Wine tastings: a list of organised wine tasting events

Lucca, Tuscany - 2002 Anteprima (En Primeur)   (31st May 2003)

Part of a marvellous tasting of unreleased wines from the coastal provinces of Tuscany. The tasting - Anteprima Vini della Costa Toscana - took place in the elegant setting of Villa Bottini, Lucca.

Livorno, Tuscany - 2002 Anteprima (En Primeur)   (31st May 2003)

Flight 2 of a marvellous tasting of unreleased wines from the coastal provinces of Tuscany. The tasting - Anteprima Vini della Costa Toscana - took place in the elegant setting of Villa Bottini, Lucca.

Tuscany 2000 - an anteprima (en primeur) tasting   (11th Jun 2001)

A tasting in Lucca's Villa Bottini, hosted by the Consortium of Colline Lucchesi Wines. This was a splendid array of rich, dark wines from the 2000 vintage (opaque and purple!).

Villa Le Corti - Great Wines of Tuscany   (5th May 2001)

A superb opportunity to taste the best of Tuscany in the courtyard of a splendid villa south of Florence. More than eighty wineries showing some of their finest wines.

A Selection of Italian Fine Wines   (11th Sep 2000)

My first tasting in a while and my first since moving to Italy. I presented these wines to a lively, informed group of Swedish nurses (no, really!) who kept me on my toes with a series of questions (hence the sparse notes).

Wines of Domaine Rolly-Gassman   (2nd May 2000)

A small tasting accompanied by several dishes. The Pinot Blanc and Riesling showed far more on their own, while the Auxerois and the Gewurztraminer made the best matches with food.

Chateau Musar - A vertical tasting   (2nd May 2000)

A vertical of Lebanon's best known wine, which I presented at Peckham's in Glasgow. It seemed to be now or never for this tasting, as more and more of the back vintages disappear.

Muscat and Nebbiolo   (4th Apr 2000)

A tasting with my Wine Appreciation Group, Bearsden Academy

Lustau Sherries   (1st Feb 2000)

Lustau sells these wonderful wines in a six pack of half bottles - an excellent ready-built tasting. I presented these to my Wine Appreciation group, Bearsden Academy.

Wines of Veneto   (25th Jan 2000)

Presented to my Clydebank College Introduction to Wine Appreciation group at Bearsden Academy.

Top Shelf Tasting   (20th Jan 2000)

A brief spell with Peckhams in Glasgow - this was a selection of fine wines from their exceptional range.

Italy and California   (28th Oct 1999)

A selection of wines from Peckhams, Glasgow

Mixed Bag   (12th Aug 1999)

I presented this selection of fine wines at the University of Glasgow Staff Club.

Ivo's Birthday   (1st Aug 1999)

…Let's all bring a bottle of something interesting and have a tasting…

Small Selection of Fine Wines   (3rd Jun 1999)

Some very enjoyable bottles shared over an excellent meal.

Gonzalez Byass Sherries with Brian Calder   (1st Jun 1999)

This tasting was hosted by Brian Calder, the Scottish MD of Gonzalez Byass who alternated between slugs of Tio Pepe and insults as he led us through the wines. An excellent, informative tasting that was also good fun.

Spicy Reds   (17th May 1999)

A tasting I presented at Glasgow University

Bordeaux 1996   (28th Apr 1999)

A blind tasting of wines from the 1996 vintage. Two ringers were included: a Merlot from the Barossa Valley, and a 1985 St Julien.

1996 Bordeaux   (21st Apr 1999)

A tasting of 11 clarets and a Sauternes in Glasgow - presented by Sarah Springett. The wines had been opened 6 to 8 hours in advance and had softened considerably.

Hermitage La Chapelle Tasting (and More??)   (17th Apr 1999)

This was an incredible tasting - one of the most impressive I've ever attended

U.S. of A. 1995 and 1996   (3rd Mar 1999)

Some very impressive wines that I presented at Glasgow University College Club

Assorted Australians   (26th Feb 1999)

An assortment of Australian table wines - blind tasting with wines revealed after each sample/pair of samples

American Cabernet   (25th Feb 1999)

A blind tasting of American Cabernet Sauvignon in Edinburgh.

Private Tasting   (17th Feb 1999)

An assortment that I presented at an office tasting.

New Arrivals   (8th Feb 1999)

An assortment of recently arrived wines, presented at Glasgow University College Club.

Private Tasting - Assorted Wines   (5th Feb 1999)

No real theme here, just the opportunity to taste some new arrivals!

Assorted French Classics   (20th Jan 1999)

These are notes from a private tasting I attended

Cloud Nine   (25th Nov 1998)

Some of the best wines I had to hand - the tasting included Grange 1993 and Chateau d'Yquem, although I didn't taste the latter due to out of condition samples.

Alsace and Bordeaux   (2nd Nov 1998)

An assortment of wines from Hugel and from Bordeaux.

Rhone and Loire   (7th Oct 1998)

A fine wine tasting in Glasgow. The wines were presented in the following groups for comparison: a. 1 white Chateauneuf; b.

Wine Fair - Australian Reds   (13th Sep 1998)

Assorted Australian red wines tasted at a wine fair in Edinburgh

Wine fair - Australian Whites   (13th Sep 1998)

Assorted Australian white wines from a wine fair in Edinburgh

Wine fair - Whites   (13th Sep 1998)

Assorted white wines from a wine fair in Edinburgh

Wine Fair - Reds   (13th Sep 1998)

Assorted red wines from a wine fair in Edinburgh

Old World - New World   (27th Aug 1998)

A light-hearted, competitive tasting that I presented. Four French wines and one Italian represented the Old World.

Wine with Game (WINE Magazine)   (25th Aug 1998)

Presented by WINE Magazine and The Ubiquitous Chip Restaurant in Glasgow. During the first part of the tasting, fifteen wines and a malt whisky were presented blind.

Assorted Fine Wines   (20th Aug 1998)

A mixed bag I showed in Glasgow

Red Burgundy   (11th Jun 1998)

A fine wine tasting, Glasgow. I presented the wines blind, in pairs. The first two wines were identical - with different breathing times.

New Lines   (5th May 1998)

A fine wine tasting, Glasgow

Fine wines - April   (9th Apr 1998)

A tasting at Downing College Cambridge

Assorted Fine Wines   (6th Apr 1998)

A fine wine tasting, Glasgow. I presented the wines blind, in pairs.

1996 White Burgundy   (2nd Mar 1998)

A fine wine tasting, Glasgow

1995 Claret   (9th Feb 1998)

A fine wine tasting, Glasgow. The wines were presented blind, without breathing.

Lustau Sherries   (31st Jan 1998)

An assortment of deluxe sherries provided by Lustau.

Fine wines - January   (21st Jan 1998)

Assorted new arrivals.

Christmas Tasting   (8th Dec 1997)

A fine wine tasting in Glasgow

Winter Selection   (17th Nov 1997)

A real treat here - the rain was falling and the temperature was dropping.

Chapoutier - the Whites   (15th Oct 1997)

Presented by Marc Chapoutier, Tain l'Hermitage.

Chapoutier - the Reds   (15th Oct 1997)

Presented by Marc Chapoutier, Tain l'Hermitage.

Chapoutier - Selection Parcellaire   (15th Oct 1997)

Presented by Marc Chapoutier, Tain l'Hermitage.

Joseph Drouhin - The Whites   (14th Oct 1997)

Presented by Frederic Drouhin, Beaune.

Joseph Drouhin - The Reds   (14th Oct 1997)

Presented by Frederic Drouhin, Beaune.

Pol Roger Champagne   (4th Sep 1997)

Presented by Hubert de Billy of Pol Roger

Pinot Noirs   (25th Aug 1997)

A fine wine tasting I presented in Froggies Restaurant, Glasgow.

Fine wines - November   (1st Nov 1996)

An assortment of interesting new arrivals.

Fine wines - August   (16th Aug 1996)

Assorted new arrivals.

 
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