Wine Appreciation Group: April
Spain vs Italy
It's a European derby and a great opportunity to discover whether you prefer Cava or Prosecco. Whose whites will you enjoy? Who offers the most satisfying reds?
There's only one way to find out - swirl, sniff and sip your way through our selection to form an educated opinion.
Join us for a relaxed evening sampling new wines and then come through to the Carabella Room for a two course set menu. Members are welcome to invite guests.
2014 Castellroig Cava Brut, Catalonia
Clear straw green colour. Fresh, yeasty aromas and flavours of greenhouse, cucumber, white flowers, palmier cookie, and dried tropical fruit with a round, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish with soft, fruit tannins.
2016 Germans Balart Llepolia Blanc, Terra Alta
70% White Grenache, 30% Sauvignon Blanc. A fresh vibrant wine that is smooth, long and with good acidity. Aromas of white flowers and flavours of peach and honey intertwining with great complexity.
2013 Mengoba Brezo Tinto Mencia, Bierzo
A versatile wine, wonderfully aromatic, juicy and long, brimming with vibrant cherry and iodine notes. On the palate, raspberry fruit is matched with elegant tannins, the high-grown Mencía character shining through in a blend that also includes a small amount of Garnacha Tintorera.
2014 Espelt Old Vines Carignan, Emporda
Light red cherry and currant aromas; menthol, talcum powder, mint, liquorice and light reductive notes. Lovely balance on the palate and it is smooth and lingering.
NV Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco, Valdobbiadene
From one of Valdobbiadene's oldest wineries, this tastes vital and fresh. The bright fruit flavours with hints of citrus and bread have good intensity and the bubbles are gently persistent, making it a great wine to go with food.
2015 Santa Cristina Campogrande, Orvieto Classico
Straw yellow in colour, the wine shows intense and delicate aromas of fruit, particularly ripe apples, apricots, and peaches. The palate is full and fresh and is endowed with a soft and aromatic finish and aftertaste.
2017 Collefrisio Vignaquadra Pecorino, Terre Di Chieti Abruzzo
Straw like colour with gold reflections. A strong green tea and peach scent, well balanced and lasting finish. Pecorino is a native grape to the Abruzzo region known for its amazing acidity.
2013 Collefrisio Vignaquadra Montepulciano, Abruzzo
Ruby red colour. Intense fruity scent, containing hints of spice, cherry plum and jam. Well balanced with a long lasting taste. Montepulciano is also a native red wine grape to the Abruzzo region, but is not connected to the Montepulciano wines of Tuscany, hence the full name Montepulciano d’Abruzzo!
Guests: $15 tasting, $57 tasting & dinner.