A weekend away in a small market town in Leicestershire sounds nice, a weekend away in a small market town including a full day wine tasting, now, that sounds like something not to be missed. This is exactly what we did on the weekend of 21st November 2014, my wife and I along with seven other Oenophiles booked into a Hotel in the quaint village of Market Bosworth.
The Hotel we stayed at (Bosworth Hall) is a Grade II listed 17th century mansion located just outside the charming town of Market Bosworth which is set in superb grounds including tennis courts and Croquet lawns, all very English.
We arrived on Friday afternoon but the actual Wine Tasting event was on Saturday, this gave us time to settle and meet up with everyone before our drinking marathon. The tasting was run by ThirtyFifty who specialise in private and corporate wine tastings / wine courses.
Our boozy day was hosted by the amiable pairing of ThirtyFifty’s double act Rob & Robert and ran from around 10.00am right through to 4.30pm. As we walked into the tasting room there was a vast array of bottles all laid out at the front , our tables set out for around 50/60 people had pens, paper tasting notes, general information, water bottles and spittoons (not quite sure what the spittoons were there for ?).
Over the course of the day we were given a lot of information by Rob & Robert , remembered most of it apart from being a little more sketchy towards the end of the afternoon, not sure why !. They used little gimmicks, competitions, even a blind tasting of three wines which we managed to identify two, one of them a Gewurztraminer from New Zealand called Spy Valley (one of the day’s highlights) the other being a Californian Zinfandel, we failed on the third although it was a blend but predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, still as Meatloaf said ‘Two out of three ain’t bad’.
We tasted two very different Chardonnays, ‘a particularly nice French one’ (had to stick that comment in as it struck a chord with one of our French wine lovers) the second Chardonnay was from Argentina but had far too much oak. First red of the day was a lovely Chianti, then the wines just kept coming, Malbec, Ribera del Duero, more Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc. We were served a filling lunch accompanied by even more wine an excellent Albarino and a Douro followed by a fresh ginger, Marmalade sweet dessert wine.
The afternoon was more fun and games, good info and a little more wine, even posh Chocolate wine pairing, finishing off with some sparklers, (drinking kind not the fireworks).
As I said earlier the highlight was the blind tasting Gewurztraminer from Marlborough. The heavily oaked fatty Chardonnay from Argentina and to a lesser degree the sparkling wines were our least favourites.
Overall the day was a fantastic success and we all enjoyed it tremendously and would recommend ThirtyFifty without hesitation.
Why ThirtyFifty ??? – named after the latitudes where the majority of the world’s wine grapes are grown, between 30 degrees and 50 degrees latitude, North and South of the equator.
Big thanks to Clare who arranged this and thanks for providing the pictures from Aimetu’s blog, I was a bit busy drinking, sorry tasting !
My Rating 8.5/10 Corks