June 2017 Newsletter

Forthcoming Events:

  • 28th June tasting – Sarah Rowlands AWE is going to bring a selection of wines from the lesser-known (i.e. not Rioja or Jerez) regions of Spain.
  • 26th July tasting – BBQ and ‘Open-Cellar’ tasting at John and Sally’s, Ford Cottage. Details as follows.
  • August and September to be advised

Since the last Newsletter, we have had two excellent tastings. In April, Laura Clay gave us a very interesting look at some of the more accessible wines from Bordeaux (if you see the prices of the 2016 Bordeaux en primeur offerings, you’ll know what I mean!). By all accounts, that vicious late frost in April has done a lot of damage to the 2017 vintage so prices will be on the up no doubt.

May saw our own Max Jewell from Priory Wines show us a really exciting flight of wines which we tasted alongside a selection of quality cheeses. This was quite a revelation for several of us and maybe provoked some new thoughts about pairing – personally I was surprised at what worked and what didn’t, and how a good match enhances both so very much.

As usual, the tasting notes for these sessions are on our website, www.brockenhurstwineclub.com

Future tastings

This month (June 28th) we are going to explore some lesser-known aspects of the wines of Spain with Sarah Rowlands, whom I know from the Hextable Club. This is going to be a very interesting tasting given the popularity of quality Spanish wines, so don’t miss it.

For next month, the July Tasting/BBQ will be a little different! We plan to start around 6.30pm and there will be seating and a large Gazebo if the weather is inclement (or we’ll dive indoors!) but let’s hope for better things. I will provide 2 reds and 2 whites in sufficient quantity for tasting and quaffing, looking to pick ‘summery’ wines, and the remainder of the tasting will be for you to choose from an eclectic selection of wines from my cellar – these latter will be mostly be single bottles so first come, first served! We will have one or two BBQs going so please bring your sausages, steaks, burgers, brochettes, etc. to cook on them – we will provide French sticks, salads and sauces etc. but if anyone wants to bring along some of these please let John or Sally know in advance. You will need to bring your own plates and cutlery please, and of course your tasting glasses. You will already have received an e-mail about the event so PLEASE reply, we need to know numbers well in advance for obvious reasons. For those Rhinefield Probus Members going to their lunchtime BBQ on the same day, do come along when you can, we’ll only finish when the wine and the light run out!

We have a committee meeting this Sunday so more news after this; in the meantime, we are still in negotiations with The Elderflower French restaurant at Lymington Harbour for a mid-day tasting lunch with matched wines, looking for up to 20 persons and aiming at £50/head, probably sometime in June if we can arrange this in time.

That’s all for now, folks. John