March 2012 - Did you know that Georgia in the Caucasus is one of the oldest wine producing regions of the world? The country is blessed with ideal climate and weather conditions and Georgians have been making wine for thousands of years. On March 23rd Chris Bowling, founder of the Georgian Wine Society hosted our wine tasting evening and brought an unusual and very colourful selection of wines from Georgia for us to try. According to Chris, rather than trying to compete with the mass-produced New World wines, Georgia is focusing on producing high quality and unusual wines and the scores certainly reflected this.
The scores can be downloaded from here.
Feb 2012 - For our first event of the new year, local wine merchant Cadman Fine Wines were our hosts for this wine tasting event and we tried a selection of French, Spanish and Italian wines that you won’t find in the supermarkets. The unusual selection produced some quite strong opinions - and the scores reflected this. The Olivares Monastrell Dulce 2008, Jumilla from Spain being the delight of the evening (desert wine).
Here is the list of wines and the scores.
December - For our festive wine tasting on December 9th, last year year we were testing out whether the International Wine Challenge [IWC] Awards would produce such good results as we got in 2010. All the wines were IWC award winners available now from the major supermarkets. And the results were good - very good in fact.
To see the list of all the wines we tasted and the overall scores, click here.
October - Lee Isaacs, Branch Manager for The Oxford Wine Company, lead our last wine tasting evening with wines from South America. The Oxford Wine Company is an independent merchant based near Witney and winner of several awards including Best Independent Wine Retailer in the UK. Lee brought a selection of wines from leading producers in Chile and Argentina including Luigi Bosca, Trapiche and In Situ.
To see the list of all the wines we tasted and the overall scores,click here.
July - La Cava Wines, a small independent wine merchant based in Bicester and Buckingham, hosted this wine tastingevent and brought along a selection of in-expensive wines that were meant to be perfect for the summer.
There was a bias towards Spanish wines, but not the ones you would expect. Spanish wines got the highest scores for both the Whites and the Reds.
The favourite White was Bioca Godello, Spain, 2010. It scored 3.71 out of 5.
The favourite Red was Chateldon Cabernet Sauvignon, Spain, 2003. It scored 4 out of 5.
You can download the full score sheet below.
May - Our Fabulous France event marked the start of the 4th year for the group and we tried a selection of French wines. We also looked back over the past year and reminded ourselves of some of the excellent wines we’ve tasted as a group. To see the slides used in the review click here
At the event Matt presented 4 whites and Jamie did 4 reds.
The high scoring white was Henri Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Sancerre, France with 2.88
The high scoring red was Paul Mas Grenache / Syrah 2009 South of France with 3.38
Congratulations go to Caroline Dunning who won our blind tasting challenge.