EDIT: If you’re looking for the live tasting topic, find us here:
Thank you very much to everyone who attended our Northern Italy virtual tasting event tonight! There were some wonderful bottles on show and it’s been a great night, as ever!
It’s now time to get our next virtual tasting in the diary:
New #TWSTaste virtual wine tasting: Bordeaux Vertical, Thursday 7th May, [just after] 8pm-9pm
Like our previous few tastings, we’re asking you to raid your wine rack to see what you’ve already got at home, and join together to taste along live next Thursday.
Between us, we’ll be trying to taste as many vintages from as many different Bordeaux appellations as possible, in a giant ‘vertical’ tasting!
It doesn’t matter where in Bordeaux the wine is from, or the grape variety - anything that you want to open is welcome, as are you!
If you haven’t got any Bordeaux wine and want to open something else and taste along, that’s fine too. Bring along a bottle and join in anyway - you might find some inspiration for different wines to put on your ‘must try’ list!
Bordeaux Wine Guide
If you’re new to Bordeaux wines and want to swot up before the tasting, have a read of our Ultimate Guide to Bordeaux Wine:
We are also so pleased to announce that our Bordeaux Buyer @SykoWino will be joining us for this event!
A NOTE FROM TIM:
"Bordeaux is a staple chez Sykes. I enjoy drinking everything from The Society’s Claret upwards, and regularly dip into my stash under the house to pick out a bottle. I would say that Claret makes up around half of the wine in my cellar.
When I first started buying Bordeaux professionally, in the mid-1990s, I could afford to buy the occasional case of classed growths. I was even able to buy the odd 6-pack of a First Growth – this was when you could purchase Mouton Rothschild, Haut-Brion etc. for around £40 per bottle en primeur. How times have changed!
Today virtually the only opportunity I get to drink the really top wines is when I’m in Bordeaux on a buying trip. I taste a huge amount of Bordeaux every year as part of my job, but drinking (as opposed to tasting) is what wine enjoyment is all about, and there is nothing better than sitting down with friends to a great bottle of Claret at the table."
You might also like to take a look at our Armchair Travels: Bordeaux’s New Grape Varieties written by Tim Sykes.
Here’s how to take part:
- Have a look to see if you have any wines from Bordeaux at home. If you don’t, you can currently buy full cases of an individual wine from our website for delivery, or your nearest indie wine merchant may be able to deliver if our delivery dates before next Thursday are full.
- Reply to this topic saying what Bordeaux wine you’ve got, and which vintage - and if you’ve got more than one option, feel free to share notes with your fellow members here and get advice about which bottle to open (feel free to open more than one if you like…). You could also ask about decanting or get some serving suggestions/food matches lined up.
- Log in to the Community just before 8pm on Thursday 7th May - there’ll be a topic called ‘LIVE #TWSTaste: Bordeaux Vertical’ where we’ll host the live event. We’ll all say which bottles we’re opening/share photos of the bottles, and then we’ll taste along together and compare notes, just like we do for a normal #TWSTaste event.
Don’t worry - we always start the event properly a few minutes after 8pm so we can all join in with #clapforourcarers, if you’d like to participate.
If you’re new to The Community and need help with how to use the forum for the tasting, have a read of our guide ‘How To’ - Take part in our virtual #TWSTaste events’
Who’s joining us?
- I’ll be there!
- I haven’t got any Bordeaux wine, but I’ll join anyway.
We hope you can join us! If you can’t make it, we’re currently planning the following week’s tasting and we’ll let you all know the theme soon