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Sometimes we test how wines age…

 …for example back in January ….   We tried checking out whether the right circumstances can make certain wines taste even better. 

Experimenting with some Debussy – followed by a little light rock – there were some members who felt that the classical performance could be enhancing their enjoyment derived from a modest claret. But wine is a personal thing and, though everyone  concentrated seriously on the experiment, others were far from convinced that the music made any difference at all. 

Everyone did come up with some timely thoughts on what might grace a table at a moderate price. Italian Fiano is currently making its presence felt amongst white wines and the message from the Moleside tasters – don’t discount the younger vintages if you’re faced with a choice. 

Amongst the reds Tesco’s Finest Priimitivo de Chieti feels like an up front, fruity bargain – but our reporter’s palate made his pick of the bunch The Wine Society’s Valpolicella Ripasso – delivering real class.

Finally the group sampled a sweet, chilled Spanish Moscatel which was a delight, even for those who stay clear of sweet wines. This Vina Araya Moscatel de Valencia sold just before Christmas at a ridiculous price of £5.35 from Sainsburys.


Thanks to David Owen for his report and fine photos