Hello wine lovers!

Elegance in a glass was in one word….. Delicious!  I think we all went away with at least one new wine to add to our “buy again” list and a bunch of new expressions to challenge our palate, open our minds and add to our wine repertoire.

This theme was all about exploring some more unique varietals, refined and interesting flavours and new regions.  Even though some of these wines were not what you would call “main stream” most are pretty available at your local wine store!

I will outline the wines below in the order that we tasted them and with the groups average score out of 5.


De Chanceny Cremant de Loire Rose Brut, France
Groups Score: 3.5
This is a crowd pleasing bubbly of amazing value – a must try this summer


Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Main Sur Lie, 2014, France
Group Score: 3.2
This was the most polarizing wine of the night – one people either loved or maybe wasn’t on their must buy list!  It is dry and very interesting with crisp apple and pear notes, and maybe a little river rock and floral notes, if that sounds up your alley, give it a try!


Stina Cuvee white, 2016, Croatia
Group Score: 3.3
This was our first eye-opener!  A blend from Croatia of Posip, Vuguva and Chardonnay it was interesting and smooth and great value.


Naoussa Boutari, 2016, Greece
Group Score: 3.0
This wine is what I will call a food wine, made from the local Xinomavro grapes it was transformed and almost completely different when tasted alone or with a bite of something – a great experiment to show you how much this can make a difference! For some it was their favourite of the night and others their least favourite – a testament to how individual the wine experience can be and all that really matters is if you enjoy it!


Chateauneuf du Pape Clos de L’oratoire, 2015, France
Group Score: 4.0
Tied for high-score for the night this wine is truly elegant, complex, interesting and well worth a try for your next nice “dinner in”.


Garzon Tannat Reserva, 2015, Uruguay
Group Score:  4.0
The second high-score of the night this is another crowd pleaser that is such good value you can’t NOT give it a try!

Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos Chateau Dereszla, Hungary
Group Score: 3.7
This Tokaji is a dessert wine yes, but not to be “pigeon holed” as such, it has a complexity and acidity that holds up to the sweetness making it superbly balanced – a perfect end to a meal!


There you have it – a run down on our evening and some amazing wines that I hope you will give a try!

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