‘Slurping’ in Harrods
25th May 2011
Courtesy of Stylist Magazine I won two spots at a Harrods Wine Master-Class hosted by Alex Redfern (Wine Expert). Taking my friend on the ‘jolly’, we were in vain hope of sipping exuberantly priced Wines & Champagnes that we wouldn’t ordinarily sample… on that note we weren’t disappointed.
Just off the Lower Ground Floor of the salubrious Wine Shop, nestles the Tasting Rooms for our evening session. Simply shelved with some prized wines and gleaming spittoons this was a room that signalled business and we were ready for the taking.
Guiding us through different categories in the making of, how to nose, describe the appearance and the palate. We made notes fastidiously in the handy guide we received, as we sampled the selection of wines. This being an introductory class, we skipped through the wine processes for: Whites, Sparkling, Reds, Sweet and Fortified. My favourite tipple was the Duval-LeRoy Brut Rose NV, this was the least dry of the options and I
preferred it to the Cuvee, or perhaps my sweet-tooth did.
As an introductory jaunt to wine, I thought this was an informative and yet relaxed event. An added bonus for each attendee was a beautifully displayed olive wood platter with moreish Charcuterie, cheese and olives. Alex was knowledgeable and engaging on the subject and generous with the serves, much to the delight of the attendees (a gaggle of ladies).
- Isabel Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Malborough, New Zealand
- Colombe Torrentes 2010 Sala, Argentina
- Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2008 Limari, Chile
- Duval-Leroy Champagne organic NV/ Brut Rose
- Rupert & Rothschild Classique 2008 Western Cape, South Africa
- Chateaux de la Roulerie Chenin Blanc 2005 Chaume, Loire
- Sandeman Royal Corregidor Olorosso Sherry, Spain
- Dows Quinta do Bomfim Port, Portugual
Harrods holds monthly Wine tastings, Dinners and Educational Courses, details here
87–135 Brompton Road
London, SW1X 7XL