Stuck for what to do this Valentine's Night? Tired of being shoehorned into a restaurant full of "tables for two"? Then what better way to spend Tuesday 14th February with the wine you love than at the Northern Ireland Wine & Spirit Institute, tasting some of the finest bubbles the world has to offer. Our Vice-Presidents Peter Morris Wilson & Susan Rees are joined by recent WSET Level 2 Wine Award winner TC Mine Bennett in presenting some of the most romantic wines from Champ
On Tuesday we welcomed Anne McHale MW back to the institute following on her star turn last year. Having left Berry Brothers & Rudd, Anne had taken the opportunity ti spend the harvest working in the Keermont Vineyard in Stellenbosch, South Africa. She availed us of tales of long days of back breaking and exhausting work carrying out some of the basic processes in all wineries, before moving on to speak about the various techniques and methods used by winemakers the across th
If ever a title of a tasting was understated, it was this one. Last night our three Vice Presidents treated us to one of the most eagerly anticipated tastings we've ever had at the Institute. From the time the circular went out and the wines were revealed, it was clear we were in for something very special. A First Growth; a First Growth second wine; a Second Growth; a Second Growth second wine; a Third Growth, and to start us off, we only had Bollinger and an Imperial sized
Our President returned for his annual tasting, and first since his retirement after 44 years in the wine industry. As well as bringing some lovely weather, Robin brought along a selection of Loire wines available through the Wine Society. The institutes kind thanks must go to Alastair and Mildred for contributing the sparkling wine to kick us off for the evening - the Touraine Brut, 2000 was a great way to start. The Muscadet Sur Lie and Chinon Blanc were followed by three co
Leon's tasting was my first venture into wines from the Languedoc Roussillon region, and I was surprised at the wide variety available. It was clear from his detailed knowledge that he has spent an awful lot of time making visits off the beaten track and at personal recommendations to discover and research so many wines, and it would appear that he's either very fortunate or very studious to find so many good producers. #France #FineWines #Languedoc #Roussillon
A beautiful sunny morning welcomed us onto the continent as we continued our journey to Alsace and to continue the theme, yet another first for me - Luxembourg wines!
Our first tasting of the day however was again en route aboard our luxury coach as we sampled four wines from producers we won't have the opportunity to visit during our stay. Two wines from Cave de Ribeauvillé Collection - a Gewürztraminer- Muscat, 'Andante' and a Pinot Gris - and one each from Domaine Bott-G