If you’re looking for inspiration for the best bottle to go with your festive fayre or would just like the chance to taste some wonderful wines – the place to be is the Winter Wine Festival at our Esher Shop on Sunday 22 November.
For many customers the highlight in the line up of 30 wines will probably be the iconic Tignanello 2011 from Antinori. The Antinori family has been making wine for over six hundred years (twenty six generations), since 1385. Tignanello first appeared in 1971. It immediately caused a stir as Cabernet Sauvignon was blended with Sangiovese and with its practice of ageing in small French barriques. Antinori was accused of vinous heresy but other producers across Tuscany soon adopted these practices too. The 2011 vintage is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Italian wine expert Antonio Gallioni of vinous.com gave it 95 points out of a 100 and called it “An exotic wine that captures the essence of the year, the 2011 is endowed with magnificent complexity, nuance and class.”
The wine with which I’m most eager to be reacquainted is probably Gaja’s Brunello di Montalcino ‘Pieve di Santa Restituta’, 2010 which is a mouthful of a name but more than makes up for that by being a wonderous mouthful of wine. I’m also looking forward to re-tasting the Tappa Pass Shiraz 2010 from Barossa legends Henschke and the brilliant Blancs de Blancs 1er Cru Vintage 2009 Champagne from Veuve Fourny & Fils.
I’m also pleased that guests will get to try the brand new, limited edition (just 840 bottles), sloe gin from our most local distillery, Becketts, in Kingston-upon-Thames. We’ll be joined all afternoon by Neil Beckett, the passionate producer of this great winter warmer and our customers’ favourite London Dry Gin.
We’ll be popping the corks at noon and tasting through until 5pm.
You really won’t want to miss this event. As we only have limited spaces don’t delay your booking. Tickets are £15 in advance or £20 on the door…if we have room! Email us or give us a call on 01372 877272 to reserve a place.