Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Wined !!

The first of the WINTER RED series got off to a great start at Hawkshead Lodge in Wanaka  on Wednesday night  May 25th.

Rosa started off the evening with a glass of SYN – sparkling Shiraz- from Coonawarra in Australia ( home of Penfolds Grange)

I introduced Rioja, Montepulciano, Vins de Languedoc; Chateau Paul Mas up against D’arenburgs The Stump Jump ( Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre Blend), Bordeaux ( entre-deux-mers) up again Martinborough’s Te kairanga Runholder; Merlot Cab Franc blend, along with a wonderful range of Gibbston chedddar and Whitestone Brie and Blue cheeses

14 people gathered to hear about the various regions and discuss the differences between 6 very different wines and after learning how to swirl sniff sip and swallow we discussed the various merits of the wines, and also the group started to recognise the diferent smells of the varietals displayed.

All in all a great time was had by all and we look forward to the next one in our winter series.

Rosa Stackhouse – Miller – Wine Educator

Wine Appreciation, Enlightenment & Wine Tours – Central Otago


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