the extraordinary panel of flavours it produces..

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  • Emmanuel

    I produced a report of the evening. Go to the pages section of the site to access it

    February 2, 2014

  • Anne V.

    As said, great varied wines. And it was lovely to host the evening, really enjoyed it. We will volunteer again!

    January 16, 2014

  • Clive

    Unusual and interesting wines once again. Thanks Emmanuel and thanks Anne and Parag for your hospitality. The food was a very nice touch too ...

    January 15, 2014

  • Ann G.

    Thanks for a great evening. Lovely wines. Special thank you to our hosts. Looking forward to next month.

    January 13, 2014

  • Emmanuel

    Very nice photos, well done Emma.

    January 13, 2014

    • Emma T

      good, glad you like them, now other people might believe it's not just you & 12 bottles of wine, but that other people come along too ;-)

      January 13, 2014

  • Jane

    Lovely evening. Unusual and varied selection of wines, great hosts, food and house, and enjoyable company. I am looking forward to the next one.

    January 12, 2014

  • Emma T

    great event, a good wide selection of wines, lovely people & wonderful hosts

    January 11, 2014

  • Karen G.

    a lovely evening. very interesting wines. sorry I had to leave before the evening end. thanks to Anne for fabulous hospitality.

    January 11, 2014

  • marta d.

    Very good

    January 11, 2014

  • Rob S.

    Oh yeah, personally I did like the English sweet wine made at Bunny in Nottinghamshire. A pleasant surprise and Id love to visit the vineyard.

    January 11, 2014

  • Rob S.

    Another brilliant evening. Fantastic and varied selection of wines. Lovely venue, hosts and food. A really nice bunch of people. What more could you want?

    January 11, 2014

  • marta d.

    I have another idea could some one ask taxi for me to my address ?

    January 10, 2014

    • marta d.

      My street lidding to teak close x

      January 10, 2014

    • marta d.

      Here are 2 lavender walk

      January 10, 2014

  • marta d.

    Hi I got ready to join you for evening and just realised that I lost my phone so I can't book my taxi and no contact with Ony one :-(:-(:-(

    January 10, 2014

    • Anne V.

      hi, what number Lavender walk are you, we are ordering a taxi. We'll post up what time they say they'll arrive.

      January 10, 2014

    • marta d.

      Brill number 33 lavender walk NG 3 4 PR red door thanks x

      January 10, 2014

  • Anne V.

    could do but i probably need a phone number or a landmark to find you.

    January 10, 2014

    • marta d.

      I don't remember number and no phone only address :-(

      January 10, 2014

    • marta d.

      ?

      January 10, 2014

  • Marcia

    I'm really sorry but i'm not able to make it tonight as I'm not feeling well , I was looking forward to it - I hope you all have a good evening

    January 10, 2014

    • Emma T

      Poor u :-( hope you get better quickly & see you soon.

      January 10, 2014

    • Marcia

      Thanks feel better for sleeping - hope to be ok for the walk tomorrow and see you then

      January 10, 2014

  • Emmanuel

    Here is Anne and Parag's address : 136 Radcliffe road, NG2 5HG,
    West Bridgford.
    Parking is tricky since it is strictly prohibited in Radcliffe road.
    Mabel grove and Ella Road on the back of our house tend to be quite full in the evening. Good alternatives are Rutland Road and Lady Bay Road, on the other side of the canal. See you all tomorrow at 8pm.

    January 9, 2014

    • marta d.

      Is there On my way! Cloths code for today night ? X

      January 10, 2014

  • Ann G.

    I will be there. I am the other one down to come with Karen, but signed up.

    January 10, 2014

  • Rob S.

    Can we have an address for tomorrow's tasting please?

    January 9, 2014

    • Emmanuel

      Yep coming up soon. I am going to Anne and Parag's tonight who are hosting tomorrow to prepare the evening, and we will send the address and instructions to get there..

      January 9, 2014

  • Emmanuel

    Hi and happy new year to all of you. As you know, we will be meeting this friday coming at Anne's house in West Bridgford for an evening of tasting sweet wines from all over the regions where it is made. I will let you the address in the coming days. There will be 12 to 14 bottles, some of them duplicated as some bottles only contain 37.5 cl. The total cost of the evening is around 350£ (only in liquid material !), so the participant fee is probably also going to be around 20£/head (except if you want to share one your bottles during the session, but then let me know in advance as I have already purchased 12 bottles !). Let me know also if the fee is acceptable, or I can downsize the evening to less onerous bottles. The session afterwards on pinot noir from New Zealand should be more reasonnable as Clive has done wonders on a shoe-string budget..

    January 6, 2014

    • Emma T

      £20 is fine with me & means we can try good quality

      January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to, I've just discovered Sauternes, but I'm away at work again. Pete

    January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I can't make it now due to work commitments.

    December 29, 2013

  • Emmanuel

    Yes indeed, we should try to start earlier. Let's make it for 8pm instead of 8:30pm so it is easier for those who come from far away. I will modify the starting time on the invitation.

    December 29, 2013

    • Emma T

      thanks, that's great :-)

      December 29, 2013

  • Emma T

    Hi, do I remember that you talked about starting 8pm instead of 8:30? Ruth has just said she's coming along too from Sheffield & we're trying to sort train times etc. cheers

    December 18, 2013

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