THE AMERICAN DREAM: WINES FROM THE AMERICAS
Norie Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5UW
Date: Monday 15th February
From: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Join us as we take a virtual voyage across the pond to discover the wines of North and South America – a journey that will take in the diverse and delicious wines of Canada and the USA, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.
Starting in the north, we will take a close look at the cool-climate regions of Canada and Oregon, where top growers' pinot noir and chardonnay are giving Burgundy a run for its money. Then it's over to Washington State and the USA's wine heartland, California, to try some sumptuous zinfandels and complex cabernets.
In South America, site selection is all important with winemakers increasingly seeking cooler coastal and high-altitude vineyard sites. In Chile, cool-climate varieties sauvignon blanc and pinot noir are proving successful in the Leyda Valley, whilst syrah and cabernet sauvignon do well in the warmer Maipo. Argentina may be best known for the quality of its malbec, much of the chardonnay grown high above sea level is also proving wonderfully elegant and refined.
Our whistle-stop tour ends in Uruguay where passionate winemakers have harnessed the distinctive flavours of the tannat grape and are producing fine, well-balanced wines with plenty of character. We hope you will join us at this informal walk-around tasting to take in some of the delights of these vast, varied, vinous continents.
THE WIZARDS OF OZ – WINES OF AUSTRALIA
The Albert Room, The Grand Brighton, 97-99 King's Road, Brighton, BN1 2FW
Date: Thursday 18th February
From: 6.00pm to 8.30pm
Australia's wine regions cover an array of climates, soils and styles, with highly innovative producers focusing on crafting outstanding wines to capture the nuances of each. 'Regionality' is the buzzword among the country's top wineries, and the results are very exciting.
Whether your taste is for full-bodied, forthright shiraz or delicate flint-edged rieslings, Australia will have a suite of wines to fit the bill, and in this informal workshop we will be exploring the treasures of its various regions.
Join the Tastings Team for a fun and informative evening of wine tasting as we sample nine different wines, covering well-known properties, more esoteric examples sourced by our ever-intrepid buyer Sarah Knowles MW and several points in between. Wines shown will include classics such as Penfolds Grange as well as wine from youg winemaker Mac Forbes.
If you're a fan of Australian wine and would like to explore the country's gems that little bit further, this is the tasting for you. We hope to see you there.