LONDON WINE TASTING: Vieux Télégraphe

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June 2020    Last year IWFS London Branch held an five-star fine Châteauneuf du Pape wine tasting. However, we couldn’t taste all the top wines, and Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe was not among them, although we did have a wine dinner featuring this domaine. Fortunately for us, we had one bottle of the great 2001 vintage left. We had no excuse …

LONDON WINE TASTING – Chateau Musar

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May 2020 Another month of lockdown slips by. I’ll be missing the sociability of comparing several wines connected by a theme, and learning as we go, for a while yet. We opened a bottle of Chateau Musar 2000 the other evening. “Eccentric wines, which have baffled and bewitched,” as Pierre Mansour of the Wine Society has described the wines, from …

IWFS LONDON BLOG – Wines during Lockdown

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April 2020 No wine tastings for me to report on while we are all in lockdown. In the circumstances we are doing our best to enjoy drinking wine chez nous – and observing the proprieties by occasionally keeping a day or two alcohol-free. I used to have a big book made for the purpose with pages of columns, to record …

IWFS LONDON WINE TASTING – Mature Champagne and English Sparkling Wines

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March 2020 The last wine tasting I got to before lockdown was on How Sparkling Wines Mature, presented by Bernard Lamb. This tasting of ten bottles explored champagnes and English sparkling wines, vintage and non-vintage, at different stages of maturity.   Generally with age, sparkling, wines lose fizz and freshness and gain depth of flavour and complexity. But it is …

IWFS LONDON WINE TASTINGS – China, France and South Africa

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 February 2020 The events I attended this month illustrated different approaches to wine tasting. The wines for our Chinese wine tasting were a selection from a lot bought at auction. They are not exported to the UK, so we did not know what they would cost, and could not assess their value that way. The labels in Chinese provided no …