Our Spring Wine Fair - A review!

Friday 13th May saw the return of our Spring Wine Fair. Once again, we were lucky to be joined by growers and importers from a great range of companies and a superb array of wines from around the world.

These events always attract a great crowd and this was no exception, including some of our regular tasters and it was great to see some new faces.

With 109 wines, sparklers, spirits and more (as well as some cheese!) from 9 countries and a massive range of regions and varieties to go at, this was going to be some ask! Here, I have picked out some of the stars of the show for me...

We always like to start off the evening with a drop of something fizzy, so this time, my starting point was Bollinger Rose (and why not?!). As usual, it didn't disappoint. Perfectly in keeping with the house style, this is fresh, yet balanced and a stunning pink Champagne. Keeping with the fizz theme, next up was Cremant de Limoux Les Graimenous. A really interesting, great quality sparkler from this great Southern French region. An elegant break from the usual sparkling norms.

There was an array of amazing whites to go to, but with so much choice, being selective was key! Altano Douro White was a great pick. From the Symington Port producing stable, featuring a host of native Portuguese varieties. Fresh and zesty, this is unusual yet delicious! Moving on to Spanish whites next, I tried a couple of stonkers, both featuring the Godello grape. The stand out (and possibly wine of the night!) was Moure Tradicion Blanco Barrica - a blend of Albarino and Godello aged in acacia barrels. This was packed with flavour and quite intense and a superb quality wine (it has a red partner too which was also incredible).

Reds next (via a Doorly's Rum stop off - 12 year old Bajan rum. Amazing quality and just delicious) and first up was Torres Altos Ibericos Graciano - an excellent choice. Torres never fail to disappoint and this represents excellent value for such a quality wine. Another stand out wine and a firm favourite with Portland staff and customers alike is the Casa Silva Microterroir Carmenere. This latest batch is the 2008 vintage and as usual it is a very limited parcel. Casa Silva are the most awarded winery in Chile and when you drink this you can understand why! Big and bold as you'd expect for a Chilean Carmenere but this is elegant and classy. Well worth the money for a special treat!

This is just a snapshot of the wines available on the night - it was a superb tasting and everyone had a different favourite. If you missed out, not to worry! Our next Wine Fair is Friday 4th November at the Bowdon Hotel. We hope to see many of you there.