By Gareth Groves
Yesterday was our Bibendum W1 trade tasting, held in the grand splendour of Chandos House in central London. Our resident photographer, Tom Jacques, was out and about with his camera and we’ve published some of his shots below. You can see more on Tom’s Flickr page.
The wines were looking great. Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2006 was immense: perfumed, tannic, powerful and bright. Keeping on an Italian theme, Fratelli Barba’s cheap but oh so cheerful Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colle Morino 2009 was light and fresh but packed with bitter cherry flavour. New World lovers were making a beeline for St Hallett’s Garden of Eden Shiraz 2008 – a fantastic, well-mannered wine that tips the scales at a very well-balanced 13.5% and proves that not all Aussie reds are sledgehammer wielding blockbusters.
Away from the bottles, the biggest surprise was the evening turnout. It was the first time we had run a trade tasting later in the day. Conventional wisdom says trade tastings take place during the day and consumer at night. It seems the rules need to be rewritten. We had more people through the door after 8 o’clock than between 2 and 4pm.
This was definitely not our last evening tasting for the trade.