NEW #TWSTaste Virtual Wine Tasting: 'Weird' Wines, Thursday 28th May, just after 8-9pm

Hello all!

Thank you very much to everyone who attended our Australian Opulence virtual tasting event tonight! You’ve shown some wonderful wines from many of Australia’s wine regions and it’s been a fantastic night as usual!

It’s now time to get our next virtual tasting in the diary:

New #TWSTaste Virtual Wine Tasting: ‘Weird’ Wines, Thursday 28th 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.

Before we start, we’ll clarify one thing - we don’t believe there are any ‘weird’ wines! One person’s ‘weird’ wine is another person’s treasure! For this tasting, we’re looking for unusual grapes, regions and styles - this will be a chance to explore new wines that you may not have come across before, and an opportunity to stray off the beaten track. Between us, we’ll be trying all things ‘weird’ and wonderful!

It doesn’t matter if it’s a zweigelt from Austria, a marselan from the Languedoc or a Viorica from Moldova - anything that you want to open is welcome, as are you!

If you haven’t got any unusual wines and want to open something else and taste along, that’s fine too. Bring along a bottle and join in anyway - you’ll almost definitely find some inspiration for different wines to put on your ‘must try’ list!

Here’s how to take part:

  1. Have a look to see if you have any ‘weird’ wines at home. If you don’t, you can currently make your own mixed cases up 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.
  2. Reply to this topic saying what ‘weird’ wine you’ve got - and if you’ve got more than one option, do 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 get some serving suggestions/food matches lined up.
  3. Log in to the Community just before 8pm on Thursday 28th May - there’ll be a topic called ‘LIVE #TWSTaste: ‘Weird’ Wines’ 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 ‘weird’ wines but I’ll join anyway.

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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 :smiley:

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Just made for me, this one… probably 50% of my collection :laughing:


I’d like to nominate my father’s Pea Pod Champagne. I say I would like to, but I can’t as it all blew up.
Still, it would be fun to see if fifty years could improve it.

I’ll think of something I’m sure.


Right now contemplating a Moschofilero or a Scheurebe… but there is still plenty of time.


I’ll be opening Aldi’s 2018 Black Star - a red Pfalz blend (Aldi won’t tell you, but it’s a blend of Acolon, Dunkelfelder and Cabernet Mitos).

Looking forward! :+1::wine_glass:


Think I’ll be trying my bottle of this:
I’ve been meaning to open it for a while now!


Maybe it’s time to open that bottle of Haribo wine that’s been skulking in the garage.


I have a Viognier/Viura blend from Navarra that I think might count? I’m not convinced these two grapes belong together, but I’ll give it a go!


We’re probably going with a Lyrarakis Mandilaria ‘Plakoura’ - picked up from Crete about 3 years ago.

I’m thinking a lamb-based dish, but all food suggestions most gratefully received.

Not sure it’s ‘weird’, but maybe a little off the beaten track :sunglasses:


Since this theme was announced I’ve been planning ‘Terroirs @ Home’, a reenactment of spending an evening in one of our favourite natural wine bars.

Handmade sourdough is on order, a trip to my local cheese shop is planned and my charcuterie from Tempus arrived this morning.

A selection of wines has been delivered from Les Caves de Pyrene, the one that gets opened on Thursday I now leave to the will of the Community.

  • OKRO’S WINES, SAPERAVI BUDESHURI 2017 [Saperavi / Red / Kakheti, Georgia]
  • NIKOLOZ ANTADZE, RKATSITELI KAKHETI 2018 [Rkatsiteli / Orange / Kakheti, Georgia]

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We had this very Trousseau a few weeks ago - it’s a winner (then again we like the grape and the style)! :heart_eyes: if you do end up opening it I’d be really curious to see what you think…


Wish I’d known about that one, I always like Aldi’s ‘weird’ selection, it’s a risk-free way to experiment!


Agreed! :grinning:
Same day I bought this one I also got a wine called Odd Lot - a Petit Sirah/Petit Verdot blend from Monterey, CA. It was excellent value for money (£9.99), and delicious. Would have loved to have another bottle… As you say - it’s a risk-free way to experiment!

Is this something you’ve had before? I followed the link and some of the prices seem, shall we say, optimistic (over £90/kg for lardo? Though to be fair the pancetta and whole salami are somewhat excepted), and my basic impression of various UK charcuterie producers I’ve tried is mighty prices for often not very good products. But I haven’t tried these, and if you’d recommend them, I do like the idea in principle.

I’ve been wanting to try them for ages so this is a good excuse. The credentials are sound, but the proof is in the eating. Will let you know!

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Or I could open this, although it’s stretching the definition of wine somewhat:

The back label says that it is ‘globally unique’, which to me is not necessarily a plus. There might be a good reason why nobody anywhere ever mixes beer, mead and rum - yes, rum - except as a late-night student dare.

But it might be worth a shot this week :+1:


But where did it spawn and how did you become in possession of it??

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pretty sure I’ve drunk worse.