mm Tasting: Jess’s Charity Tasting (6 Spanish wines; not one Rioja) – 02.10.14

“A great evening was had by everyone. Alex managed to convey a lot of information whilst keeping the event informal and relaxed. He is clearly completely passionate about wine and he brought along a great range of unusual but very accessible wines for us to try. Lots of money was raised, lots of fun was had, and Alex made the whole event extremely easy and stress-free to organise. We will definitely use him again for our next fundraiser”. – Jess Gibbs, Charity Half Marathon Heroine

IMG_3724Running a half marathon is not an easy task, but it can be even harder getting people to sponsor you for it – not entirely true, but it sets me up nicely for the next bit – so it’s always useful to try and find new ways to get people to chip in whilst having a bit of fun. So, for a group of about 15 of Jess’s friends all too keen to put their money where her feet were the mm put together an evening’s wine tasting to help loosen the drawstrings of their purses.  

Deciding to focus on just 6 of the many – many relatively unknown – great wines of Spain, I choose wines which conveniently demonstrated and represented a particular style of Spanish wine, of which none, importantly, were Rioja. They were: Sparkling – a cava from Penedes; Aromatic whites – an Albarino from Rias Baixas; Modern International Blends – Cabernet, Tempranillo and Garnacha from Costers del Segre; Value Southern Reds – an organic Monastrell from Jumilla; Indigenous Varieties – a Mencia from Bierzo and Other Tempranillo’s – a Tempranillo (duh) from Ribera del Duero. For each wine and style I took them through a little of their story, specifically how they are made, what the winemakers are trying to create and finally why I (and hopefully everyone else) think they are great. Using a brand new (and now heavily patented) audience participation mm scoring system of mmmmmmmm’s (deliciousness), aaaaahhhhhhhh (surprising-ness) and clap clap clap (overall appreciation) we worked out exactly where we stood with all of them.

A big thank you to Jessica and all her most charitable friends for such a fun evening. And apologies to the neighbours who, with all the mmm’s, ahhh’s and clapping throughout the evening, must have wondered when they came to be living next door to a live TV audience.

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