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This tasting is in two parts on THURSDAYS 15 & 22 FEBRUARY 2024. Ticket price covers both parts.
There’s a fascinating mix of wines and wine styles in this tasting, the theme for which is simply that they come from areas that are ‘on the edge’ of their respective countries.
Take our pair of Italian mainland wines, from real extremes of the country. One is from Valle d’Aosta, Italy’s smallest and most northerly wine region on the mountainous French/Swiss border, the other from Calabria in the ‘toe’ of Italy’s boot.
Talking of wines from the edge, we also have some from beyond the edge! We have two wines from island vineyards, one rarity from the Spanish island of Majorca, and one from the Mediterranean’s biggest island, Sicily.
Completing this tour of geographic vinous extremes, we have a fabulous Riesling from Bio-Bio, way down south in Chile and far removed from the main wine-growing valleys, and it’s a similar story with our German wine. It comes from Baden, this is Germany’s most southerly wine region and also its warmest and driest. Wines that can be produced there are quite different from vineyards further north.
Our white wines cover both familiar and not so familiar grape varieties and places. How about a blend of Premsal and Giró Ros? These are two grapes of the Balearics, featuring in our Majorcan blend. From the Valle d’Aosta the blend is Chardonnay, Petite Arvine and Pinot Grigio – a lovely combination of French, Swiss and Italian grapes as befits its crossroads location. Completing the line-up, a Riesling from one of Chile’s most southerly and most recently planted wine regions, bordering the country’s lush Lake District.
Our red wines kick off with Frappato, a grape variety indigenous to Sicily and making unusually aromatic, earthy but strawberry-scented reds. Moving on to Germany and Spätburgunder, a.k.a. Pinot Noir, the grape that many people think is Germany’s ace in the pack as climate changes. Our final red is a real curiosity: made from Calabria’s own Gaglioppo, but with a touch of the white grape Greco di Ciro, wild-fermented and made in tiny quantities.
Our supplier has reduced the price of this selection of six wines from £83.75 to just £70 for our tasting. Please see below for delivery information.
The tasting is split over two consecutive Thursday evenings. We’ll open three bottles per night, but they’ll drink well through the weekend so nothing will be wasted. And remember: if you cannot join us live for any session, our ‘catch-up’ service allows you to taste along to the recordings at your leisure.