June 2010 Meeting - Blind Tasting

June 2010 Meeting - Blind Tasting

 Our June meeting was a ‘blind tasting’ led superbly by Auriole and Martin...

Most managed to tell reds from whites but the gewürztraminer confounded most of us!  Ronnie was the champion!  Perhaps the most interesting and unusual wine was a Bual Madeira – everyone thinks of Madeira as sweet but this was soft, dry and refreshing.  It was a fun evening and a definitely one of our best. 

White Wines

 

1) Alsace Gewurztraminer 2008 Alsace France                              13%   Waitrose £8.69

Q1. New World/Old World : Old World

Q2. Country of Origin : France                 

Q3. Grape Variety :Gewurztraminer

Q4. Price : £8.69

 

2) The Loom Riesling 2008   Clare Valley, Australia                     13%    Laithwaites £6.49

Q1. New World/Old World : New World

Q2. Country of Origin : Australia

Q3. Grape Variety : Riesling

Q4. Price : £6.49

 

3) Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc 2009 Stellenbosch, South Africa 14%  Laithwaites £10.99

Q1. New World/Old World : New World

Q2. Country of Origin : South Africa

Q3. Grape Variety : Chenin Blanc

Q4. Alcohol Content : 14%

Q5. Price : £10.99

                                             

4) Ashcombe Hill  Denbies Estate 2009 England                         11.5%  Laithwaites £8.99

Q1. New World/Old World : New World

Q2. Country of Origin : England

Q3. Price £8.99                                                                                                                        

 

Red Wines

 

1) Les Sarmentieres Corbieres 2009  France                                12.5% France        £1.00

Q1. New World/Old World : Old World

Q2. Country of Origin : France

Q3. Price : £1.00

 

2) Quinta Do Espirito Santo 2008 Lisboa Portugal                      15%   Laithwaites £6.99

Q1. New World/Old World : Old World

Q2. Country of Origin : Portugal

Q3. Alcohol Content : 15%

Q4. Price : £6.99

 

3) Domaine des Tourelles 2006 Bekaa Valley Lebanon            14%    Laithwaites £9.49

Q1. New World/Old World : New World

Q2. Country of Origin : Lebanon

Q3. Vintage : 2006

Q4. Price : £9.49

 

4) Grant Burge Merlot 2008 Australia                                               14.5% Laithwaites £12.49

Q1. New World/Old World : New World

Q2. Country of Origin : Australia

Q3. Grape Variety : Merlot

Q4. Price : £12.49

 

Mystery Wine

 

1)Blandy’s Duke of Sussex Dry Madeira Portugal                        19%   Laithwaites £12.99

Q1. What is this wine : Madeira

Q2.Country of Origin : Portugal

Q3. Alcohol Content :  19%

Q4. Price : £12.99

 

At the time of writing we plan to contribute to the Letchworth Festival with a selection of English sparkling wines for tasting, hopefully to celebrate the sun and summer.  Also we plan our summer bbq in July but there will be an opportunity to get together at Julie and Jerry’s on Friday 20 August.  We start again with our first meeting of our third year on the third Tuesday in September.