Wine Club

There’s value in remembering the good old days
Monthly live wine tasting together has recently been impossible for the club but there is no stopping the thinking about plans for some responsible resumption of real monthly meetings.  The current conclusion though has to be that it may be some time yet before a sensible modus operandi can be agreed upon and a date pencilled for possible restart.

Meanwhile regular members  have been revisiting some of their turn of the year discoveries and we can all share some recommendations here. 

Here’s one of the Club’s tips from its 2020 tastings achieved before lockdown. From The Co-op – a supplier the Club was recognising as a keen purveyor of quality long before that was picked up by the national press – Vina Indomita Irresistible Carmanere 2018 from the Casablanca Valley of Central Chile. Early in 2020 this was available from The Co -op at £7.00 a bottle and recognised as ideal for drinking now. Its freshness coupled with wild berry, truffle and violet aromas has become a favourite with club members. 

And from Laithwaites,  available at time of recommendation at £10.99 before usual discounts – Belle Roche Cabernet Sauvignon from vines growing in France’s Languedoc, close by Carcassonne.  It offers rich deep blackcurrant, herbal and spice, mint and toasty hints. Though it was the 2018 vintage that aroused Moleside interest earlier in the year, more recently club members have noted  that the 2019 vintage is getting more than its fair share of very promising recommendations as well.

And finally …..
Don’t forget back in January, the most recent of the Club’s live meetings in The Steeples at Parkside, the group announced  that its pick of the month was from Stellenbosch in the Western Cape.  Members noted the price but were impressed not just with the quality of the wine but also by the fact that the winery it comes from belongs to a close relative of one of our Moleside members here in the UK. The Mount Rozier Estate is part of the Gabb family business in South Africa, who also own The Journey’s End Winery in nearby Somerset West which we learnt is responsible for several top end South African wines stocked by M&S.

Trudy’s summary of her January tasting of the Wine of the Month was: ‘Lovely full, ripe, rounded wine with notes of delicious almost sweet apricots in the middle palate’.

And the wine? Stellenbosch’s Queen Bee Viognier.   The 2020 vintage is currently available from Laithwaites at £12.99 before the usual discounts.

Here’s to responsible, live wine tasting together proving possible again later in the year.  Meanwhile good luck in finding these recommendations.

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