Anthony’s Team Online Wine Tasting

Anthony's Team is celebrating a great year! Well done guys, Well deserved Dec 2022
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Welcome to Your Virtual Wine Tasting Annual Celebration Event !

It has been a great year for the sales team and celebrations are well deserved!

Anthony has put together this virtual tasting for the team and prepared a selection of wines to taste! You will find these wines listed bellow with some comments. We will talk about each wine while I guide you through your sensory analysis. We will also talk about each region’s unique characteristics and eventually I will leave you with some tips and tricks on how to make the most out of your next wine event.

Tab Here To Join (Thu, Dec 22, 8:30 PM − 9:45 PM GMT)

Everybody has the ability to Taste. Not many know how to use it! I am here to help you understand how it’s done! I will introduce you to the world of wine tasting using a simple Sensory Analysis Procedure.

There is no right or wrong and tasting is not a competition of any sort. It’s all about understanding the fermented beverage in your glass. Check out the Q & A tab to find answers to questions discussed during the sessions.  Please use the Comment Box bellow to leave your thoughts and questions. That would give our experience a great kickstart. Tab on the subtitles bellow to find out how to prepare.

The Wines in this tasting

The Pass Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Expect aromas of passionfruit, guava and lemongrass, a palate of tropical fruit flavours and a vibrant acidity make for a crisp and refreshing wine.

McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Red Blend

Expect a generous forward plum and berry fruit bouquet with hints of tobacco and vanilla from oak use. In the mouth, the chocolate cherry flavors typical of Merlot should stand out with the fresh-herb peppery spice of Cabernet Sauvignon.

De Mont Côteaux Varois en Provence AOC

Expect aromas of Citrus and exotic fruit flavours Grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, lychee, etc. This aromatic style is increasingly popular and can often be found in Provence rosés.

Pure Bred Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Wine Styles

Let’s sniff out the details about your favorite wine style. The more you know, the better the wine. Click through your collection of wine profiles to sip them in.

Sauvignon Blanc accounts for more than 85 percent of regional production. Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough exploded onto the world wine scene in the 1980s and 1990s. Such was the success of  that it is widely regarded as the variety’s New World home.

The wine is noted for its relative lack of subtlety, its intense flavors of green pepper and gooseberry, and a character that has been famously described as “cat’s pee on a gooseberry bush”.

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc remains the bread-and-butter performer for the industry, and many wineries from outside the region own or lease vineyards, or buy grapes or wine to be able to offer this key product and strengthen their portfolio. 

Silky pale pink colour ranging from salmon to very light pink and onion skin. Their nose is complex and expressive and displays floral notes along with a very broad array of fruit aromatics – citrus, tropical fruits, sun-ripened fruits and fresh red fruits. Their palate is elegant and ample yet also aromatic and persistent, and consistently shows great balance between roundness and freshness.

Cabernet Sauvignon (kab-er-nay saw-vin-yawn) is one of the most respected grape varieties. The grape is widely grown throughout the world and is known to be consistent, with complex flavors, that develop after long periods of time. It is the most planted of all the red grape varieties. The varietal is a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.

Cabernet Sauvignon wines tend to have deep color, good structure, and a full body. They are tannic in youth, especially when aged in oak and often require a few years to develop. This is a wine that can age. Because of the tannin in Cabernet Sauvignon, vintners tend to mix this grape with at least one other to reduce the “astringency.” Usually a Cabernet Sauvignon blend is made with merlot, as it is not as tannic and brings a nice fruity flavor to the wine.

When the grape is produced in a cooler climate you will get more red fruit and a lighter style. The warmer climate produces more black fruit-forward wines with higher alcohol and tannins. The varietal requires plenty of heat and sunny climates to fully ripen. It is at home in warmer climates. These vines thrive well in sand, gravel and stone soil environments.

Some of the dominant flavors on the nose and palate include black currant, black cherry, eucalyptus, mint, bell pepper (cool climate); dark chocolate, cedar, vanilla, tobacco, (aged in new oak ); coffee, caramel, cigar box (well-aged).

Merlot (murr-low) is a red wine grape variety with deep historical roots in Bordeaux and Southwest France.

Merlot is a much fruitier wine than Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a nice flavor, reminiscent of black currant. Merlot has a beautiful dark color, is full-bodied and is high in alcohol content. Merlot is also the most planted grape in Bordeaux and is very popular in California, Italy, Chile and other regions where Cabernet is grown.

Merlot wine, known for black cherry flavors, silky tannins, and smooth finish, is easily confused with Cabernet Sauvignon, its frequent blending partner and sibling grape. Both Merlot and Cab Sauv are offspring of the Cabernet Franc grape.

In the vineyards, the Merlot grape matures early and ripens fully even in slightly cooler climates. In recent decades, the grape’s presence continues to increase due to its reliable ripening characteristics.

The Regions

We are going on a journey tonight! We have a good mixture of wine producing regions.  That will help us get an overall feeling of the diversity of wines produced in different parts of the world.

Marlborough is New Zealand’s most important wine region by far. It is particularly famous for its pungent, zesty white wines made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety. Many other grape varieties also perform well here albeit on a tiny scale. 

Sea breezes are a vital part of the Marlborough terroir. Sunshine during the day is tempered by the wind, leading to a substantial diurnal temperature variation, which gives the grapes time to develop an expressive varietal character without losing their characteristic acidity.

The official Geographical Indication area stretches northeastwards up the Pacific coast and there are three main subregions; the Wairau Valley, Southern Valleys and the Awatere Valley.

While non-packaged wine shipments (for own-brands and brands bottled in the market region) account for a little less than 40 percent of total volume, these still command prices of which other counties’ bulk wine exporters would be envious. Indeed, the New Zealand wine industry, with Marlborough at the spearhead, has the highest average price per liter of any country exporting wine.

The vineyards of Coteaux Varois en Provence are located in the heart of “calcareous Provence” in Southern France. In its basins and narrow valleys, production is strictly limited to 28 communes grouped around Brignoles,

These grapevines grow at altitude: at an average of 350 metres, with the highest plots at 500 metres. Additionally, the presence of rocky mountain ranges provide a natural blockade against maritime influences.

AVA = American Viticulture Area

California is the largest and most important wine region in the USA. It produces 90 percent of American-made wine. It also supplies more than 60 percent of all wine consumed in the country. With mountains, valleys, plains and plateaux, California’s topography is as complex as its climate, offering winegrowers a bewildering choice of terroir. Even though a wide range of traditional European vines is also cultivated, the principal varieties grown in California are Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. 

Shopping Tip:- Generally, the cooler regions closer to the coast are better suited to cool climate grape varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Further inland – where the climate is much hotter – some of California’s most famous red wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon. Zinfandel produces some outstanding examples throughout the state.

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