On the grapevine

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Front Page -

I am still plough­ing my way through the huge num­ber of Fiendish Wine

Quiz en­tries, and will an­nounce the win­ner next week. I have been re­vi­talised by the high qual­ity of nit­pick­ing this year and par­tic­u­larly ap­pre­ci­ate the two pages of notes sent in by one reader who picked holes in sev­eral ques­tions. One thing has sur­prised me. I set a trap in the Lit­tle Ge­orge ques­tion that more than half the en­trants fell into. If you ex­pect a Bur­gundy-shaped bot­tle with a Pétrus (Bordeaux) la­bel to sell for a very high price then this col­umn needs to go back to ba­sics for a while.

Martinez Wines in Ilk­ley is plan­ning to re-start its in­for­mal evening tast­ing ses­sions, gen­er­ally known as its Sip­ping So­ci­ety. They will run on the sec­ond Wed­nes­day of the month, start­ing in March. Con­tact Philip on 01943 600000.

The ebul­lient, in­for­ma­tive, great-fun speaker and world-class wine­maker Ernst Loosen will be at Field & Fawcett in York on Jan­uary 27 to present his Dr Loosen and Villa Wolf wines. A three-course din­ner and tast­ing costs just £30. Ring 01904 489073 for de­tails.

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