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  • Glorious Greek Wine – Online in London

    Thursday, 7th July

    £15.00

    It’s no longer quite so easy to dismiss the idea of “good Greek wine”.  The days of nasty Retsina are long gone and the Greek wine scene now is positively bubbling with gifted growers and Greece’s own impressive arsenal of wonderful, unique and distinctive grape varieties.

    Of course, it doesn’t help that both grapes and regions are unfamiliar to most of us – and in a different alphabet!  But both repay time and tasting.  Now that we can access delicious and accessibly priced Greek wines much more easily here, we can explore the modern face of a culture of winemaking to which we owe so much.

    Time:  7.00 to 8.15 pm.

    Presenter:  Pippa Hayward and Sandy Leckie.

    Availability:  Good.

    Wine Suggestions:

    From Waitrose Cellar (https://www.waitrosecellar.com) – Atma Red (Xinomavro young vines) Naoussa, Thmiopoulos, ’20 (£11.99) and Muscat of Samos Vin Doux, ’20 £8.99).

    From Marks & Spencer – ‘Found Range’ Xinomavro/Mandilaria Thymiopoulos  (£ 9.50) and Moschofilero/Roditis, Semeli (£9.50).

    From Wine Society – The Society’s Greek White  Moschfilero/Roditis,   (£8.95) and Xinomavro Jeunes Vignes Thymiopoulos, ’20 (£11.95) and/or Mitravelas Ktima Agiorgitiko  (£12.50)

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  • Primitivo aka Zinfandel – Online in London

    Thursday, 21st July

    £15.00

    At the end of C18, a red grape variety called Tribidrag was brought across the Adriatic from Croatia to the heel of Italy, where it was renamed Primitivo.  An early ripener, it produced wine that was light, fruity and high in alcohol that became widely used for blending with established Italian varieties to produce bulk wine.  It was only at the end of C20, when grant aid funded significant improvements in grape growing and wine making that the potential of Primitive as a stand-alone variety became recognised.  At the same time, DNA research revealed that Primitivo and the American Znfandel were the same thing.

    Time:  7.00 to 8.15 pm.

    Presenter:  Vivienne with Malcolm Franks

    Availability:  Good.

    Wine Suggestions:

    From Waitrose Cellar (https://www.waitrosecellar.com) – Puglia, Organic Primitivo Appassimento, Ferre di Faiano, ’20 (offer £7.99) and Puglia, Primitivo di Manduria Riserva, Paololeo, ’19 (£11.99).

    From Majestic Wines (‘Mix Six’ prices) – Puglia, Primo Rosso Appassimento, ’20 (offer £7.99) and Australia (McLaren Vale), Primitivo, Kangarilla Road, ’18 (£10.99).

    From The Wine Society:  Puglia, Tarantino Primitivo Segnavento, Pervini, ‘19 (£8.25) and Primitivo di Manduria Achidamo,’19 (&11.50).

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  • Organic Biodynamic Natural & Orange Wine – Online in London

    Tuesday, 26th July

    £15.00

    There’s been a significant trend towards what is often called “natural wine” over the last 2 or 3 years.  Those two words encompass a very broad spectrum of practice, both in the vineyard and the cellar, some of it formally accredited and much of it not.   Whether “Organic’ or “Natural” or “Biodynamic”, we take a look behind the scenes to understand what these terms mean for the wine in your glass.  We’ll cover terms like vegan-friendly and skin contact and the use of sulphur in winemaking.

    Is this trend the next best thing since the proverbial sliced bread – or merely a return to traditional practice?

    If you don’t have a favourite organic or biodynamic wine to open, here are some options:-

    From Majestic Wines (‘Mix Six’ prices) – Biodynamic – Viognier, Domaine des Granges de Mirabel, M Chapoutier, ’19 (£12.99) and/or Organic – D.O.Terra Alta, Garnacha, Dardell, ’20 (£8.99) and/or Lirac, ‘Roquedon’, Alain Jaume ‘18 (£14.99).

    From The Wine Society – Organic – Anjou Blanc, ‘Le P’tit Chenin’, Château de la Roulerie, ’21 (£10.95) and/or Biodynamic – Sylvaner Reserve, Rolly Gassman, ‘19 (£13.95) and/or – Organic – Yecla, Monastrell, Parcelas Ecologico, (£7.95) and/or Biodynamic – Moselle, La Haut Bassières, Pinot Noir Château de Vaux ‘20, (£14.50) and/or – Skin Contact – Vinho Verde, Alvarinho, Anselmo Mende Contacto, Moncao & Melgaco, ‘20 (£12.95).

    Time:  7.00 to 8.15 pm.

    Presenter:  Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.

    Availability:  Good.

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  • The Wines Of Sicily – Online in London

    Thursday, 4th August

    £15.00

    Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, is a major producer of wine.  Because of its southerly location, it is often perceived to be a hot place.  In fact, cooling sea breezes allow grapes to be grown satisfactorily around the coast and hills and mountains in the interior of the island give ample scope for planting at altitude. In addition, the activity of Mount Etna, over the millennia, gives grape growers a wide variety of soil types to choose from.

    30 yeas ago, much of what was produced in Sicily was Bulk Wine.  Today the emphasis is firmly on Quality Wine.

    Time:  7.00 to 8.15 pm.

    Presenter:  Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.

    Availability:  Good.

    Wine Suggestions:

    From Waitrose Cellar (https://www.waitrosecellar.com) – Le Sebbie dell’Etna Bianco, ’20 (£12.99) and/or La Bella Sedara, Donnafugata, £19 (£14.99)

    From Majestic (Mix Six Prices) – Pietrariccia Fiano Surani, ’20 (£8.99) and/or ’Classic’ Etna Rosso, ’18 (£12.99)

    From The Wine Society – Grillo, Feudo Arancia, ’21 (£7.50) and/or Terre Sicilia Frappato, Mandraroossa, ’21 (£10.50)

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