Doesn’t seem like long ago I was at my local Majestic in Ruislip for their summer tasting, now with the nights drawing in it was time for another visit in-store and another excellent event. Majestic really do these tastings well, their staff are all friendly, always accommodating and nothing was too much trouble.
The tasting normally runs from 6.30pm -8.30pm but when my friend and I arrived at around 6.15pm there was already a few people gathering. We were told that around a hundred were arriving which seemed rather a lot compared to other events I have attended, in the end probably around forty or so turned up over the course of the two hours, still quite a big turn out.
We were given a tasting sheet listing all the wines to be tasted and we were offered a chilled glass of Prosecco to start the evening off with. Looking around the whites were all chilling nicely in large ice buckets on the tasting counter and the reds were positioned at various points around the store. The wines on show were, in no particular order
Whites – The Astronomer Australian Chardonnay, Toledana Gavi, Jackson Estate Grey Ghost Sauvignon Blanc, Pouilly Fume and an Alsace Gerwurztraminer.
Reds – Chateau Tour Haut Caussan Medoc 2006, Ciabot Berton Barolo 2011, Ben Marco Malbec, Astronomer Shiraz and the Definition Beaujolais Villages.
All good in their particular price range but I must say I was impressed with the JE Grey Ghost and the Barolo although both a little on the pricey side, not that the other wines were bad it’s just those two stood out.
The evening was another hit and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, I didn’t buy any of the wines on show but I did buy 6 bottles including a Spanish Sauvignon Blanc, a Godello, Monastrell, Mencia, Beefsteak Malbec and a rather lovely Italian Tasca Regaleali made with local Inzolia, Greciano, Caterratto and Chardonnay.
Thanks again to the guys from Majestic Ruislip