Saturday, January 24, 2015

Swirl Sniff Spit's Overseas Experience

Andrew Nielsen - Le Grappin
Tickets are available for Swirl, Sniff, Spit's February tasting; via ticketing platform Eventbrite, here.

Wanderlust! The early history of (white settlement in) Australia is full of the legends of intrepid explorers, of those seeking new frontiers and pushing new boundaries. The modern inception of that is OE, the beloved Overseas Experience.

Winemakers are no exception. Seeking inspiration from classic wines made overseas, drinking them in copious amounts too. And then there are those winemakers who take the time to make wines overseas, either on a permanent basis, to undertake vintage or just produce something under their own name elsewhere.

Can you see where this is heading....? So, pop Tuesday 17th February in your Swirl Sniff Spit heads off for a bit of OE (passport not required).

Provisional Line-up (subject to change, vintage availability): 

Ulithorne Vermentinu 2013 @UlithorneWine
Timo Mayer Kemstal Kabinett Riesling Twitter 2011 n/a

Croser Tunakilla Riesling 2008 @Tapanappa
Le Grappin Beaune 1er Cru Les Greves Blanc @legrappin

Jane Eyre Sauvigny Les Baunes Aux Vergelesses 1er Cru 2011 @JaneEyreWines

Le Grappin 1er Boucherottes @legrappin

2 Men in Mendoza Uco Valley Malbec 2012 @TwoMenInMendoza
Jed Argentinian Cab Franc @JedWines

L'Imposteur Collioure AOC 2010 @MonsieurFoster
Fletcher Barolo 'Alta Pete' 2010 @FletcherWines

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