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Thanks to my wonderful guests who attended the tasting this afternoon. I was glad to meet a few new people and see some good friends’ faces. I hope to see all of you again at a tasting in the future.
As promised, here is a list of the wines that we went through today.

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Saumur, Gratien & Meyer Brut, £12
Champagne, Rose Brut, Gauthier, £33
Sauvignon Blanc, Geisen 2011 Marlborough New Zealand, £10
Cabernet, Merlot & Cabernet Franc, Vergelegen 2009, £11 **GROUP FAVOURITE**
Pinotage, Barista 2010 South Africa, £9
Reserve Port, Taylors First Estate, £12
Palo Cortado Viejo, Apostoles £17

Food pairings:
Sparkling – Homemade bread, toasted with goats cheese, basil & garlic
Cabernet – Sliced & grilled chorizo
Pinotage – Chocolate (60% cacao)
Palo Cortado – Banana Walnut & Caramel cake (homemade by Blair – recipe to follow)

Also, I mentioned a few things during the tasting that people asked I make note of:
-My favourite region in Spain is Bierzo. There are some stunning examples available but a lovely one that is widely available is Petalos, Bierzo 2009.
Viu Manent Reserve Carmenere is an absolute stunner and highly recommended if you enjoy this style.

I will be posting new dates shortly. If you’re interested in learning more about wine – or just meeting some new people – make sure to sign up! I will look forward to hosting you.

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Normally I am not a sherry drinker – I don’t favour the yeasty characters of a fino and the oxidised varieties tend to never quite satisfy. Last night however I plunged head first into passionate love affair with Palo Cortado.  During a catch up with one of my dearest friends, whom also happens to be my ‘Sherry-drinking’ friend, brought out this absolute beauty – Apostoles Palo Cortado Viejo, 30 year Sherry. It was nutty, fully of coffee, a light yeast and a really really really long finish (I can still taste it this morning…and yes, I brushed my teeth and had a few espressos). And having done a few quick searches, you can get your hands on it for just under £17. One thing is they have a ‘muy viejo’ as well as the ‘viejo’ that I tried. Its a bit more expensive but more widely available. It would be interesting to try the two of them side by side.

I feel a sherry tasting coming on…

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