Old World vs New World tasting
Posted on November 06 2013
Join us on Thursday 21 November at 8pm for what we are calling The Judgement of Kew. This is in ‘homage’ to the famous, or infamous, Judgement of Paris.
In 1976 – a year when Europe basked in a heatwave, a now legendary tasting took place in Paris. Organised by Steven Spurrier who had a wine shop in the city at the time, the event pitted the taste buds of eminent French wine writers in a blind tasting of California Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon versus white Burgundy and red Bordeaux. Much to the chagrin of the French, Chateau Montelena Chardonnay and Stag’s Leap Cabernet won first place in the competition.
While the debate over whether new or old world wines are better still rages amongst consumers nearly 40 years later, for winemakers the picture has muddied; many of the New World’s younger wine makers routinely work their winters in Europe absorbing traditional practices while European winemakers are embracing New World techniques like later picking.
So, we thought we’d run our own New World versus Old World tasting here at the Kew Good Wine Shop – though we will not be tasting blind! You’ll get to try four pairs of wines – each the same grape variety – or blend and comparably priced.
As summer seems but a distant memory we’ve picked wines that work really well with autumnal food – none more so than Pinot Noir- just perfect with game and sweet, earthy, roast root vegetables. Try Miroglio’s Bulgarian Pinot against La Vierge Pinot from Hemel-en Aarde in South Africa; compare Cahors from Chateau du Cedre with Tinto Negro’s Lime Coast Malbec and Haan Australian Merlot and Cabernet Franc with Chateau Siaurac from Lalande de Pomerol. To start proceedings we’ll have a pair of wines from Viognier – a grape that has only a very recent history outside France.
As ever all the wines we taste will be available at specially discounted prices that evening. Individual bottles will be at case rate while a case of 12, mixed or otherwise, will attract a further 5% discount. Tickets are just £15 each. Please call the Kew shop on 020 8940 4482 to book your place.
I hope to see you there for an evening of fun and delicious wines!