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Upcoming Events in Your Place via Zoom

  • The History of Wine- Online in London

    Thursday, 20th January

    £15.00

    Key moments in the history of wine from the Stone Age to the present day.

    Time:  7.00 to 8.15 pm.

    Presenter:  Sandy Leckie.

    Availability:  Good.

    Wine Suggestions:  Just pour a glass or two of a favourite wine to enjoy with the webinar.

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  • Burns’ Night Celebration – Online in London

    Tuesday, 25th January

    £15.00

    On or about 25th January every year, Scots around the world gather, with their friends, to celebrate the birthday of the national Bard, Robert Burns (1797 to 1797).  A supper is normally organised at which speeches are made, poems read, songs sung, and a traditional meal of haggis, neeps and tatties eaten along with liberal quantities of wine and whisky.  The meal is sometimes followed by an eightsome reel or three.  The singing of Auld Lang Syne brings the gathering to a close. We will be creating a celebratory evening for you with the help of some fine video material (‘simultaneous translation’ will be provided, where necessary).

    Presenter:  Sandy Leckie.

    Availability:  Good.

    Food and Drink Suggestions:  Putting a Burns Night supper together is easy.  You’ll find slices of haggis (meat and vegetarian versions and packs of mashed turnip and potato) in most supermarkets across the UK in the second half of January.  Some even stock Burns Night suppers as TV dinners!  A full-bodied red wine (Côtes-du-Rhône or similar) will match the rich, spicy flavours of the haggis well.  As for Whisky, a miniature of a highland Malt will do just fine.  Now, dinna fasch yersel! Don’t feel obliged to ‘go native’.  Feel free to join in with your own choice of things to eat and drink.

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  • Classic Grape – Tempranillo – Online in London

    Tuesday, 1st February

    £15.00

    Spain grows 87% of the world’s Tempranillo.  It’s Spain’s most planted red grape variety.  The two major regions in which it is grown are Rioja, in north central Spain, and Ribera del Duero, which lies a little farther to the south.  Substantial quantities are also grown in Navarra, Penedés and Valdepeñas.  It’s grown in Portugal under the pseudonym of Tinta Roriz or Aragonez and is gaining favour in the New World.

    Presenter:  Vivienne with Malcolm Franks.

    Availability:  Good.

    Wine Suggestions:

    From Waitrose Cellar (https://www.waitrosecellar.com) – Rioja Reserva, Beronia, ‘16 (£14.99) and Ribera del Duero Reserva, Montecastro, ‘16 (£26.99).

    From The Wine Society – Rioja Reserva, Glorioso, ‘16 (£11.95) and Ribera del Duero Reserva, Bóhorquez, ‘11 (£21.50).

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  • Andalucia – Online in London

    Tuesday, 15th February

    £15.00

    Forever associated with that quintessentially English habit of Sherry drinking, Andalucian wines are changing.  Within Sherry itself, recent changes to production rules reflect a dynamic region, keen to conserve the best of its past and protect its future by bringing unfortifed wines back into the fold while protecting the role of the Almacenista in maturing exceptional fine Sherry.

    Beyond the Sherry region, high up in the Sierras above Ronda and Cadiz, still wine production is flourishing now – who would have guessed that Andalucia could produce good Pinot Noir?

    We spend an evening in the company of wonderful wines and the cultural richness of the finest Moorish legacy in Europe.

    Time:  7.00 to 8.15 pm.

    Presenter:  Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.

    Availability:  Good.

    Wine Suggestions:

    From Waitrose Cellar (https://www.waitrosecellar.com) – ‘On the QT’ – The Sherry Edition Barrel 5171A, Amontillado, Gonzalez Byass ‘10 (£19.99 – 50 cl.) and/or ‘On the QT – The Sherry Edition Barrel 71E63, Fino Anada, Gonzalez Byass, ‘10 (£19.99 – 50 cl.) and/or ‘Pastrana’, Manzanilla Pasada, Hidalgo (£12.99)

    From the Wine Society –

    Cayetano del Pino Palo Cortado Viejisimo 1-5 (£22.00 – half Bottle) and/or Hidalgo ‘Pastrana’, Manzanilla Pasada, Hidalgo (£12.50)

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  • Wines From Oregon – Online in London

    Tuesday, 22nd February

    £15.00

    Over the last 50 years, the State of Oregon has built a high reputation for the quality of its Pinot Noir and that variety now accounts for around 60% of total plantings.  Perhaps surprisingly, Pinot Gris accounts for around 13% with a plethora of other varieties making up the balance.

    Time:  7.00 to 8.15 pm.

    Presenter:  Vivienne with Malcolm Franks.

    Availability:  Good.

    Wine Suggestions:

    To follow.

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  • White Rhône – Online in London

    Tuesday, 8th March

    £15.00

    Although around 90% of the wine produced in the Rhone Valley is red or rosé, there are some excellent whites as this tasting will demonstrate.

    Time:  7.00 to 8.15 pm.

    Presenter:  Vivienne with Malcolm Franks.

    Availability:  Good.

    Wine Suggestions:

    From Waitrose Cellar (https://www.waitrosecellar.com) – Côtes-du-Rhône Saint-Vincent Blanc, Gabriel Meffre, ‘20 (£9.99) and Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Clos Saint-Michel, ‘20 (£22.99).

    From The Wine Society – Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Guigal, ‘20 (£10.95) and Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Château Mont-Redon, ‘20 (£21.00).

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