WSDC Event - Tutored Wine Dinner Rare and Exotic Grapes

What: Tutored Wine Dinner Rare and Exotic Grapes Event Sold Out  
When: 23 Jun 15 ,19:00 -22:30
Where: Carlton Club SW1A 1PJ map
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Tutor: Mr Derek Smedley MW

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This evening we have the opportunity to enjoy generous quantities of no fewer than ten wines made with rare and exotic grape varieties which will accompany a full two course dinner with coffee and mints to follow. We are once again very lucky to have secured the services of Derek Smedley MW to take us through the wines. Derek is well known to the club, has been our speaker at dinners, and was the wine guide on our 2010 tour of the Rhone.  He has been in the wine trade for more than half a century, working for Harveys, Gilbeys and Whitbread. Nowadays he is a consultant looking after City Livery Companies, West End clubs, and institutions of learning. As those of you who attended the tutored dinner last year will know, Derek is an engaging, knowledgeable and amusing speaker and has carefully chosen a great selection of wines for us.

For our pre-dinner drink we will be having white port with tonic and a slice of lime. This should be just the thing on a beautiful summer’s evening. The port is Dow’s Fine White Port from the Symington stable.

With our starter we have five white wines.  From the Tikvesh region of Macedonia comes Zilavka 2014 made by the Stobi Winery which will be fresh and spicy. We have two wines from the Monemvasia Winery in Laconia in the Peloponnese – Kidonitsa 2013 and Asproudi 2013. These represent two of the local grape varieties from an area which may have given its name to Malvasia, a forerunner of Malmsey in medieval times. Tornai Zenit 2013 is from grapes grown on the volcanic soil of Mount Somló in Hungary. The final white is Autoctoni Pecorino 2013 from Cantina Orsogna in Abruzzo Italy. While pecorino is a ewe’s milk cheese, it is also the name of a wine grape from the Adriatic coast.

Five red wines will come with our main course of rib-eye of beef. From Liguria in Italy we have Altavia Rossese di Dolceacqua Superiore 2010 made from the rare Rossese grape which produces fruity and robust wines. From the Stobi Winery we have Vranec 2011, a dark ruby red with cherry aromas. Weninger Kékfrankos Balf 2012 is from Hungary. The grape translates into German as Blaufränkisch, which makes spicy wines typically rich in tannin. All the way from Langhorne Creek in South Australia we have Vinteloper TN/12. This is their second vintage of a single varietal using Touriga National grapes, but which promises to be very different and much softer than its Portuguese cousins. Villa de Corullón 2002 is from Spain produced by Descendientes des J Palacios in Bierzo and made 100% from Mencia grapes. Derek recently chose this as his wine of the week.

This is going to be a fascinating evening and I would encourage members and their guests to take advantage of the very attractive price of £70 for members and £75 for guests.

- Nigel Black

Dress Code: Lounge suits. We are dining at a private members club and must adhere to the dress code which requires that gentlemen wear jackets and ties.

Guests: £75
Members: £70

Forthcoming events:
September 2015 –  Southern Rhone Dinner – Clos des Papes (tbc)

Monday, 2nd November 2015 – Claret Dinner – ‘15/20/25 years after’ at the Drapers’ Hall
December 2015 – Christmas tasting and raffle (tbc)

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