WanderCurtis Wine Quiz Night, Belsize Park, 7th February 2019
Getting together 100 people on a cold winter’s night was a formidable task. Lindsay and her excellent team were up to it.
We hosted at the Village School Belsize Park, raising money for Friends of Della and Don in support of Ratmalana in Sri Lanka devastated by the 2004 Tsunami.
We carefully selected wines to show of varietal qualities for the blind tasting quiz part of the evening and amended our wine quiz to compliment the evenings themes.
It featured an art auction with a collection of fine work from artists such as Grayson Perry and delicious homemade Italian cuisine by Riccardo of TortelliniCup.
The following wines were served-
Aperitif – Prosecco La Gioiosa et Amorosa NV DOC Treviso
Wine 1 Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2018 Lujan de Cuyo
Wine 2 Grand Ardèche Chardonnay 2016 Louis Latour
Break for Italian buffet
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2017 Monte Schiavo
Alain Grignon Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2017 PGI Pays de l’Hérault
Wine 3 Edna Valley Pinot Noir 2016
Wine 4 Valpolicella Ripasso 2016 Villa Borghetti
We used the local Majestic Wine in Chalk Farm. The Torrontes exhibited great typicity with floral fragrant notes of lychee and white blossom. This was in stark contrast to the buttery rich Chardonnay from Louis Latour.
The reds were similarly rewarding. To find a Pinot Noir of this quality from California for under a tenner was an achievement. The Edna Valley showed earthy qualities with a good red fruit core. Villa Borghetti’s Valpolicella Ripasso fermented on pomace from Amarone production displayed a richer wine with blueberry and spice aromas.
The winning table was ‘Chardonnay’ who leapt up in joy and around £11,000 raised for Charity.