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Time to taste the aromatics of Europe!
Part One – Alsace
Alsace in eastern France lies on the border of Germany and is as German as it is French in terms of population, architecture and its’ grape varieties. Germanic Riesling and Gewurztraminer are found here side-by-side with French Pinot Blanc and Gris all adding to a small-but-complex wine producing region offering the most aromatic and different styles in comparison to the rest of France. It unusual, its unique, its great. We will try the wonderful Gewurztraminer with the local cheese, Munster, with grated red pepper and honey.
Part Two – Germany, Austria & UK
Forget Germany of the past (wine-wise). The UK used to be inundated with mainly sweet, sugary wines from Germany (e.g. Liebfraumilch) but now is dominated by dry, acidic and mineral-led wines from Riesling, Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder) and Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder) and the complex and wondrous Pinot Noirs (Spatburgunder). It’s a country with a well-guarded secret of amazing wines, something we’ll have to investigate. We'll also try a dry English white and an Austrian Gruner Veltliner.
All tastings include; minimum of 6 wines sourced locally so you can find them easily if you like them, full tasting notes, tasting sheet, use of professional tastings glasses and nibbles.
Jimmy Smith, the West London Wine School founder, is a flag-flying enthusiastic ambassador for the great value-for-money wines available from the world-class region of Rioja in north Spain. This special evening will unearth a hand-picked selection of Jimmy’s recent and all-time top drops ranging from 2001 to 2018 including a Tim Atkin wine of the year 2021. Jimmy will share his personal experiences of Rioja, explaining through the history, geography, geology, climate/weather, viticulture and winemaking.
Suitable for beginners to enthusiasts to students of wine. Do NOT miss this one!
Rioja is as age-worthy as the wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy, yet it flies under the radar compared to its more well-known peers. This means that a stellar bottle of age-worthy Rioja can be procured for far less than a similarly rated bottle of Bordeaux or Burgundy. Rioja wine takes its name, like many other wines made in the Old World, from the Rioja region where it is produced.
Rioja is made from a blend of grape varieties, with Tempranillo being the dominant grape. Garnacha is typically included in the blend to add some fruitiness; Mazuelo (also known as Cariñena) and Graciano may also be included.
Wines on Tasting:
Valserrano Gran Reserva Rioja Blanco 2016
Artesa Crianza 2017 (Jimmy Best Value Rioja 2021)
Artuke Paso Las Manas 2018 (Tim Atkin Wine on the Year 2021 Rioja Special Report)
Urbina Reserva Espeical 2001
Miguel Merino Vitola Reserva 2015
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva[masked]
TASTING FEE STRUCTURE: For this special two-hour tasting, an exclusive tasting kit is included in the listed price which includes a 75ml tasting sample of each wine, as well as tasting mat, tasting note paper and pen. Note: Tasting kits will be despatched to attendees within the week leading up to the tasting.
PLEASE NOTE: We are only able to deliver tasting kits to UK addresses at this time.
DON'T WANT TO RECEIVE A TASTING KIT? We understand that not everyone will want to receive the wine samples, and would rather just register to participate in the online evening without the wines. That is absolutely fine! The fee to just register for this evening without receiving a tasting kit is £10. Just enter the promotional code: 75REGONLY when checking out to ensure you just pay the registration cost.
Unable to commit on the evening? No problem! Anyone registered for this tasting will gain access to the video recording of the live event, so you can always revisit any of these at anytime in the future - whether its because you missed participating in the live evening or if you want to revisit the presentation at a later date.
The tasting will begin at 6:30pm until 9.30pm. You may wish to turn-up-and-taste for an hour or the full three hours. You will be given a TERROIR TRAIL booklet where you can follow and taste by soil type or grape variety. This is an excellent opportunity to taste the greatest examples of Alsace, the Grand Crus, amidst their differing locations and mosiacs of terroir. Our resident Alsace-expert, Sam Hill will be on hand to help you... he's not going to miss this one!
Grand Crus on Tasting (27):
Domaine Lissner Alsace Grand Cru Altenberg de Wolxheim Riesling 2017
Cave de Turckheim Alsace Grand Cru Brand Riesling 2017
Domaine Jean Becker Alsace Grand Cru Froehn Riesling 2016
Domaine Jean Sipp Alsace Grand Cru Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé Riesling 2016
Domaines Schlumberger Alsace Grand Cru Kitterlé Riesling 2017
Domaine Paul Ginglinger Alsace Grand Cru Pfersigberg Riesling 2017
Julien Schaal Alsace Grand Cru Rangen Riesling 2018
Domaine Bott-Geyl Alsace Grand Cru Schlossberg Riesling 2014
Domaine Kirrenbourg Alsace Grand Cru Schlossberg Riesling 2016
Dopff au Moulin Alsace Grand Cru Schoenenbourg Riesling 2014
Julien Schaal Alsace Grand Cru Sommerberg Riesling 2018
Domaine du Clos Saint Landelin - Véronique & Thomas Muré Alsace Grand Cru Vorbourg Riesling 2015
Domaine du Clos Saint-Landelin - Muré Alsace Grand Cru Vorbourg Riesling 2016
Domaine Lissner Alsace Wolxheim Riesling 2017
Becker Grand Cru Froehn Riesling 2012
Domaine Henry Fuchs Alsace Grand Cru Kirchberg de Ribeauville Riesling 2007
Domaine Pierre Frick Alsace Riesling 2004
Lucien Albrecht Alsace Grand Cru Pfersigberg Riesling 1992
Dopff au Moulin Alsace Grand Cru Brand Gewurztraminer 2017
Domaine Eugène Klipfel Alsace Grand Cru Kirchberg Gewurztraminer 2010
Domaine Kirrenbourg Alsace Grand Cru Schlossberg Gewurztraminer 2017
Domaine Bott-Geyl Alsace Grand Cru Sonnenglanz Gewurztraminer 2011
CCattin Alsace Grand Cru Hatschbourg Gewurztraminer 2015
Cave de Ribeauvillé Alsace Grand Cru Gloeckelberg Pinot Gris 2012
Domaines Schlumberger Alsace Grand Cru Kessler Pinot Gris 2015
Domaine Kirrenbourg Alsace Grand Cru Schlossberg Pinot Gris 2017
Domaine Bott-Geyl Alsace Grand Cru Sonnenglanz Pinot Gris 2011
Join us to compare the aromatic delights of Alsace and the full-bodied blockbusters of the Rhone against the New World newcomers. Can Australia's Eden and Clare Valley Riesling shape up to dry mineral-led Alsatian examples? And what about the spicy Gewurztraminer now grown throughout the world. Venturing into the heart of the Rhone Valley we find those superb expressions of Grenache and Shiraz from areas such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape and the Côtes du Rhone - does the new world styles from Barossa and South Australia compare to the old firm favourites?
Book now to take part in this intriguing tasting and see who rules the roost ultimately, France or the New World?!
Wine to look forward to: Chateauneuf-du-Pape & Crozes-Hermitage
All tastings include: minimum of 6 wines sourced locally so you can find them easily if you like them, full tasting notes, tasting sheet, use of professional tastings glasses and nibbles.