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Adnams Wine Club Tasting Notes - December 2015

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Adnams Wine ClubJoin The Adnams Wine Club and we'll serve you up an enticing range of wines perfect for the season and delivered straight to your door. Our wine club is completely flexible - you choose wether you want a case of red wine, white wine or a mix of the two for each quarterly case. You can also decide how much you want to spend with three tiers of pricing; £89, £135 and £180. Mix and match it however you please throughout the year. Sign up to our wine club here. Each quarter our Senior Wine buyer, Alastair Marshall, selects 12 bottles of wine, often from small vineyards or exciting new wine regions and well suited to the time of year. Each case contains full tasting notes with food-matching suggestions. There's also room to add your own tasting notes too. And it’s not just great wines you’ll be treated to – you’ll also receive 10% off any other purchases made online, in our Adnams Stores or via mail order when you call 01502 727222. This offer also includes 10% off stays at our Adnams Hotels!* If you’re already a subscriber, here is the introduction for the December Adnams Wine Club cases by Alastair. Underneath you can download his tasting notes for the red and white wines included in the three different price brackets available. "Seasons Greetings.

It seems only the other day that I was quoting that ‘A day without wine is like a day without sunshine’.  It was, in fact, in last December’s letter!  Well, since then, it turned out that here in Southwold we have had plenty of days with wine as well as with sunshine – but not necessarily always together! I hope that you at least had one, if not both, to ease you through the year.

2015 was very much a year of vinous ups and downs, but with a strong pound giving us price stability, which combined with the lack of a great vintage to overheat the market, left the classic region of Bordeaux selling us decent wines at modest prices. Eastern Europe never really moved beyond delivering decent wine at great prices, and we may have to wait another half decade before a £20 wine from the likes of Moldova excites the palate. On the plus side, the retrenchment of the range of wines sold in the run-of-the-mill supermarkets, left them selling big brands, and gave a new lease of life to hundreds of small, independent UK wine merchants, who rushed in and made their wine-scape a little more interesting.

It is good to look back, but peering forward and guessing what is coming down the road towards us is distinctly more fun. There are a couple of developments that I can be fairly sure of in 2016; quality fizz from the UK’s south coast will continue to grow in volume and popularity, and quality wines from Australia will make a modest come-back. This hardly needs great powers of divination as there is a mass of new UK vineyards about to come on-stream, and the £/Australian Dollar exchange-rate has much improved recently. Requiring a bit more faith, however, is my belief that Beaujolais, because of the open, friendly nature of its wines (and people), will experience a revival of fortune.

Happy Tasting" Alastair Marshall Download the £89 Tasting Notes (PDF, 1.7MB) Download the £135 Tasting Notes (PDF, 1.7MB) Download the £180 Tasting Notes (PDF, 1.7MB)