World of Wine: USA & South Africa (Reading)
Join us for an evening of spectacular New World showstoppers!
Part 1: South Africa
With a long and distinguished history of wine production going back over 350 years, it is by far the oldest 'New World' wine producing country! Under apartheid, the reputation of the industry suffered at the hands of the state co-operative KWV; but since the early 1990s, the privatisation of the wine industry has witnessed an exponential rise in the quality of its wine-making. Chunky, chocolatey reds, both made as Bordeaux-style blends and using their very own grape, Pinotage, and elegant European-style whites from Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc (once thought to be an inferior, workhorse variety) are now catching the world’s attention.
Part 2: USA
This is a country which is now demanding we take another look. From its viticultural engine room, California, two seemingly contradictory wine images emerge. Firstly there’s the cheap, sweet, soft, pink wines, served by the container-load in the supermarket. Then there’s the super-premium, super-expensive world of boutique Napa Valley wineries, as shown on the film Sideways. So what is the 'real' Californian wine? Tonight we will dodge the stereotypes and discover rich, strawberry-scented Zinfandel (the red wine, not the pink stuff!), earthy Pinot Noir and creamy soft Chardonnay. Californian wines are elusive and often expensive, but they are able to compete with some of the best in the world - come along and taste for yourself.
All tastings include; minimum of 6 wines sourced locally so you can find them easily if you like them, full tasting notes,use of professional tastings glasses, and nibbles.
Places remaining: 6
Course Date/Time: Tue 24th Oct 2017 at 7.15pm
Duration: 2 Hours
Venue: Novotel Reading Centre