Category Archives: NEWTS Tastings

Virginia: Old World Wine from the USA

The May tasting at NEWTS was a selection of wines from an area of the US with a long, if somewhat chequered history with winemaking. The Commonwealth of Virginia , nicknamed “Old Dominion” , the “Mother of Presidents” and the … Continue reading

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Wines of 2012

Now that 2012 has passed, and before 2013 gets off to a working start, it’s a good time to look back on a year full of enjoyable wine experiences and where I was lucky enough to taste some superb wines … Continue reading

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Night of the Premier Crus

September seems like ages ago now but David Whitaker gave the NEWTS a tasting that will stay in memory for a long time with a selection of fine and rare Burgundy Premier Crus. Dave had made connections in Burgundy Wines … Continue reading

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Bordeaux , a whistle stop tour

As I discussed in my Bordeaux, a History piece the region I chose for my second NEWTS tasting isn’t one where I’ve had any personal knowledge of experience of. The main reason I ended up standing in front of August’s … Continue reading

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Just one more glass…a NEWTS tasting

February’s NEWTS was a celebration of the range and character of French wines, subtitled “if I could have just one more glass”. Presenter and Society Chairman Geoff has been buying wine in France for 35 years, often returning to the … Continue reading

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A Preponderance of Port…a NEWTS tasting

The January 2012 NEWTS meeting was the first time since New Year that I’d really dedicated any time to wine; after my Christmas cold and return to work the days had quickly passed and I’d even manager to forget The … Continue reading

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Sleb Wines – A NEWTS Tasting

Celebrity wine; a damning phrase to some people but a must-have piece of memorabilia for die-hard fans. For years now it seems that many major (and a few more minor) celebrities get bitten by the wine bug in one way … Continue reading

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A Most Unusual (NEWTS) Tasting – Part 2

After some delicious whites the evening moved to the reds, but we stayed with Austria for the Pittnauer 2008 St. Laurent Dorflagen, a 13% Qualitätswein Trocken from the Burgenland region. Likened, and genetically related, to Pinot Noir, the St. Laurent … Continue reading

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A most unusual (NEWTS) tasting – Part 1

Last week’s NEWTS tasting was one for my fellow Wine Centurions, a selection of unusual grape varieties rarely seen in bottle or review. I took a slightly perverse enjoyment seeing the look of confusion on many of the faces in … Continue reading

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4 by 3…a NEWTS tasting

4 classic wine styles, 3 local retailers each offering an interpretation from their range; this was the premise for the July meeting of the North East Wine Tasting Society and meant a record 12 wines for the 2 hour meeting. … Continue reading

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