It is pretty much impossible to cover both of these large wine-producing countries in the Beginner’s Course so here on the Advanced Course we focussed on some of the lesser known wines as well as discovering even more quality areas.

During the Italy and Spain Update session in November 2014, we tasted:

Marques de Alarcon, (Macabeo/Verdejo), Vdt Castilla, Spain, Inma Perez for Marks and Spencer, 2012, MYR65

*Nemorino, (Trebbiano/Semillon), Toscana IGT, Italy, I Giusti & Zanca, 2013, MYR80

**Pigreco, (Syrah/Merlot/Cabernet Franc), Rosso d’Italia, Tuscany, Roberto Cipresso, 2011, MYR92

***Faustino I Gran Reserva, (Tempranillo/Graciano/Mazuelo), Rioja DOCa, Spain, Bodegas Faustino, 2001, MYR179

*aged in french barrels for 4 months on lees
**aged in french oak barrels 50% new
***26 months in french and american oak

Food & Wine Matching:

Jamie’s Potato & Chorizo Omelette
Cheese Platter (Smoked, Emmental, Gorgonzola)



During the session in October 2013, we tasted:

Las Falleras, (Macabeo), Valencia DO, Spain, Pablo Orsolo for Marks & Spencer, 2011, MYR39

Bodega Castro Martin, (Albarino), Rias Baixas DO, Spain, Angela Martin for Marks & Spencer, 2011, MYR129

Fuligni, Rossi di Montalcino DOC, Tuscany, Italy, (Sangiovese), 2010, MYR99

Finca Ayles, Y de Ayes VP from DO, Carinena, Spain, (Grenache/Tempranillo/Merlot/Cabernet), 2010, MYR110

Food & Wine Matching:

Sicilian Pasta with Tomatoes, Garlic & Almonds


During the session in May 2013, we tasted:

Cuatro Rayas (Verdejo), Rueda DO, Spain, 2011,  M&S, MYR65

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC, Italy, Santa Barbara Winery for M&S, 2010, MYR65

Marques de Alarcon, (Tempranillo/Syrah), Vino de la Tierra Castilla, Spain, Inma Perez for M&S, 2011, MYR65

Nebbiolo, Langhe DOC, Italy, Renato Ratti for M&S, 2010, MYR125

Food & Wine Matching:

(One of Jamie Oliver’s 30 minute meals):

Lemon & Herb Pasta
Pancetta & Grape Salad
and Tiramisu Veloce

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