On the eve of Beaujolais Day, members of the wine tasting group met to taste, not Beaujolais Nouveau, but four rather better quality wines.
During the course of the evening our Wine Master, Alan Parker, guided us through wines from Chile, Argentina, Portugal and South Africa.
We started with a very drinkable 2022 Carmenere from Chile. A wine made from vines that were originally imported from France in the belief that they were Merlot. It only took them 150 years to discover that they were a different variety that thrived rather well in their climate!
Our second wine was an Argentinian Malbec – Traphiche Reserve 2021. A perfect choice for barbecues and hearty red meats.
We followed this with a Douro from Portugal, which was softer and very easy on the palate.
Our final wine was a 2021 Fairtrade Pinotage from South Africa that again proved to be very easy to drink.
We are incredibly grateful to Stewart Jones for hosting the event and to Alan Parker for all his hard work in setting it up.