World of Wine- Germany, Alsace, Austria and England
A fascinating evening tasting some of Europe's often overlooked treasures! This tasting will showcase an array of elegant, clean, crisp whites from aromatic Alsatian Gewurztraminer to refreshing Austrian Gruner Veltliner- plenty of new and exciting wines to try! Many of these countries' great wines are overlooked because the grape varieties are unfamilar, with hard to pronounce Germanic names! People often assume the wines will be sweet and hesitate to pick them off the shelf. Tonight we will lift the curtain on these great wines, challenge your preconceptions and introduce you to some new favourites!
Part 1: Germany & Alsace
Alsace shares much of its food and wine heritage with Germany having been part of the historical German-speaking empire. The great river Rhine acts as the border between the two, but along both banks the great variety Riesling reigns supreme. This often misunderstood grape is responsible for many of the world's finest white wines and tonight we will enjoy it in several guises. In Alsace they prefer their Riesling dry, robust, waxy and lemon-filled; over in Germany their Riesling is delicate, low in alcohol, more floral and sometimes (but not always) with a touch of fruity sweetness. We will show you how to interpret the different styles and how you can shop with confidence, whether you are looking for a drier or sweeter example. By the end of this tasting we are sure you will agree that Riesling really does reign supreme! We will also taste Alsace's great Gewurtraminer, a grape varierty instantly recognisable from its distinctive turkish delight scented aromas, and learn how to partner it with spicy food.
Part 2: Austria & UK
Both of these historical wine producing countries have come on leaps and bounds in recent years- making wines of outstanding quality. Like Alsace, the vast majority of Austrian wines are bone dry and beautifully crisp; the apple and lime filled Gruner Veltliner, is often an instant favourite with Sauvignon Blanc fans, with its peppery finish. It is also an excellent match for many spicy dishes- a perfect match for that Chinese takeaway! Over in the UK, winemakers have been winning plaudits and awards for their fine sparkling wines, but less well publicised are the fragrant whites made from historic varieties like Baccus. So come along to this unique and unusual tasting to learn about a world of wines which are too often overlooked!
All tastings include; minimum of 6 wines sourced locally so you can find them easily if you like them, full tasting notes, tasting sheet, use of professional tastings glasses and nibbles.
Places remaining: 10
Course Date/Time: Thu 15th Mar 2018 at 7pm-9pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: Ham & Friends, 7 Merrion Street, Leeds