Friday, 28 November 2014

Majestic Winter Wine Tasting

Another great evening of wine - this time of year it seems there are many wine events on but what could be better on these cold wet winter evenings. Hubby and I took the train - thank you Cross Country, it's great to be able to reserve seats - to Leicester for Majestic's Winter Wine Tasting.

The shop was set up so we could browse along the aisles with tasting stations along the way - all the staff were really friendly and knowledgeable. It was a great atmosphere with many other wine enthusiasts chatting and tasting as we wandered around the room.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée - our first English sparkling wine, full of bubbles in the glass, not as biscuit as champagne but a good bubbly, although the bubbles did disappear in the glass quite quickly.

As Caixas Godello Martin Codaz - another first, this wine's nose was full of melon and lemon, it's palette was lighter than I expected with a lovely lemon finish.

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc - my favourite grape and this New World wine was just lovely, a light gooseberry, elderflower nose with a good depth on the palette.

We also tasted Vigne Il Giardino Pinot Grigio and Chablis 1er Cru Fourchame Séguinot-Bordet, both were good wines as were Beefsteak Club Malbec and Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso La Casetta.

I surprised myself as I really liked these two riojas;

Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva with a beautiful deep fruit nose and a smooth slightly oaked dark fruit palette

Marques de Riscal Rioja with a deeper nose, fuller palette with a hint of vanilla

As well as wine the Majestic team had a beautiful tawny port.

Warre's Otima 10-year-old Tawny Port - such a beautiful colour, honeyed palette, with a nutty finish that just lasts and lasts - it was an endless after taste that gave more and more.

Warner Edwards were at the tasting with their superb gin. They take their 'farm's pure, natural spring water, grain spirit, hone-grown elderflower, plus ten other botanicals' to make a very good smooth gin.

And Purity Brewing Co. were presenting their wonderful range of beer - they are a Warwickshire brewery near Stratford-on-Avon who started in 2005 and produce 'high quality beers in a natural and sustainable way'.

Pure Gold has a light bitter taste with a beautiful golden colour, Mad Goose is a pale ale with citrus notes, and UBU a darker beer with a slightly sweeter taste, but my favourite was Saddle Back, a lovely dark beer with chocolate and coffee notes, just perfect.

It was a really good evening, thanks to everyone at Majestic and the representatives from Warner Edwards & Purity Brewing Co.

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