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Adnams Seasonal Cellar Tasting Notes - December 2014

By sarahhowe, also posted in News on

Make 2015 the year you try new and exciting wines by joining The Adnams Seasonal Cellar wine club. Each quarter Adnams’ Senior Wine Buyer, Alastair Marshall, selects 12 bottles of wine, often from small vineyards or exciting new wine regions, which are then delivered free to your home. Sign up to our wine club here. An it's not just great wines you'll be treated to - you’ll also receive 10% off any other purchases made online, in our Cellar & Kitchen Stores or via mail order when you call 01502 727222. And this offer has now been extended to include 10% off stays at our Adnams Hotels!* *Not available in addition or in conjunction with any other discount or promotion, including staff or shareholder discounts. Choose the case price that matches your budget and the mix that suits your taste (you can change this at any time once you are a member). If you’re already a subscriber, here is the introduction for December's Seasonal Cellar Club cases by Senior Wine Buyer Alastair Marshall. Underneath you can download his tasting notes for the red and white wines included in the three different price brackets available. "As the New Year approaches it is time to reflect on the highlights of 2014 and look forward to what 2015 might have to offer. The wines of Eastern Europe certainly came to the fore last year and I think that these wines, by reason of quality and value, will move from ‘left field’ to a more main-stream place in our wine cabinets. We continue to keep an eye out for new developments in this huge region, and can whet your palates by letting you know that one of the best wines that we have tasted of late was an unoaked Chardonnay from Austria, which will undoubtedly appear in the not too distant future. Looking at last year’s cases I see that the wines of Italy and Spain, particularly white wines, had quite a strong presence and that this was at the expense of the wines of the New World. Have we tired of the big, blousy oaked-styles beloved of Australia, and California in particular? The answer is definitely yes.  This is just as well, because many of the wines that I am tasting now from these regions are nothing like that, but are wines to which the words ‘elegant’ and ‘delicate’ might well apply. We will be using more of these wines next year, for sure. Certainly one of the great vinous successes of 2014 was the rise of English sparkling wine, to a status that rivals Champagne on the quality stakes. Unfortunately most of these wines also, justifiably, are toting Champagne-level prices and so are out of reach of the Seasonal cases. However, I am an optimist, and so will keep a sharp eye out for a good example that fits. We love to give you wines that are ‘exotic’ in their provenance and I am sure that some of you, when spying that your bottle has come from Anatolia, Moldova or Bangalore, have raised an eyebrow at the challenge in store. We trust that you will not be disappointed - all the wines are selected because we think they taste good, no matter how exotic the origin.  There were a couple of terrible clichés around when I first entered the wine trade 40 years ago; firstly ‘Life is too short to drink bad wine’ and ‘A day without wine is a like a day without sunshine’. On reflection, these are truisms that I am now comfortable with and although I urge you to resist buying the T shirt, I recommend them to you. Happy tasting!"       Alastair Marshall Senior Wine Buyer Download the £89 Tasting Notes (PDF, 1.5 MB) Download the £135 Tasting Notes (PDF, 1.5 MB) Download the £180 Tasting Notes (PDF, 1.4 MB)