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The dust has just about settled on our annual tasting, held last night on Grosvenor Street in Mayfair. Firstly, we’d like to thank all those who came – it was great to see a lot of familiar faces and plenty of new ones too. Hopefully you found something to your liking and maybe discovered something new. Thanks also to The Clink for the tasty canapés, a charity we were more than happy to support. You can read a bit more about the great work they do here: http://theclinkrestaurant.com. As usual, not much wine was left and I noticed a lot of familiar faces in the pub around the corner afterwards. A good night was had by all and sundry!
 
We showed 35 wines and tried to cater for all tastes, from Prosecco through to Sauternes and everything in between on offer. When we all got to work today (some later than others!), it was interesting to hear what everyone had had to say about the wines. Some of the favourites were surprising, others less so. If you came along, you will have your own favourites but for those of you that missed out, here are the 5 wines that proved most popular on the evening.
 
2011 Dragon Riesling, Josmeyer
I lovely, dry style Alsatian Riesling, packed full of pear and stone fruit. The kind of wine that people might not instinctively pick off the shelf so it’s important to open these wines at tastings. I’m glad this proved so popular.
 
2012 Wild Boy Chardonnay, Au Bon Climat
This was on a table with some fairly serious white Burgundies but went down incredibly well. A lot of people were drawn by the slightly quirky label but were left impressed by the quality offered for the price point.
 
2008 Nuits St Georges 'Clos de la Marechale', JF Mugnier
Not surprises here. We were expecting this to be popular and it was. So much so that it was all gone before I got to have a proper taste! Fred Mugnier’s iconic NSG that thinks it is Chambolle is just so approachable and pretty.
 
2006 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge
I was particularly pleased to see this go down so well as Olivier Bernard’s unsung hero of Pessac is an old favourite of mine. It regularly proves that you can pick up top quality, age-worthy Bordeaux without breaking the bank – relatively speaking, of course!
 
1995 Lytton Springs, Ridge
This was a great opportunity to try a top, new world red with nearly 20 years of age under its belt. Unlike most reds from Europe that become quite savoury with age, this had dropped some of the savoury notes at retained a pure, almost sweet core of berry fruit. Again, this seemed to disappear very quickly.
 
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