ITALIAN REDS – SANGIOVESE FROM TUSCANY – by Zoom

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ZOOM WINE TASTING WITH LONDON IWFS March 2021 Three types of red wines from Tuscany, made from the Sangiovese grape, were the subject of this Zoom tasting, and very enjoyable they were, too. Sangiovese is responsible for the best red wines of Tuscany. It has numerous clones of various sub-varieties, in different localities. It is extremely sensitive to where it …

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 …

LONDON WINE TASTING – Rioja by Zoom

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September 2020 – Red Rioja Our latest tasting by Zoom was to compare and discuss traditional red Riojas. We were delighted to welcome some IWFS members from the north west, an advantage of getting together technologically, without travelling! The three wines suggested, easily obtainable from Majestic, were all from the Rioja Alta region, in traditional/classical style, with extended ageing in …

LONDON WINE TASTING – Chardonnay by Zoom

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August 2020 – New World “Rich and Oaky” Chardonnays We tasted and compared three New World Chardonnays at different levels of complexity, all described as “rich and oaky” by Zoom. Participants had been advised in advance of the wines, all available from Majestic, so that they could have them delivered from their local branch. In the early 1970s Chardonnay accounted …

LONDON WINE TASTING – Pinot Noir by Zoom

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July 2020 – Pinot Noir – or, your choice! Our first tasting by Zoom was a very informal social event, with Pinot Noir as the optional feature, for us to drink and chat about what we were enjoying drinking during lockdown. Alan led our discussion, while we drank at our own pace! He had brought along four bottles that he …

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 …