Our in-store tastings are BACK BABY!! After a year and half of meeting through Zoom, we can now all meet up and share our love of all things boozy in person...and we are so, so, SO excited!! We have a full program of events coming up!!
Our in-store Tastings have various start times - on Thursdays they will start in both stores at 8pm. On Saturdays they will start in Rammy at 2pm and in Prestwich at 4pm. The LIVE virtual tastings will continue and they will always start at 8pm unless specifically stated otherwise!
It’s the start of International Riesling Month, and just last Riesling Day back in March, we are deep diving one of our fav grapes!! A surprisingly wide ranging grape considering its proclivity for cooler climates, we are going to go as far and wide as riesling does…Mosel and Rheingau in Germany, Alsace, Columbia Valley in the USA and even South Australia.
Now Riesling gets a bad rap for being overly sweet…but the truth is the residual sugar is balanced beautifully by levels of acidity that would send over grapes running for the hills…the wine needs both to be the luxurious yet zippy, rich yet lively wine we LOVE so much!!
5 WINES…sounds good to us!!
No nationwide delivery obviously as these are IN PERSON/IN-STORE tastings only. We still delivery nationwide on our LIVE virtual tastings but this is not one of those tastings!
The 'portions' are 75ml per person unless stated otherwise, and almost always teamed up with a delicious food pairing. There will be lots of opportunity to buy more wine afterwards if you so please...
All these are subject to change...but...here's the lineup!
- First up is a Mosel classic, the Maximin Grunhaus ‘Maximin’ . This Riesling has a charming lightness which makes it hard to resist. It is balanced and refreshing with aromas of fresh apples, yellow plum and pear and a lively, lifted finish.
- Next we are off to Alsace for the Cave de Ribeauville Riesling. This is an extremely elegant Alsace riesling with citrus and floral aromas. A fruity zesty wine with mineral character.
- Thirdly, to the new world we go for ‘The Merle’ Reserve Riesling by Pikes. A Clare Valley flagship. It's not often a 6-month-old riesling can be described as luscious, but that's the impact of this wine. It's citrus focused, has keynote acidity, but it's the honeyed mouthfeel that hits the jackpot.
- Our penultimate wine is house fav, from the Columbia valley in Washington State, the Chateau Ste Michelle ‘Eroica’. Eroica begins in the vineyard with Ernst Loosen and Chateau Ste. Michelle winemaker Bob Bertheau collaborating on all things terroir. Generous, just slightly off-dry Riesling made in Columbia Valley in collaboration with a legendary German Riesling producer, Dr Loosen; this is awash with limes and tangerines, with a touch of honey on the finish.
- Finally, the show stopper…a GG (German Grand Cru) the Berg Schlossberg GG Grand Cru Riesling by Weingut Leitz. The impressive Berg Schlossberg vineyard (meaning 'Castle Mountain') lies in the bend of the Rhine River, west of Rüdesheim. Steeper than anywhere else in the Rheingau it makes lush and generous Riesling with rounded tropical fruits given definition by tangy gooseberry and a breath of smoke and flint, with a fragrance of orange zest on the finish.
Serious wines, for (not very) serious folk...Should be an absolute spanker!!