It’s time for another session of our “Vintage Pairs” blind tasting series. The idea is simple – we put together a tasting of 10 wines and serve them blind. We guess where the wine is from and what it might be, reveal it, enjoy it, and talk about it. In each pair the two wines will be either the same wine in a different vintage (our classic approach), or the same producer and same vintage, but two cuvées or vineyards from the same grape variety(ies); or the same vineyard and same vintage, but two different producers of the same wine. As we begin each pair, we will announce which type of pair it is. We work deductively together to get to the answer of producer, vintage and name of the wine. Our goal is to select a range of wines that offer a bit of learning too, so wines you know combined with wines you may not know. Sometimes we bring in wines that aren’t on our list too, so studying our list won’t necessarily help you find the answer. This tasting is fun and interactive and appeals to both the beginner and advanced wine taster.
Here is what we served at the last 3 events –
Session Forty-one (15th June 2022)
1988 Piper Heidsieck Rare
2002 Piper Heidsieck Rare
2014 Caballus Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
2015 Caballus Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
2008 Maison M. Chapoutier Ermitage 'Le Pavillon'
2008 Thierry Allemand Cornas Chaillots
1985 Château Ducru Beaucaillou (Ex Château)
1985 Château Léoville-Las Cases
1989 Château Coutet 'Cuvée Madame'
1989 Château Suduiraut Crème de Tête
Session Forty-two (10th August 2022)
2019 Domaine Georges Vernay - Condrieu 'Les Chaillees de l'Enfer'
2019 Domaine Georges Vernay - Condrieu 'Coteau de Vernon'
2016 Maison Joseph Drouhin - Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru
2014 Maison Joseph Drouhin - Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru
2013 Stonyridge Vineyard - Larose
2010 Stonyridge Vineyard - Larose
2015 Vieux Chateau Certan
2010 Vieux Chateau Certan
Session Forty-three (25th October 2022)
2002 Pol Roger - Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill
1996 Pol Roger - Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill
2009 Weingut Zilliken - Saarburger Rausch Spätlese
1989 Weingut Zilliken - Saarburger Rausch Spätlese
2016 Niepoort - Turris
2016 Niepoort - Batuta
2001 Château Mouton Rothschild
2001 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
2013 Biondi Santi - Brunello di Montalcino Annata
2013 Biondi Santi - Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Of course, the wine selection for Wednesday 8th February will be completely different. But I assure you it will be interesting, and good value for the modest ticket price – we won’t reveal in advance what we will be tasting as that spoils part of the fun.
The event is a tasting – not a dinner – and so we start at 6.30pm prompt, and are finished by 8pm, so you can get to your dinner afterwards. Think of this as the most fun ‘cocktail hour’ of the month!