Ugh, December has just been too busy! Too many events, meet-ups, trips and other stuff to go to; I’ve been swamped with busyness. 

I’ve been to a couple of London Bloggers meet-ups now and I like the format of them. This time it was sponsored by a couple of winery bloggers, who each donated a bottle of their wine for some wine tasting. Robert McIntosh from WineConversation.com organized it all, and also gave a little presentation about wine and how the one thing he wanted to achieve with this evening was to get people talking and thinking about wine.

London Bloggers Meet-up 9-12-08

Now I’m horrible with wine; the names, grapes, everything. Most of the time I let Cristiano choose, cause I really don’t know the difference between the types (or I’ll just order a sweet white wine or something down that lines). This evening hasn’t really helped me yet, but I think I should read up a bit more about wines and figure out what I exactly like.

That evening I tried seven of the ten wines they had and a couple really stood out to me. I started with the wine I liked the most: the Riesling Auslese 2003. It was a nice fruity white wine, very light and sweet and easy to drink. The second white wine I tried was a Riesling Kabinett 2007, which was much drier and less tasty in my opinion than the first one I tried, but still way better than the usual fair I have. The final white wine I tried was a Vivanco Viura, but that too was quite dry compared to my first one.

From the red wines, none of them really spoke to me. I tend to prefer white over red, but this time all the red wines (at least the two that I tried) were slightly too heavy for me. Those were the Cortes de Cima Syrah, and the Dinastia Vivanco. Looking at the blog posts from others at the meet-up, I think I should have tried Higuerela wine or the Morellino de Scansano.

London Bloggers Meet-up 9-12-08

The last two wines I tried were a port and a sherry. The port was a Quevedo Reserva Tawny Port and I really the nice strong taste of this wine. As I expected, I didn’t like the sherry; it’s just not a taste I can appreciate (my Spanish flat mates come from the Sherry region in Spain and brought us one of their wines last year. Never finished that bottle, cause I really didn’t like it).

Here’s the complete list of wines at the tasting:

  1. Vivanco Viura/Malvasia 2007, Bodegas Dinastia Vivanco –  thirstforrioja.co.uk
  2. Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2007, Weingut Clauer – winzerblog.de
  3. Higueruela 2007, from Sta. Quiteria – tintoralba.com
  4. Dinastia Vivanco Crianza 2004, Bodegas Dinastia Vivanco – thirstforrioja.co.uk
  5. Bellamarsilia 2007, Poggio Argentiera – poggioargentiera.com
  6. CVP 2007, La Casa de las Vides – casavides.com
  7. Syrah 2004, Cortes de Cima – cortesdecima.com
  8. Antique Oloroso Sherry from Fernando de Castilla – jerez-xerez-sherry.blogspot.com
  9. Special Reserve Tawny Port, Quevedo Port – Quevedoportwine.com
Thanks to Robert from WineConversation.com and all the winery blogs for creating such an interesting and fun evening. Hopefully I can learn a bit more about wine in the future!

3 Comments

Morjana says:

Melinda, wishing you and Cristiano and your families a very joyous Holiday Season and best wishes for 2009!

Thank you so much for your always delightful blog. I don’t comment often enough, but I visit every day, and I look forward to the visits.

Love your photographs lately. They’re so lovely and inventive.

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Hi Melinda,

Thank you very much for tasting our wine. Since you found it too heavy I would challenge you to taste our Chaminé Branco (white) and then our Chaminé Tinto (red), they are both young and fresh wines that go very well with all type of meals or even solo. If you do taste them let me know what you think ;)

Cheers!

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