presented by Caroline Furstoss, ‘Sommelière de l’Année 2014’
Wednesday 24 February 2016
A remarkable tasting with a remarkable presenter … and some nice food too.
The Club was honoured to host Caroline Furstoss, native of Alsace, ‘Sommelière de l’Année’ in 2014, columnist for the Revue du Vin de France and one of the few experts on the wines of her native region. In France, Caroline explained, it’s often difficult to get the French to take the wines of Alsace seriously. All those Germanic names, all those ‘lieux-dits’ to remember. However, a full house at Lady Margaret Hall on 24 February 2016 was very receptive.
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Richard Bampfield MW
Wednesday 20 January 2016
Well the evening started with a resounding pop, if not a bang! A capacity crowd were presented with the first flight of four sparkling wines that were selected for their typicity and quality. After some table based discussions Richard set proceedings in motion with the first challenge – what was wine number 1?
The majority of members and guests correctly identified the first wine as a Prosecco and discussions then changed to why this was a good example of Prosecco and what you should look out for in wine of this type. It was generally considered that this wine was fruity and fresh and easy to drink. Slightly off-dry, the wine was well balanced and had a good finish, if not the most complex of sparkling wines. The typical “nose” of pears was quite prevalent and another good identifier of a Prosecco. What people were surprised about was the fine bubbles which are not unusual for good quality Prosecco (typically people assume the tank method results in coarse, unintegrated bubbles). What was however noticed was that the wine did go flat more quickly than the other three in this flight, which were all traditional method.
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