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A start of a journey

tasting

#1

Inspired by a Masterclass from James Suckling, me and my wife would like to start a journey in wine tasting.

Asking fellow members for suggestions on wines available at TWS with the following marks:

  1. Price: Between 10-30 pound per bottle
  2. Body: medium/light body
  3. Taste: anything fruity/mineral/elegant/balanced
  4. Region/Grape: anything considered “One of the best region for the grape”
  5. Avoid: Too acidic/full body wines, wines from “up and coming” countries (we will keep for a separate testing)

Thanks all who’d help!


#2

I feel like a ‘journey in wine tasting’ mixed case would be a hit on the website.


#3

Red and white?


#4

Red and white


#5

My two (@ work, so little time for a full list :wink:) are:

Delicious and on the medium+, not too acidic, elegant and delicious spectrum.

Really good and well priced - a benchmark for me about how good simple Chardonnay can be and a tempter for more interesting and more expensive white Burgundy.


#6

What grapes did you have in mind?


#7

I am not sure I can help much with your specific query. However, you might like to take a look at the latest edition (2017) of Essential Winetasting by Michael Schuster. In the 2nd part, there is a series of suggested winetasting excercises, with suggested wines, through which you can learn about various styles.

If you go to Amazon, you can take a look inside the book online, and see if those tasting exercises are the sort of thing that might interest you.

Regarding a ‘journey in wine tasting’ mixed case, when I first joined TWS they did indeed have such a mixed case, complete with a booklet written by Michael Schuster, which I gather was written in a style similar to the exercises in the first edition of his book. And I vaguely remember another merchant (Waitrose I think) was giving away copies of the book along with mixed cases of wine to use in the exercises. Both seemed like a great idea, but by that time I have already worked through the exercise.


#8

Agreed. I’ve found this


. Wondering if anyone tried it?


#9

Had a quick look at that list, there’s a few in there that aren’t medium to light bodied ( one of your criteria.)


#10

I actually think they’ve done it before, complete with extensive notes and guide to wine tasting etc, but surprised it’s not a permanent thing. Maybe not as popular as I imagined!

That list looks good. This thread reminds me of my very first WS purchase, when I was just getting into wine, which was a 15-bottle case of ‘members’ favourites’. That was really great, and a nice wide range. I see they do similar offers regularly, and one right now:


#11

Exciting! This could provide some reds that fit your criteria


#12

My choices for whites:

and

but I can’t guarantee they meet criteria 3 which I don’t really ‘get’ to be honest…


#13

I guess Xinomavro is out then??
Shame, its a great grape varietal especially if you are after a medium red which is very balanced.



#14

Being slightly facetious for a moment, I think ‘one of the best region for the grapes’ and a limit of £30 rules out Burgundy for PN! I would therefore direct the OP to the Kooyong Massale, Prophets Rock and Wassmer for Pinot noir from established producing regions which will be good and in budget.


#15

Unless it’s from one of the less celebrated locations, perhaps?

These two are in my wishlist, for example (though obviously can’t comment as haven’t tried either yet):

But you’re probably right, in that New World/Germany would be a cheaper, and maybe less risky an introduction to PN.


#16

If it’s good value and reasonable quality Pinot Noir you fancy, my suggestion is to try some Chilean examples and perhaps compare with @Inbar’s suggestions above - there are some very good wines around £16 which will provide an intriguing comparison with the Burgundy.


#17

But then you will need some Burgundy to compare it to, which now is too expensive… quite the paradox… :wink:


#18

reminds me of the great Gregory Corso poem The Whole Mess…Almost which ends with the superb line: “Out the window with the window!” Worth reading the whole poem (or even better finding the recording of Corso reading it).


#19

Good one… If anyone else interested:


#20

Wow, so many good suggestions (Including the Corso poem).

I want to take a minute to thanks all the people that helped me choose the best wine for my taste and all the superb community here a TWS.

The next few glasses are dedicated to you all of course!