May 30, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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How does the weather make a difference to the quality of wine produced in the same vineyard from year to year? Vines are very good at adapting to their natural surroundings and take into account the different amounts of heat, light and rainfall during any particular growing season - so this is why the quality of the grapes and the style of wine varies from year to year.
To find out if this is really true I have put together a fascinating tasting which will feature 5 pairs of high quality wines from 5 different countries, and for each pair the wines will be from 2 adjacent vintages. Here is the full line-up:
Tyrrell's Vat 1 Semillon Hunter Valley Australia 2003 & 2004
Puligny Montrachet 'Les Noyers Bret' Jean Marc Pillot Burgundy 2008 & 2009
Dolcetto D'Alba G D Vaira Piedmont Italy 2011 & 2012
Navajas Gran Reserva Rioja 2004 & 2005
Meerlust Rubicon Stellenbosch South Africa 2007 & 2008
These are all high quality wines with an average retail price of £25 per bottle.
We will start with a magnum of Cremant de Bourgogne and during the evening a selection of fine cheeses, pates, bread and other nibbles will be served. This tasting will be seated round one table and limited to 12 people (so will include a bottle of fine wine per person), and the cost is just £39 per person.