On Thursday 5th December, we’ll be joined by Ana Peršurić, who’ll be taking over one of our tables to pour samples and talk about her wines. Pop along from 5.30pm and say hi…!
ANA PERŠURIĆ & MISAL FLY THE CROATIAN FLAG IN THE UK
3 - 5 DECEMBER 2013
Traditionally, winemaking seems to have been in the hands of men over generations in Croatia, with the women taking more of a backseat, perhaps being called in to lend a hand at harvest time! There are certainly few women at the helm of their top wineries today.
Step forward Katarina and Ana Peršurić, young sisters who have taken over the family vineyards at Peršurići, a tiny village with their family name, just outside Poreč on coastal Adriatic Istria. The Peršurić grandfather, being a landowner, was given his seat in local government and, as part of that accolade, was provided with a Catholic Missal, as were all local politicians. From that significant offering came the name ‘Misal’ that lives on in the range of sparkling wines that Katarina and Ana make today, and that makes them one of the largest producers of sparkling wines in Croatia, and certainly the most well-known, with an annual production of around 40,000 bottles.
Grandfather Peršurić was a still wine producer and it was his granddaughters that made the decision to change that family tradition. The vineyards are all less than 500 metres from the winery making it a close hands-on family affair. Each Misal takes at least two and a half years of work from harvest until bottling.
Remarkably Ana and Katarina are both allergic to sulphur so their wines are made with minimal intervention. “If someone in Peršurići is spraying their fields, my sister and I have to leave until it’s over,” says Ana matter-of-factly.
The island of Madeira and its tropical climate produce some of the most spellbinding and unique wines in the world. Ranging in style from dry to sweet and beyond, they are also the only wine to be pretty much indestructible(!) meaning it’s possible to taste still fresh vintages decades old, which we will be. This also means if you’re looking to buy someone a present of a bottle of wine from the year they were born, Madeira is a very good choice - and still almost guaranteed to be drinking well.
Geoff Bovey will be hosting the session - he has been exclusively shipping wines from D’Oliveira since 1986, one of the greatest of the classic Madeira shippers, founded in 1820 and today housed in cellars that date back to 1619, and still owned by the same family. What is most extraordinary about them is that they have held on to many of their most famous vintages, creating a unique and irreplaceable stock of old wines.
As Madeira ages it takes on some serious character and intensity but still retaining an amazing freshness. So, why not take the opportunity to treat yourself to a taste of some of the world’s most wonderful wines - and who knows, you might even find a Christmas present idea too!
The tasting is at 4pm on Sunday 24th November. Tickets are £15 each, and can be booked by calling 01273 567176, emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or booking online below.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
We’re delighted to welcome Tim Philips of Charlie Herring wines - a very passionate and innovative natural winemaker, as well as a fascinating speaker. Tim has projects in South Africa, Italy, and England, and will be showing some of his wines as well as talking to us about natural and organic winemaking. Highlights will include:
- Tasting wines from his 200 year old walled vineyard hidden in a small country lane just outside Lymington, Hampshire. Plantings include some of the only English Sauvignon Blanc vines. Tim will be showing the last of just 250 bottles made of his 2011 Clos du Paradis English Rosé, as well as specially disgorging for us some of his Clos du Paradis sparkling - not for general release until the middle of next year.
- A vertical comparison of the Stellenbosch Spotswood Shiraz.
- A chance to taste the little-known Durif grape, as well as a little blending exercise of our own…
The tasting is at 4pm on Sunday 13th October. Tickets are £20 each, and can be booked by calling 01273 567176, emailing us at email@example.com, or booking online below.
Looking forward to seeing you there!