by Abigail Sayer
In the world today, we are constantly reminded of inequality between sexes and/or races. This is not new (unfortunately), but, what we are also seeing today is that people are focusing on the positive aspects of change that hopefully arise from the unfortunate negative situations people have been and still are put into, and honestly, we all need to do that a little more. Yes, we do live in a world where the political figures are continuously in battles against media accusing them of some sort of assault against women, only for that to get labelled as fake news, or many Hollywood executives now being shown for their low morals and monstrous behaviour. One thing that has come from this is the amount of women and people coming together to both shine a light on and also fight against all of this inequity.
This tasting was an opportunity to celebrate the positive evolution within the wine world. Not only did we all get to enjoy some delicious wines, but we also focused on how powerful and talented women are, especially within the wine scene. With the wines selected for the event, we ranged in style and in affordability. Not only was the wine delicious, but it was great to see everyone’s reactions and the conversation about the amazing dedication these women have.
Marie Courtin Efflorescence 2012
Cote des Bar, France
In 2005, Dominique Moreau purchased 2.5 hectares of land in the small village of Polisot, in Southern Champagne. Fearless and determined, Dominique has created a name for herself in the wine world, producing some of the most elegant and terroir-driven wine in the area. Named Efflorescence (meaning ‘something evolves in perpetuity’), this 100% Pinot Noir wine is hand-picked, fermented with native yeast for both primary and secondary fermentation, and is zero dosage. This wine has a fierce acidity, with notes of yeast, white peach and sour apple.
Bench 1775 Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Naramata Bench, British Columbia
Located on the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan – Winemaker/Viticulturist Val Tait, along with Wine Consultant Alain Sutre beautifully capture the essence of the Okanagan. Believing that the natural expression of the grape should always be seen first and foremost in her wine, Val has become a household name in the Canadian wine scene. For years, Bench 1775 has been ranked in the top 20 wineries in Canada, and that only seems to be the start. This Sauvignon Blanc is a true representation of Val’s talent as a winemaker, utilising the best grapes and fermenting in stainless steel to show the characteristics of Canadian grown Sauvignon Blanc. It showed tropical fruit, with a whole load of pineapple and mandarin.
Venus La Universal Dido Blanco 2015
Sara Perez and Rene Barbier Jr. are making waves in the Spanish modern wine world with their line of biodynamic, organic and sustainable wines. After seeing their vineyards struggle, Sara decided it was best for them to make the transition over to sustainable and organic farming. Since their switch, they have been producing some standout wine, with this Dido Blanco being the latest addition. A Blend of Macabeu, Garnacha Blanca and Xarello. This wine was showing more savoury notes, which we all loved. With aromas of olive, shrub bush, ripe yellow apple, the palate was full, with an oily texture. This is one white wine to drink all year round.
Tiberio Carasuolo d’Abruzzo 2016
In 2000, Riccardo Tiberio found a small lot of 60-year-old Trebbiano Abruzzese vines and decided he wanted a career change. In 2008, he handed over the reins to his daughter Cristiana, and son, Antonio, and they have made sure to keep the surname name in high regard. This wine is 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo that has been slightly pressed and underwent cold-maceration to give it an elegant scarlet colour. This wine had a surprising amount of structure, with notes of red berries, red cured meat and a touch of smoke.
Foradori Teroldego Rotaliano 2014
After the early passing of her father, Elisabetta Foradori took over the family vineyard at the young age of 19. It was her decision to slowly replant the winery with a clonal or massal selection of the Teroldego grape variety. With other producers in the same area, she was pivotal in saving the varietal. In 2000, she decided that she needed to do more and changed her vineyards into a biodynamic production after seeing the impact of conventional farming. Her wines are amongst – if not the very best in the world – when it comes to the Teroldego variety. Even though this wine is her entry-level label, it encapsulates the beauty of Elisabetta Foradori. The number one pick for the evening, this wine was showing very well, with peppermint, dark berries, cigar, leather and dust coating the palate to show a great example of Teroldego. For most, this was their first Teroldego wine, and I’m sure it will not be their last.
AltoLandon Organic Rayuelo 2012
Winemaker Rosalia Molina originally started out making wines solely for her family and friends. Once she realised she was getting rid of furniture in order to make more space for wine barrels, she decided it was time to fully immerse herself into the wine world. In vineyards 1100m above sea level, Rosalia is producing some unique wine within the area of Manchuela. Her Rayuelo label is a blend of Bobal, Malbec and Monastrell. Showing notes of violet, red and black pepper, and dark berries, it was more floral than expected but showed beautifully in the tasting.
Tetu Old Vine Grenache 2013
Kimberly James is a household name in the California Wine scene with her love and passion for fine wine. Having been in the wine business for 37 years, Kimberly not only runs a fine wine import company but also is now dabbling in producing some of her own wines. With the help of Richard Case in the Languedoc Region of France, they created Tetu to show their love for old vine Grenache. The wine showed ripe summer berries, with tar and a touch of sour cherries. Definitely the biggest and more fruit forward wine of the evening.
Once again, a huge thank you to everyone that joined in for this tasting. It’s important to show the powerful females in the wine world and to show that they are making some amazing, amazing wines. Thank you again to Peasant Cheese for supply the beautiful platters and pairings!