This week we have enjoyed some fantastic Italian wines at tastings tutored by DWS favourite Michael Palij MW.
We had the pleasure of enjoying wines from some of the more “off the beaten track” regions, including Abruzzo, Marche, Sicily & Emilia Romagna. From the light citrus flavours of Terra Firma Catarratto to the full & savoury Nicodemi Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, each of the wines tasted proved again just how special wines from Italy can be. As always, Michael’s passion and enthusiasm for his specialist subject shone through leaving everyone with the feeling they had met the winemakers behind the wine. Last night’s tasting finished on the joyful note of Vittorio Graziano Fontana di Boschi Lambrusco, which proved to be very popular, and is probably like no Lambrusco you’ve tasted before!
Terra Firma Catarratto, Sicily
Saladini Pilastri Falario, Marche
Terrana Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Abruzzo Red
Terra Firma Nero d’Avola, Sicily
Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno, Marche
La Pieve Chianti, Tuscany
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Terms & Conditions There will be 1 winner randomly selected. The winner must be able to collect the 6 bottle case from Direct Wine Shipments No alternative prize is available Entrants must be over 18 The winner will be chosen on Friday 5th February at 5pm and will be notified on our Facebook page.
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Congratulations to Peter Morris Wilson WSET Dip., the Approved Programme Provider (APP) for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Courses at Direct Wine Shipments on his tremendous achievement on being shortlisted for the “WSET Educator of the Year 2015”.
Peter is passionate about wine education and it is fanastic that he has received global recognition for all his hard work, coming in the top 8 from over 2000 wine educators worldwide!
If you are interested in studying for the interntionally recognised WSET qualifications with Peter, the next courses are:
Little Beauty is a bespoke, multiple award winning independent winery from the unique Waihopai Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand. It is made with good old Kiwi passion and pride.
2008 was only the first vintage and it is only ever going to be available as a limited release. In fact, so limited, the annual production volume represents a tiny 0.0005% of the total UK market share!
We are delighted to welcome back Little Beauty’s co-owner Fleur McCree to Direct Wine Shipments to showcase these fantastic wines.
Turkey & Chicken
In general chicken & turkey work very well with Chardonnay. Richer, lightly oaked styles go well with a roast, for example white Burgundy, while the classic match for red drinkers is Bordeaux. For Christmas dinner with all the trimming you may want to consider Rhône reds such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Reserva or Gran Reserva Rioja, Chianti or for new world Pinot Noir.
Duck & Goose
Both duck and goose have a high fat content & therefore work best with fragrant wines with good acidity; good quality Pinot Noirs are ideal. For fans of white wine try with Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris or Riesling.
Beef or Venison
When looking at matching wine & red meat the obvious choice is red wine. Classic choices include Cabernet & Merlot based Bordeaux, full bodied Italian or Spanish reds & from the New World, a rich Malbec or Shiraz.
In 2016 Direct Wine Shipments Wine Academy will offer a range of Wine & Spirit Education Trust® Qualifications through our education partner Peter Morris Wilson who is a WSET® Approved Programme Provider & Certified Educator. These are open to all our retail and trade customers.
Wednesday 3rd, Wednesday 10th & Wednesday 17th February 2016
Our popular wine course begins with an introduction to wine tasting. Over the 3 weeks we will explore wine styles, classic grape varieties and some of the more unusual ones from around the world.
Even if you have been on a course before it’s worth keeping up to date. The wine world is constantly changing and this course is always a good opportunity to taste new wines, discover new regions or rediscover old ones.
The course costs £95 per person for 3 weeks. This includes all lectures and notes, plus a tasting kit consisting of 6 ISO tasting glasses, corkscrew and pen.
Join us for our next wine masterclasses.
Each session will be limited to a maximum of 16 people. This small group session will provide a great opportunity to ask the wine questions you have always wanted to.
These classes will be suitable for all levels of wine knowledge and a fun way to try 6 different wines.
The classes will be taken by Wine Educator Alastair Bell A.I.W.S. Alastair is a wine lecturer at Queens University Belfast, Institute of Lifelong Learning and the winner of the NI Wine Taster of the year in 2000. He has worked in the wine trade over a number of years.
Saturday 23rd January, 12 noon – South America £20pp – SOLD OUT
We are delighted to be shortlisted again for the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) Independent Retailer of the Year Award 2015. Having won this award in 2013 it is an honour to make the final again.
“There have been a string of success stories in Northern Ireland in recent months from restaurants, chefs, tourism, boxing & who could forget our football team. It’s great to see how hard work, passion and creativity in Northern Ireland is paying off on a national stage! Being considered one of the best in the UK is a real boost to the Direct Wine Shipments team and customers. We are ecstatic!” Peter McAlindon
The results will be announced on Thursday 26th November in the Guildhall in London.