FINE CHOCOLATE AND ALCOHOL TASTING – by Zoom

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February 2021 We paired fine chocolate and different kinds of alcoholic drinks at this exceptional tasting via Zoom. A pack of six types of chocolates, separately identified only by number, was posted to each of us beforehand.  Groups of generic types of alcoholic drinks were specified in advance, for us to select and provide for ourselves. Chantal Coady OBE, an internationally …

EVERYDAY CLARETS – a Zoom Wine Tasting with IWFS London

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We tasted wines to illustrate “lunchtime clarets” – affordable workaday red Bordeaux – from three excellent vintages. I wanted to show that we don’t have to drink famous wines at high prices to enjoy a glass of claret. Vintage is important for Bordeaux wines. The weather can vary from year to year, and throughout the growing season and harvest. The …

IWFS LONDON WINE TASTINGS – A Japanese Koshu wine

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November 2020 IWFS London Branch had a good attendance at its AGM by Zoom this month. We were invited, or perhaps that should be “reminded”, to bring along a bottle of wine to enjoy. It was a good excuse for me to try a bottle of Chateau Mercian, Koshu Gris de Gris 2018 for £20.00 from my local wine shop …

IWFS LONDON WINE TASTINGS – English Cheese and Wine: Virtually Meeting, Actually Tasting

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December 2020 Packs of artisan cheeses and crispbread, together with English wine, porter and cider, were delivered to participants’ homes for London Branch’s delightful December Zoom cheese and wine tasting – and with cider and porter too. Greg Parsons, the owner of Sharpham’s Dairy in Totnes, led us through the following pairings, aided by Tom Wedgery from the Sharpham / Sandridge …

IWFS LONDON BLOG – Wine & Food – Matching with Game by Zoom

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October 2020 – Wines to go with Game For this Zoom tasting, we focused on wines that would go with game. Some of us had prepared small pieces of game, such as roast partridge, venison, or game-flavoured sausages, to try out for ourselves with the three wines selected. Many wines are suitable for game, depending on both the particular game …