Monday, 9 November 2015

Celebration of Wine - Bristol Grammar School - 7th November 2015

On Saturday we held our annual 'Celebration of Wine' tasting in the fantastic ‘Grand Hall’ at the Bristol Grammar School (if you haven’t been, picture the Dining Hall from the fictional Hogwarts in Harry Potter and you won’t be a million miles away!).
We welcomed over 600 guests, over 2 sessions, to taste more than 100 wines. We also welcomed 14 suppliers, from as far afield as Marlborough in New Zealand!

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The first session ran from 12-3pm and the second from 4.30-7.30pm.
It was one of the most diverse line-ups we’ve ever produced, ranging from rich, intensely sparkling, English fizz from the Hattingley Estate in Hampshire, to a solera-aged, rich, sweet Maury from the Cotes-du-Rousillon in the south of France.
 

My top picks from the tasting were;
·         Le Tour Saint Martin – Menetou-Salon (France). Ripe fruit with a touch of fresh pineapple, citrus fruits and good concentration.
·         https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CTOrwwTWIAAbWcR.jpg:largehttps://pbs.twimg.com/media/CTOrwwTWIAAbWcR.jpg:largePieropan – Soave (Italy). A fresh, clean acidity, delicate hints of citrus, with almonds and white flower.
·         De nbwekjlshbfk;De Martino Las Aguilas 2011 – Maipo Valley (Chile). Rich cassis notes on the nose, full-bodied and flavoursome on the palate, an elegant and concentrated new-world red.
·         DyujdujyrjjrtyujketuketdyjjgwrgklhesljrwlreishglihrseoilghTamar Ridge Pinot Noir 2012 – Tasmania (Australia). Ripe fruit with a touch of fresh pineapple, citrus fruits and good concentration.
·         Hattingley Estate Entice – Hampshire (UK). An English ‘dessert wine’, who’d have thought it possible? The most ‘off the wall’ wine of the day, lusciously sweet, well-balanced, delicate notes of elderflower, with a fantastic, fresh acidity.
Thank you very much to everyone that attended, I'm sure we'll see you all again this time next year! In the meantime, look out for our Summer of Wine at Colston Hall in June 2016, more details in due course!
Cheers,
Andy Gadd

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