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World of Wine Grapes: Riesling & Merlot

World of Wine Grapes: Riesling & Merlot

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This session of our “World of Wine Grapes” course (see HERE for more details) takes at arguably the world’s sleekest grape, and the most widely-planted grape in the world’s most famous wine region.

Most Riesling is dry. Or to rephrase, most Riesling is NOT sweet, as examples from the two hemispheres will demonstrate. But this svelte, aristocratic remarkably and versatile grape is also responsible for fabulous sweet wines, so we’ll also try one of those.

As for Merlot, not for nothing does it occupy two-thirds of the vineyards of Bordeaux. Not all of the wines made there are great, but we’ll try a wine from the upper tier on the ‘Right Bank’, alongside other wines from both North and South America.

The tasting will include some cheese and crackers to compliment the wines and will include three examples each of a white grape and a red one, with the aim of demonstrating how the same basic raw material can be moulded in different ways, according to the place where the grapes grow and the desires of the winemakers.

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Townhouse Hotel Manchester (Portland St)
101 Portland St,
M1 6DF

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