Monday, November 10, 2014

Swirl Sniff Spit's Iberian Wine Holiday

Holiday season is almost here...and to get you in the mood for our November tasting, we'll be featuring 12 wines from Spain and Portugal. The event is ticketed, tickets available via Eventbrite.
Our special guest host Pete Rogers of Naked Bunch Wines will guide us on a journey through the regions and styles of two of the oldest wine producing countries in Europe. Many of the producers Pete works with focus on native Iberian varietals, producing fruitful, authentically savoury wines that are balanced, elegant and importantly, delicious!
Come and join us on what is sure to be one of our best tastings this year.

Branco vs Blanco
Bracket 1
Quinta do Ameal Loureiro 2012, Vinhos Verdes Portugal 
Telmo Rodriguez ‘Gaba do Xil’ Godello 2013 Valdeorras, Spain

Bracket 2
Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas Branco (Bical blend) 2012 Regional Beiras Portugal 
Eidosela Albarino 2012 Rias Baixas, Spain @BodegasEidosela

Bracket 3
Alvaro Castro Dao Branco (Encruzado blend) 2011, Dao Portugal
Capcanes Mas Donis Blanc (Garnacha blanc) 2013, Montsant, Spain @cellercapcanes

Tinto vs Tinto
Bracket 4
Luis Pato Baga 2008, Regional Beiras Portugal 
Viernes Mencia 2012 Bierzo Spain

Bracket 5
Alvaro Castro Dao Tinto (Touriga blend) 2012 
Roda Sela 2011 Rioja

Bracket 6
Quinta do Vale Dona Maria ‘Rufo’ (Douro field blend) 2011, Douro, Portugal  
Alvaro Palacios ‘Camins del Priorat’ 2011, Priorat, Spain

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Swirl Sniff Spit - Spring: New Beginnings and New Releases

Just quietly, tickets are available for out Spring tasting here.

Spring is the season of new life, of new beginnings and renewal. In the wine industry it's when the vines start 'springing' back into life, a process known as budburst, and it's also when we start to see new releases hit the shelves and become available through wine clubs.

At Swirl, Sniff, Spit we're keen to show the best of some of these releases as we see them. As ever, there may be a few quirks, a few releases that year-in-year-out offer excellent drinking and will be perfect for the warmer months ahead.

Final line-up subject to confirmation:

Smallfry Cinsault Grenache Pétillant Naturel Rosé 2014 
Yangarra Pet Nat 2014 

Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc
Briar Ridge 2014 
Guthrie Wines 'The Little Things' Sauvignon Blanc 2014 @HugeWino

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley 2014 @Pewseyvale
O'Leary Walker Watervale 2014 @OLearyWalker

Other Whites
De Bortoli Vinoque Oval Pinot Blanc 2014 @DeBortoliWines
Chaffey Brothers Wine Co Düfte Punkt 2014 @ChaffeyBrosWine

Oliver's Taranga Chica Mencia Rosé 2014 
Chaffey Brothers Wine Co 'Not Your Grandmother's' Rosé 2014 @ChaffeyBrosWine

Dominique Portet Rosé 2014 @portetwines 

Yangarra PF 2014 @Yangarra
Battle of Bosworth Puritan 2014 @BosworthWines

We hope you can join us for our September tasting.