A storming week last week as we took 26 of our friendliest winemakers around the UK, to great effect. First stop - Glasgow. After a delicious dinner the night before at Cafe Gandolfi (where I was introduced to the delights of Cullen Skink) we retired to our hotel to prepare for tasting number one.
I was slightly perplexed that there was so little traffic on a Monday morning in Scotland's largest city - until we realised it was actually a Public Holiday in Scotland! Happily the venue were ready and waiting for us, as indeed were a large number of curious customers and newcomers to Enotria. Meeting new people is obviously one of the highlights of these tastings and with plenty of winemakers from around the world on show, the tasters weren't going away disappointed.
Ronan Sayburn MS added the icing on the cake with a wine ageing masterclass. I had the task of pouring for the 26 eager tasters and managed this without spilling too much and without looking too much of an idiot in front of one of the UK's top sommeliers! Highlights for me were undoubtedly Amarone Classico 1967 from Bertani which was so rich, balanced and fine - with doubtless many years of potential drinking pleasure yet to come for those lucky enough to own some; and Peter Lehmann's mighty Stonewell Shiraz 1998. This wine is like a Ferrari in the fast lane, all supple power, with an explosive finish. '98 was a legendary vintage in the Barossa and wines like this tell you why.
All too soon it was time to pack up, grab a quick pizza and head for Bristol!