Introduction to Tasting

The first week of any of my courses is always a simple introduction to the wine tasting system from the WSET (Wines and Spirits Education Trust).  For this we need a selection of wines covering light whites to & reds, trying a rosé is always a nice bonus. We then assess differences in acidity and body for each wine which gives us a good groundwork for the rest of the course.

During the Introductory session in September 2015, we tasted:

Sauvignon Blanc, Arrigo Bidoli for Marks and Spencer, Friuli DOC, Grave, Italy, 2012, MYR79

*Villiera, (Chenin Blanc), Jeff Grier for Marks and Spencer, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2012, MYR119

White Box, (Unknown Blend), Stuart Wines, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia, 2011, MYR67

**Church Block, (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Shiraz), Wirra Wirra Vineyards, McLaren Vale, South Australia, 2012, MYR122

*”Traditional Barrel Fermented” a little botrytised fruit added, french oak used for fermentation and ageing.
**Matured in 70% French, 30% American Oak barriques for 18 months.

Food and Wine Matching:

The Ultimate Greek Salad
Budino di Cioccolato with Berries

 

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During the Introductory session in September 2014, we tasted:

Pinot Grigio, Hungary, for Marks and Spencer, 2012, MYR55

*Cuvee Adeleine, (Roussane/Clairette), Ventoux AOC, S Rhone, France, Chateau Unang, 2011, MYR74

Rosé d’Anjou, (Grolleau/Gamay/Pineau d’Aunis), Rosé d’Anjou AOC, Loire Valley, France, Caves de L’Angevine, 2013, MYR65

**Limited Lot, (Merlot/Shiraz/Cabernet Franc), Margaret River, Western Australia, Miles from Nowhere, 2011, MYR74

*20% of the Roussane matured in French oak for 5 months
**16 months maturation in “a combination of oak”

Food and Wine Matching:

Mushroom Tapenade
Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Salad
Brie
Italian Chocolate Pudding

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 During the Introductory session in February 2014, we tasted:

Classic Organic Blend, (Clairette/Roussane/Grenache Blanc),  Ventoux AOC, Rhone, France, Chateau Unang, 2012, MYR64

*Villiera, (Chenin Blanc), Stellenbosch, South Africa, Jeff Grier for Marks & Spencer, 2010, MYR119

Catarratto Rosé Frizzante,  (Pinot Grigio), Terre Seciliane IGT, Italy, E Finazzer for Marks & Spencer, NV, MYR55

Corbieres AOP, France, (Carignan/Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre), Gerard Bertrand for Marks & Spencer, 2011, MYR59

* A small addition of Botrytized fruit for complexity. French oak for Barrel Fermentation and ageing 40% fermented in oak, then removed, balance left sur lie for 3 months.

Food and Wine Matching:

Chicken Liver and Port Paté with toast and cruditiés
Smoked Salmon on wholemeal breads
Chocolate Raspberry Hearts (combined with Chocolate Marsala Cake)

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During the Introductory session in February 2013, we tasted:

Pinot Grigio made for Marks & Spencer, Hungary, 2011, MYR55

Belleruche, (Grenache Blanc, Clairette & Bourboulenc), Cotes du Rhone AOC, Perrin & Fils, France, 2011, MYR82

Rosé, (Cinsault 40%,  Grenache 30% &  Syrah 30%), Ventoux AOC, Chateau Unang, S Rhone, France, 2011, MYR64

La Croix, (Grenache 70%, Syrah 30%), Ventoux, AOC, Chateau Unang, S Rhone, France, 2008, MYR89

Food & Wine Matching:

As I expected the Belleruche to be pretty full of character I thought I would try this mini-frittata recipe.  The fillings turned out to be a perfect match for the pink and the red wines too, delicious!

Mini Spinach, Mushroom and Sun-Dried Tomato Frittatas
Cheeses: Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Smoked Austrian Cheese with Pepper
Budino di Cioccolato

During the Introductory sessions in October 2012 we tasted:

Equinox, Pinot Gris, Wairapa Hills, New Zealand, 2011, MYR85

San Pietro, Pinot Grigio, Alto-Adige, Italy, 2011, MYR63

Rosé de Phelan Segur, Bordeaux AOC, France, 2011, MYR65 (out of stock)

Rosso, I Giusti & Zanza, Tuscany, Italy, 2007, MYR66 (out of stock)

Food & Wine Matching:

Two of the wines were from Italy making it appropriate to use a few Italian dishes.  I always like to try to match red wines and chocolate in the Introductory sessions to open students’ minds to this wonderful combination.

Bruschette with Tomato & Basil
Mozzarella, Basil & Tomato Salad
Cheeses: Gorgonzola, Red Leicester, Cheddar, Smoked Austrian Cheese with Pepper
Budino di Cioccolato