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Christmas tastings

We have two Christmas tastings every year: one here and one in Norwich. Very different crowds but the selection of wines is more or less the same for both so it is interesting to see what goes down well at each event. The line up for this Saturday is as follows:

Sparkling wines
1.      PROSECCO Grandi e Gabana                                                                                                
2.      CHAMPAGNE 1er Cru Michel Rocourt 'Blanc des Blancs'                                                         

White wines
3.      SAUVIGNON BLANC Moulin de Gassac, VDP de l'Hérault 2012     
4.      PINOT GRIGIO Grandi e Gabana, Latisano 2012 'Terre d'Argilla' 
5.      CAIRANNE-CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES Domaine Brusset 2012 'Les Travers' 
6.      CÔTES DU RHÔNE Raymond Usseglio 2012 'Les Claux'        
7.    GIVRY Domaine Joblot 2010 'En Veau'       

Red wines
8.   BARBERA D'ASTI Cascina Saria 2011 'Convento'  
9.   BARBERA D'ASTI Cascina Saria 2010 'San Lorenzo'    
10.  LANGHE NEBBIOLO Cascina Saria 2010 'Riddolina'    
11.  GRENACHE Domaine de Cristia 2010 'Vieilles Vignes'      
12.  CÔTES DU RHÔNE Domaine Grand Veneur 2010  
13.  SIGNARGUES-COTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES Domaine de la Charité 2010 'Cayenne'     
14.  PRIMITIVO DI MANDURIA Sampietrana 2009 'Carlone'                            
15.  RIOJA CRIANZA Miguel Angel Muro, 2009               
16.  BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR Château Teyssier 2006 'Pezat'  
17.  CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE Raymond Usseglio 2007 
18.  CÔTES DU RHÔNE Christophe Coste 2007 'Les Ombres' SYRAH 

Sweet wines
19.   RASTEAU Domaine des Côteaux des Travers 2007     
20.   RASTEAU RANCIO Domaine Bressy-Masson   


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