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Tasting T2.3 English Chardonnay

Whilst we weren’t waxing lyrically after the English light whites tasting (T2.2) a few weeks ago, Chardonnay from England is a totally different wine. This grape is a key component of the very successful and much awarded English sparkling wine revolution. We are hoping for a better identification of prime sites and some good winemaking knowledge of how to treat this highly versatile grape variety. Chardonnay is a fantastic grape variety. It is very good at expressing both the location and climate of where it is grown (its terroir). Also expressing the techniques used in the winery such as malolactic...

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Tasting T3.2 Australian Cabernet Sauvignon

Finally said Harry, some red wine. After our first two tastings both being white wines and of the light summery style with a lighter food accompaniment. We looked forward to some powerful wine and food to match. With each tasting so far, and we expect this to continue, we taste the 5 or 6 wines one after the other on their own. Once we have marked up and noted our aromas and tastes, we then prepare our food and cook it. We then retaste the wines with the food as we eat. So far, we have tasted the wines in...

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Tasting T2.2 England Light Whites

This tasting was one we were very keen to try early in the list as to be frank, we know very little about English wine other than the fact that it is rising in quality every year. It’s not just that climate change is having a benefit on the growing season and therefore the ability to ripen a wider range of grapes, it is also the wine knowledge that has been gained by young winemakers travelling the world, receiving education and skills and returning to home. Further to that there are also benefits of the vines ageing in vineyard sites...

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Tasting T3.6 New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

So it was Harry’s choice to start just about as far away as we could get geographically. I guess it makes sense to start in New Zealand as they are the furthest of our wine Tasting countries ahead of us on the world time clock. As to his choice of Sauvignon Blanc, well I guess he wanted to grab our attention with some vibrant and racy mineral wines to get our tasting juices flowing. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has risen to its standing as a major wine name from pretty much nowhere historically. Sauvignon Blanc was first planted in the...

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60

So what do you do to celebrate turning 60? Well, to celebrate my 60th becoming ever closer on the horizon, I decided to also celebrate my joy in all things wine and to enjoy a series of tastings to be carried out in the two years either side of my 60th Birthday (April 29th 2023). Since Christmas I have made a plan which hopefully will give both Harry, myself, Kim and a few friends the opportunity to try some truly wonderful and exciting wines. Not all wines are expensive, not all wines will be great, but we hope to learn...

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