Pinot Noirs from New Zealand

  • February 7, 2014 · 8:00 PM
  • Helen's place

What makes pinot noir so special and why are we so fond of it. First it is a difficult wine: difficult for the grower to cultivate and difficult for the drinker to distinguish and become familiar with. Yet the same complexities that make pinot noir so difficult also make it a very versatile and complex wine. The grapes are very thin, so when they get ripe, if conditions are not exactly right , then the grapes can break down or you might pick them too early and you do not have the full richness.

Unlike Cabernet, it does not grow in any part of the world.  The best pinot noir-growing regions in the world are located on or near the 45th parallels. In this session, we will be exploring the pinot noirs in the other region (Burgundy is the other one) crossed by the 45th parallel : New Zealand where the weather is warm during the day and cool at night, and where because of the rotation of the earth the sun just seems to slide across the horizon and gives a very long twilight, and the pinot noir loves heat in the late part of the afternoon.

Clive will be giving a short presentation of the region following which we will be tasting blind10 to 12 bottles of pinot including some odd ones out.

Hope to see you all.

 

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  • Phil T.

    Excellent evening : Clive's introduction and map were terrific; Emanuel herded the cats expertly and Helen was a great host. Wine was fantastic and the company made it another brilliant night. Can Rob keep us on a roll? The pressure is on!

    2 · February 9, 2014

  • Helen T.

    Really enjoyed hosting the session. Am now a total convert to Pinot Noir. Thanks to Emmanuel and Clive for their enthusiasm and knowledge and for introducing us to Craggy Range and Au Bon Climat. Good to see all the regulars again and to welcome some new members too.

    2 · February 8, 2014

  • Rob S.

    "Grumpy" Rob also had a great time. In my defence I'm just being completely honest. The Louis Latour Nuits Saint Georges Premier Cru was a disappointment. Some of the other wines were fantastic e.g. the Au Bon Climat. Amazing to find such a Pinot Noir in California of all places!

    Loved Clive's intro and his brilliant map / info sheet. The food was great, thanks to Jane and Phil for the blinis. Helen was an impeccable host.

    I always learn something new about wine at each event so I'm loving it. I think we have a good thing going here and I'm looking forward to the next one already! Hope to see you all at my Bordeaux tasting in April.

    February 8, 2014

  • Clive

    Really enjoyable evening. Thanks to Emmanuel for (just about) holding it all together and for the cheese tip that I'll no doubt struggle to follow. And many thanks to Helen with her boundless hospitality. I was merry enough by the end that I could even forgive the audacious late move from California in producing the wine of the evening. We're sorry to have had to leave so abruptly.

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Stefano D.

    Lovely night ! It was great to meet you all and I really enjoyed the wine tasting and the social atmosphere.

    Special thanks to Helen for having us... a fantastic host !

    February 8, 2014

  • Jane

    Clive's introduction was very well pitched with the clip from the film and the handout. The wines were just too deliciously divine......I must learn to pace myself. Thanks to Emmanuel for taking us through them, teaching me a new skill in pouring and to Helen for being the perfect host, your disreputable guest.

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • marta d.

    Brill evening again amazing wines :) it was lovely see you all x :):):)

    February 8, 2014

  • Emma T

    Great evening, lovely people, lovely wine

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • marta d.

    Hi
    Who like to share taxi to Helen's place tomorrow
    ? :-):-)

    February 6, 2014

    • Marcia

      I got an earlier bus as the one I told you about didn't seem to exist when i got to the stop !- Sorry about that the Internet was wrong - see you later

      February 7, 2014

    • marta d.

      Ups;-( see ya soon :)

      February 7, 2014

  • Maria P.

    Really sorry having to cancel at last minute but daughter sent home from school unwell
    see you next time
    happy drinking !!!

    February 7, 2014

  • Stefano D.

    Hi ! It's my first time so I am not really sure ... What shall I bring ? I won't be able to prepare any food but was thinking to buy something like a nice bread or... ?
    Do I need to bring my own glasses ?

    February 6, 2014

    • Emma T

      I'm just bring a loaf if bread & I think that sort of thing is what Emmanuel was after

      February 7, 2014

    • Emmanuel B.

      Stephano, we provide everything (glasses, spittoons, decanter, etc). Bread is a plus if you wan. By the way it's 20£ / head for the evening

      February 7, 2014

  • marta d.

    I m taking bread crackers and red pepers in vinegar sauce

    February 7, 2014

  • Karen

    Hi,
    Sorry to miss this tasting but I have a prior booking at the leicester comedy festival.

    February 7, 2014

  • Helen T.

    Hi everyone. Looking forward to hosting tomorrow night. Emmanuel has advised to keep food savoury and simple for Pinot tasting. So have got a selection of cheeses and biscuits. So anything savoury welcome. See you at 8 pm

    February 6, 2014

  • Ann G.

    I will be there but only just back from South Africa so no time to bring food...sorry! next time

    February 6, 2014

  • Liam

    Unfortunately I've come down with a cold so I'm going to have to miss it. I'm so disappointed (especially about missing Clive's powerpoint presentation about NZ) but my palate is dead. Have a great time guys. See you another time

    February 5, 2014

    • Emma T

      Oh no! all the more fore us, hooray!! hope you get better soon.

      February 6, 2014

  • marta d.

    I could bring home made pâté plain or with plum
    Are you interested to tried ? Question to every one :-)

    February 5, 2014

  • Maria P.

    Thanks Phil
    See you all friday

    February 4, 2014

  • Phil T.

    Hi Maria, Emanuel
    Just checked with Jane and it looks like we have put each other down as our plus ones! Hence there should be two extra spaces for this weeks event.
    See you on Friday
    Phil

    February 3, 2014

    • Emma T

      it would probably be good if one or both of you could change your response, then Maria and someone else can respond

      February 3, 2014

  • Helen T.

    Hello all Yes it's at mine this Friday. West Bridgford location. Am sure Emmanuel will circulate address in due course.
    Any food suggestions ? I'm thinking bread and cheese- but what cheeses? Look forward to seeing you all then.

    February 2, 2014

    • Emmanuel B.

      Hi Helen, yes I will send your address to all participants 2 days before the evening as usual. Not really necessary to prepare any food, or maybe bread and some nibbles but nothing fancy. We did have food at the 2 previous evenings, and it went well because the themes were Champagne and Sweet wine, but it is more difficult to match food with red wine. Ideally some T-bone steak or game would go well with pinot noir, but probably bit difficult to organise. Cheeses go better with white as we will find out at the next session. I think bread and a few dips would be just fine.

      February 2, 2014

    • Emma T

      Ok, I'll bring either breadsticks or some bread, perhaps if others bring some to so we get a variety in nice breads?

      February 2, 2014

  • Maria P.

    looks like its a full house ! hopefully will manage to get on the next session !
    Happy Tasting !

    February 2, 2014

    • Emmanuel B.

      Hi Maria, will keep you posted as there are often people who drop out at the last minute and you are already a regular

      February 2, 2014

  • Emmanuel B.

    Hello, thinking of oorganizing the next event (after the New Zealand one) on the theme of cheese & wine match. We would have 10 to 12 cheeses of all sorts and origins (gruyere, stilton, parmesan, comte, brie, goat cheese, munster, camembert, etc..) and we would serve the wine that best matches. We would mark not only the one but also the quality of the match. It 's quite likely that most will be white wine as red wine and cheese do not really work together. Anyway, what do you reckon ? Does it sound like an interesting theme for the march edition ? Also if somebody wanted to host it that would be really nice...

    2 · January 19, 2014

    • Emma T

      Great idea & willing to try the white matching seven though I'm more used to reds with cheese, hopefully you'll be teaching us all new ways :-)
      I'm happy to host again depending on dates & if people want to come north of the river! Or if someone else offers that's fine to.

      1 · January 19, 2014

    • Maria P.

      Happy to host

      February 2, 2014

  • Rob S.

    Hi Emmanuel, Do you have a venue for this? I'm happy to host at my place in Carlton but I think it caused transport issues for some people last time I did that. Let us know what you are going to do. Cheers Rob

    February 2, 2014

    • Emma T

      Didn't Helen, who I think is in west bridgford offer to host?

      February 2, 2014

  • marta d.

    I like to host y all one day but I think 30m2 flat can be a bit to small for 20 people :-(

    February 2, 2014

  • Rob S.

    Oh, yeah, I will be doing a Bordeaux tasting in April, venue to be confirmed

    February 2, 2014

  • Karen G.

    Sorry guys off to Bilbao for surprise weekend away. Will make the next one.

    February 1, 2014

  • Ann G.

    Ah...might be a problem as thinking of going to Skye for a cookery course that weekend. Can I confirm at the Feb meeting. Off to South Africa tomorrow.

    January 25, 2014

  • Emmanuel B.

    Excellent suggestion, I am happy to launch the invite if you are happy to host it. We will manage with taxis and our own cars (for those who spit it all). I propose the 14th of March if it is suitable to you

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Ann G.

    Brilliant idea and more than happy to host, but I do live in Elston near Newark. Definitely no busses, but people could share cabs back to Nottingham. Perhaps we could discuss this and see what people think at the next one. We can always come to me in the summer when those people that talked about camping could stay in the garden. Plenty of spare beds too.

    1 · January 20, 2014

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