For this Friday’s tasting we’re doing something a bit special.
Richard Ballantyne from Armit wines (who supply many of Britain’s very best restaurants including The Fat Duck, Gordon Ramsey and The River Cafe) is showcasing six great wines they supply to us – and you can try them all for free from 6pm on Friday.
The wines on taste include:
Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2008 (£29.99)
This sparkling wine from Kent is a great example of what England is now capable of producing. Don’t just take our word for it. This particular vintage has just been awarded a gold medal by the International Wine Challenge, which assesses thousands of wines each year.
Seresin Rachel Pinot Noir 2009 (£24.99)
A seductive, fragrant and top class Pinot Noir from Marlborough in New Zealand. The winemaker, who grew up in Chiswick, told us he’s “pretty happy with that one”. So he should be. It’s an absolute treat – and biodynamic and organic to boot.
Chateau Dereszla Dry Tokaji 2011 (£12.99)
Owned by the family that used to own Piper Heidsieck Champagne, this wine is made with the same grape that makes the famous dessert wine. But that’s where the similarity ends. It was one of the most popular wines we opened at a recent tasting for the Churchfield Community Association.
Chateau Maris Organic Minervois 2011 (£11.49)
This simple, honest, tasty wine is the result of an Englishman falling in love with a village in the Languedoc winemaking region of Minervois. He says drinking this with sausages and mash is “the culinary equivalent of putting on your most comfortable slippers”. Who are we to argue?
So if you’re curious about any of them or you just fancy a taste of some great wines, pop in to the Park+Bridge store at 73 Churchfield Road between 6pm until 8pm this Friday.
(And if you just can’t make Friday’s epic tasting, don’t panic – we’ll make sure we keep back a couple of the bottles we’re opening and make them available to taste from noon until 5pm on Saturday too).
UPDATE: Since we announced this tasting, there has been a big rush from fans of Seresin’s excellent Rachel Pinot Noir. So if you don’t want to miss out on this consignment for the Bank Holiday Weekend, don’t hang about.