Tasting Etiquette

Although our tastings are social events, members seek to improve their wine knowledge.

Please therefore remain quiet whilst the lecturer is speaking. There will be a time for discussion before the next wine is poured.



 6.30pm, Wednesday 20th NOVEMBER 2019


This month's tasting is a personal selection by your President, visiting an area that brings back fond memories.  Umbria is still a relatively overlooked wine region of central Italy, remaining in the shadow of its northern neighbour, Tuscany.  Probably best known for Orvieto – mainly because, in decades past, Tuscany did not produce decent white wines, so Umbria was a suitable alternative provider – this region nowadays has much more to offer. 

Long-used to bringing fruity elegance yet low acidity to blended commercial wines, Grechetto, an Umbrian indigenous grape, has now found favour as a single varietal in the hands of new generation wine makers.  We shall sample three Grechetto wines from the 2017 vintage, one from the house of Falesco, then a comparison of two styles from Arnaldo Caprai.  Our fourth white will be to check out an Orvieto Classico from the famed house of Antinori.

Montefalco's Sagrantino is a grape that has really put Umbria on the modern wine map.  Another indigenous variety, its claim to fame used to be that of an Italian Tannat – very tannic, yet very fruity, so needing an absolute age to attain drinkability.  Thanks in the main to Arnaldo Caprai and his son Marco, this beast was tamed using new vinicultural techniques.  In their hands the tannins were softer and more in the background, allowing the fruit to dominate.  As other producers followed suit, the elevation of Sagrantino to noble grape status gathered momentum.  To prepare our palates for this exciting selection of reds, we shall taste Falesco's  Vitiano San Lorenzo.  Two 2015 Montefalco (an appellation for a blend of Sangiovese & Sagrantino that is produced ready for earlier drinking than 100% Sagrantino DOCG), will follow, one from Caprai, the other from Antonelli.  The grand finale will be a 2013 Sagrantino do Montefalco, also from the house of Antonelli.

These wines have been especially shipped from Italy for this tasting, so we hope they will sign off our 2019 year in some style.

Places are available on application – *Members £34, guests £39.  Concessionary rates for eligible members will apply if requested in advance.

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No. 11/2019


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