The courses are run and administered by MacQuillans of Dunluce Approved Programme Provider. They are taken by Peter Morris Wilson Nom. Ed., who was shortlisted for the “WSET Educator of the Year 2015”.
Peter is passionate about wine & spirit 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!
In 1821, Jean-Marie Loron, the mayor of Chénas and former manager of the Mâcon church estate created a business exporting Beaujolais and Mâcon wines.
Today, the business is managed by the sixth generation of the family. The quality and reliability of their wines are internationally renowned, their strong image of durability and longevity contributing to their excellent reputation.
We are delighted to welcome Oliver Campos for a tasting showcasing their gorgeous wines from Burgundy.
Last week we were thrilled to welcome Zita Rojkovich from Tempos Vega Sicilia to Belfast to show their world class wines from both Spain and Hungary.
The evening started with the Oremus Mandolas 2014, an outstanding dry white Tokaji made from Furmint. Macan 2012 Rioja, a joint venture with Bodegas Benjamin Rothchild, showed elegance and style. TheBodegas Pintia 2011 was a powerhouse of concentrated dark berry fruit and savoury notes.
We moved to Ribera de Duero for the next 3 wines. The 100% Tempranillo Bodegas Alion Reserva 2012 was rich, full bodied and textured with elegant silkiness on the palate. The stunning Bodegas Vega Sicilia Valbuena 2011 had amix of red and black berry fruits, with cinnamon, vanilla and toasted brioche coming through on the exceptional length. The last red was the jewel in Vega Sicilia’s crown – Unico 2008. Made from 94% Tempranillo and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon this complex wine showed blackberries, blackcurrants, leather, pencil shavings and spice. It was full bodied. smooth and still youthful. This is a wine with a great potential for ageing.
For the final two wines we moved back to Hungary for their beautiful dessert wines. The Oremus Late Harvest 2013 had lovely light orange and honey notes, making it a perfect partner to light fruit based desserts. Oremus 3 puttonyos Tokaji 2009 was rich with orange marmalade, dry honey and a sweetness that was perfectly balanced with a refreshing acidity.
This was an exceptional tasting and we hope all who attended enjoyed the experience as much as we did.
“Bodegas Vega Sicilia remains a benchmark for the world’s great red wines.”
(Jay Miller, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)
Vega Sicilia, founded in 1864 and situated in the Ribera del Duero, is Spain’s most prestigious wine estate. Makers of Unico and Valbuena they also own other fine wine estates in Rioja (in conjunction with Benjamin de Rothchild) and Toro in Spain, and Tokaji in Hungary.
This is a rare opportunity to taste some of the world’s greatest wines.