Festive Fortifieds & Friends Event
Ticket price includes the six 100ml sample bottles, joining instructions and Zoom meeting link (this will be emailed prior to the event) and the subsequent 1-hr YouTube recording.
Have you ever thought of all the offerings out there for fortified festive drinks, why oh why in the UK we’re so blinkered into drinking just Port? Well we have….. so with the upcoming festive feasting period (sorry I know we’re not supposed to talk about it for another month!) we thought it was time that we gave the stage to the delights of fortified wines and not exclusively ports. We will open your palates to a selection of wines that will admirably partner the myriad of flavours that we encounter through the Christmas period - and we will bust a few sherry and port myths along the way. To allow us to showcase 6 brilliant wines in a single tasting and not leave all cross-eyed, we will once again be sending you these wines in 100ml sample tubes. Remember, this is plenty for two tasters (or to keep some for later). AND as the standard serving of a fortified wine in a restaurant is 100ml – a set of these per person per household will also be perfect gifts for others or your own fortified drinking over the holidays.
WINES TASTED ON THE EVENING Barbeito Rainwater Reserva, 100ml Rainwater Madeira is a style of Madeira that has fallen out of fashion in recent years but used to be very popular, particularly in the USA. Usually a lighter style that a full madeira this is a wonderful palate cleanser and showcases what makes Madeira wines so special. Maesto Sierra Amontillado, 100ml Amontillado sherry is wonderful style of Sherry, often overlooked for the sweeter styles, yet when made in the traditional way and aged like this one for over 12 years, then you start to see what all the fuss is about and how it really is a versatile drink during the festive season. Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage, 100ml Well we weren’t going to not have a port! This LBV from the charismatic producer Dirk Niepoort is just a perfect all rounder. It doesn’t take itself overly seriously, as vintage ports might and packs a delicious burst of flavour and silky tannins to compliment the start and the end of a meal. La Giaretta della Valpolicella Amarone Classico 2016, 100ml Not technically a fortified wine, the Amarone gets to join the team as, being made with partially-dried grapes, the wine has unrivalled concentration, richness and viscosity, and weighs in at a hefty 16.5%. This is a great wine to enjoy in the winter months alongside very robust dishes, strong and even blue cheeses and to accompany any dark chocolates you've been given. 1999 Bonnezeaux 'Melleresses' Domaine Rene Renou, 100ml This is a fascinating sweet white wine not from the classic Sauterne region but for the Loire region. Made from 100% Chenin these wines can age for decades and yet have a light freshness to them that is wonderful to relive a jaded palate three quarter way through the festive banquet. Maesto Sierra Pedro Ximenez, 100ml This is an insanely sweet and concentrated sherry that is Christmas in a glass. The Pedro Ximenez grape is more often used to bolster other sherries but on its own it has the most delightful Christmas pudding notes of dried raisins and candied peel, unadulterated indulgence...
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