November 11th was our 2nd birthday, and like any proud parent, we threw a birthday bash to rival all birthday bashes.
It was a night filled with fine wines, delicious cheeses and some first-class entertainment.
Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us; we had a great night and, judging by the photos, you all did too.
We would also like to thank our sponsors and partners who provided the incredibles wines, foods and gifts which were enjoyed by all.
At your request here are the top 12 wines of the event:
Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Bertiol, extra dry - Delicate apple and yeasty characters - soft and enjoyable. Made with Prosecco di Valdobbiadene grapes, this has a straw colour and small, attractive bubbles. Light, fruity aromas of fresh green apples and pears plus a hint of yeastiness on the nose lead to a creamy, softly sparkling palate with some nutty richness on the finish. An excellent example of the style.
Pinot Grigio de Purcari 2013 - The relatively pale colour with green highlights suggests this will be Pinot Grigio in the Italian mode, but the nose and palate deliver a far more Alsatian experience, full-bodied, almost viscous, with exotic and candied fruit notes and an engagingly savoury note on the finish that makes this a perfect foil for white meats as well as full-bodied fish dishes. No oak. £9.99 per bottle / case of 12 for £7.99 a bottle. Order with Winerist.
Rara Neagra Purcari 2010 - 'Rara Neagră', indigeneous Moldovan red variety translating to the 'rare black one'. The taste is full, velvety, with light notes of dried fruit and vanilla. No oak has been used, just stainless steel. £9.99 per bottle / case of 12 for £7.99 a bottle. Order with Winerist.
Negru de Purcari 2011 - Vintage reserve red dry wine with an intense and complex nose alludes of sweet fruit reminiscent of ripe plums and figs. With time, the wine’s aroma evolves into whiffs and layers of mixed spice, liquor and saffron. £17.99 per bottle / case of 12 for £15.99 a bottle. Order with Winerist.
Font de la Figuera – Priorat DOQ Blanco 2013 - Lively citrus pith and pear skin aromas are complicated by anise, white flowers and dusty minerals. Firm and juicy on the palate, offering zesty lime and orange flavors and a gingery topnote. 85% Viognier, 10% Grenache Blanc, 5% Chenin Blanc. £19 per bottle. Not available in the UK. Order with Winerist exclusively here.
Font de la Figuera – Priorat DOQ Tinto 2011 - Heady dark berry and floral pastille scents are complemented by suggestions of smoky minerals, licorice and cracked pepper. Finishes with strong spicy kick and sneaky tannins, leaving sweet dark fruit notes behind. 60% Grenache, 10% Carignan, 30% Syrah, Mourvedre and Cabernet Sauvignon. £19 per bottle. Not available in the UK. Order with Winerist exclusively here.
Chianti Classico Viticcio 2012 - The classic wine of Viticcio. Made from the Sangiovese grapes of all our various vineyards with a small addition of Merlot. Deep red ruby colour with good hue and intensity. Fruity, refined and elegant with great forest fruits taste, combined with hints of various spices. Tasty on the palate with light tannin and a lasting tinge. 95% Sangiovese 5 % Merlot. £14 a bottle / case of 12 for £11 a bottle. Not available in the UK. Order with Winerist exclusively here.
Greppicante Bolgheri 2012 - Delivers currant, toasty oak and coffee aromas and flavours. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a lot of rich fruit. Very polished and attractive. A Super Tuscan blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc. £14 a bottle / case of 12 for £11 a bottle.Not available in the UK. Order with Winerist exclusively here.
Ventoux Rose 2013 - Chene Bleu Rhone Valley - Chêne Bleu’s rose is a high altitude blend of 65% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 5% Cinsault. This grenache-based rosé has the sweet-tart zing of seedy raspberries. It’s lively and fruity, for grilled sausages. Friendly, with pomegranate and strawberry fruit, backed by a bouncy finish. Buy it here for £16.99 per bottle.
Chene Bleu Astrolabe 2009 - Smooth, velvet and round on the palate, this complex wine has a spicy nose with ripe red fruit flavours and a long finish. Grenache & Syrah. Buy it here for £15.99 per bottle.
Terra Vin - Pinot Noir 2011 - Pale to medium ruby–purple coloured with aromas of red cherries and red currants with hints of dried herbs, stems and tree bark. Medium bodied and delicately fruited on the palate, it has a low level of chewy tannins, very crisp acidity and a medium to long finish. £24.99 per bottle. Order with Winerist.
Note: Offers above are limited time only, expiring at the end of November 2014. Shipping costs will be extra.
We hope you all loved your goody bags, and stay tuned for our next event.
And if you're looking for the results from the Wine & Cheese pairing, here they are...