It was lovely to see so many people at our last meeting and yet sad that after 51 years the club is closing. Many members would like to keep in touch and the idea of a couple of lunches a year has been suggested. Hopefully
something can be arranged.
Although it was the last meeting, Chris organised an excellent blind tasting of Riojas. Firstly, he explained the historical and geographical background of these wines. He then described
the four age-based classifications: Generic Rioja (young wine), Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva. Our challenge was to place the following bottles, with hidden labels, into their correct category.
Vinedos Barrihuelo, Crianza, 2018, 13.5%, Sainsburys, £6.50
b) Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva, 2016, 13.5%, Sainsburys, £10.
Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo, Generic, 2019, 13.5%, Sainsburys, £8.
d) Baron Amarillo Rioja Gran Reserva 2014, 13.5%, Aldi, £12.
the hints which Chris gave during the tasting, this task was quite a tough one. These were all very pleasant wines, but it was generally agreed that D was the favourite and good value for money.
Thank you, Chris
for a well-researched and enjoyable tasting evening.