After a slightly late start mostly due to rushing back from Prowine in Shanghai, then missing my connecting train in Kaohsiung, we had a great evening of wine tasting and food. Special thanks to Vera from VLingual Studio for organising the event and doing some great impromptu translation!
We started with some canapes and a very refeshing glass of Bellenda Prosecco courtesy of our friends at the Thirsty Scholar, followed by a run through of basic tasting technique and a comparison of quality levels and how to determine if your wine is lower or higher quality. We had a couple of great tasting opportunities along the way with a bottle of Domaine Naturaliste Discovery Cabernet Sauvignon which is soon to be, but not currently available in Taiwan. One of my favourite wine producers from Western Australia didn't disappoint with it's elegant style beautifully representing the understated, yet expertly handled wine making and the character from the vineyard.
Undoubtedly though, the star of the show was one of my favourite discoveries of this year, the consistently impressive 2011 "Semis" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo from Collefrisio. packed with dark cherry fruit, spice and underlined with cigar box and vanilla notes, this powerful, structured and flavour-packed wine managed to impress everyone. There were some pretty hungry wine tasters by that stage, so to distract people from their hunger showed how impressive it was.
We all had a great time and thanks to all the guests for making it an entertaining and enjoyable evening. Looking forward to the next one!