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oin us in Manchester City Centre for this wine tasting which forms part of our “Grape Expectations II” course. Each month we will look at some of the world’s most famous and loved Red and White grape varieties and taste the diverse selection of varied flavours and styles of wines these grapes produce. In March we will be tasting Malbec and the two Manseng grapes, Petit and Gros.
Thanks to its exploits in Argentina, Malbec is currently one of the most popular grapes around. But before it became a South American star, it was famed for producing sturdy red wines in South West France, and Cahors in particular. Less well known is that it also grows in the Loire Valley, and it’s also making a name for itself in several other parts of the wine world.
South West France is also home to Gros and Petit Manseng. The wines of Jurançon in which they both feature include fascinatingly complex dry whites as well as heady sweet delights, and are surely due for a revival in fortunes soon. The pair haven’t travelled as widely as Malbec, but already they can be found in North and South America and Australia. And closer to their French home, they’ve made it over the Pyrenees into the fascinating, seafood-friendly wines of Txacoli.
On the night we will taste at least 6 wines accompanied by full tasting notes and some cheese and ham to nibble on.