A Tasting of Portuguese Wines

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At London Branch we arrange a wide variety of wine tastings of different kinds. The aim of this tasting, led by Keith Ellis, was to show good value Portuguese wines for current drinking, that were not expensive and which were readily available if we wanted to buy any that we had particularly liked. In the twenty or so years since …

Red Bordeaux from the 1970s

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IWFS London Branch enjoyed a wine tasting of a wide selection of Red Bordeaux from the 1970s.  The idea was to see whether wines from a decade long ago had lasted longer than had been anticipated. We do this from time to time with Bordeaux and Burgundy fine wines. We are optimistic, but do not know what to expect. Happily we …

A Tasting of Fine Chateauneuf-du-Pape

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At this London Branch meeting we tasted a special selection of Châteauneuf-du-Pape from different years and top estates, led by Jeffrey Benson. ‘Old Châteauneuf can be sumptuous – complex, spicy and distinctly gamey, retaining much of its original warmth and ampleur’ – Remington Norman. We started with the earliest and worked forward. 1955 – Domaine J. Vidal-Fleury This is the …

A Japanese Wine Tasting

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“The new wave Japanese wines are very much in the same idiom as natural wines, being light-bodied and often relatively crisp’ – quoted in the Financial Times by JancisRobinson. Japanese wine makers are becoming very successful. Wines are now being produced on a par with some of the finest wines world-wide. Many thanks to Christopher Davenport-Jones for organising this London …

FINE MATURE BEERENAUSLESE AND EISWEIN

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Jeffrey Benson led the London Branch tasting Fine Mature Beerenauslese and Eiswein at the Naval Club, Mayfair, of these luscious sweet white wines from his cellar. Six wines in the tasting were Beerenauslese from Germany, one was from Austria, and the Eiswein was from Austria. The best sweet wines are made from grapes that are very rich in sugar. One …