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More than 500 people filled Vinopolis last week for the 2011 Square Meal Around the World wine tasting. The event was a showcase for some of the world’s best producers, with visitors being able to take their pick from more than 250 wines.
Champagne was well represented, with big names such as Louis Roederer, Pol Roger, GH Mumm, Gosset and Charles Heidsieck, with a few lucky visitors to the Roederer stand even getting the chance to taste its prestige cuvee, Cristal.
France’s other big-hitting regions, Bordeaux and Burgundy, were represented, with particular highlights being Château de Pez from St-Estèphe and Joseph Drouhin, the latter showing its top-end Clos des Mouches wines (white and red), as well as a premier-cru Chambolle-Musigny.
Further afield, Spanish producer Torres showed its mastery at both ends of the price spectrum, with its refreshing entry-level white, Viña Esmerelda, to Salmos from the much-lauded Priorat region, to its legendary single-vineyard Mas La Plana, while Italy was well catered for in the shape of the silky wines of Antinori and Castello Banfi.
Those with a preference for New World wines weren’t left out. Aussie fans tried wines from Penfolds (including the elegant Reserve Bin 08A Chardonnay), Wirra Wirra, Yalumba, De Bortoli, Brown Brothers and Jacob’s Creek, while Jackson waved the flag for New Zealand, and Chile was represented by Santa Carolina. In addition, wine experts Richard Bampfield MW and Hamish Anderson were on hand to answer any questions from guests, as well as offer advice on how to taste.
Hungry drinkers tucked into jamón from Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante, Caerphilly cheese, and chocolates from London’s Rococo, while live music came from the sultryjazz tones of Tommy Ludgate – halfway through the evening, she passed the microphone to Simon Stiell, director of tourism at the Grenada Tourist Board, who conducted a prize draw which saw City worker Greg Ship win a week’s holiday for two to Grenada – courtesy of the tourist board and British Airways.
Square Meal’s publisher Mark de Wesselow said: ‘Our Around the World wine tasting was a terrific success. There were some excellent wines on show and some delicious food, and it was great to see Vinopolis packed with so many enthusiastic wine lovers. See you next year!’
Square Meal would like to thank the event's official water sponsor, Fiji water.