Hosted by Martin Fowke – our Head Wine Maker here at Three Choirs Vineyards.
Martin has been our head wine maker and production director for over 30 years at Three Choirs Vineyards. He oversees the entire production process from choosing which grape varieties we grow, to making the final important decisions on our wines before they go into the bottle.
About this tasting session ‘Comparing Vintages’
We often talk about variations in vintages but actually, not many people get the opportunity to taste the wines side by side. This is where this tasting comes in!
The idea behind this tasting is to be able to look at differences in the growing season and taste the different vintages side-by-side.
We can then discuss how these differences have affected the wine, and what we have done in the winery that may have varied. We will then look at how the older wine has aged in the bottle, and maybe suggest how the newer vintages might also age.
The 2017, 2018 and 2019 vintages were all quite different, and it has taught us to try to make the right wine in the right years. So plenty to discuss and all very interesting!
Which vintages are being compared?
We’ll be comparing our Pinot Noir 2017 vs 2018, two very different wines from two very different vintages. Talking about ripeness and skin contact. These are not available online and have been added to the case deals exclusively for you just for the tasting.
You’ll also find the Coleridge Hill 2017 and 2019, to look at the similarities and differences of the vintages and how and why wines age.
As a first, we’re adding our cans of Dry White Fizz to compare against our ever-popular Classic Cuvee n/v, and some cans of our delicious Red to taste. We will teach you about the technology and environmental aspects of wine in a can and see if there’s any difference in taste between can and bottle.
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We have been overwhelmed by the response since we opened up bookings, so we are sorry if you have been struggling to make a reservation for a room for July and August. Early autumn is just as lovely in the vineyard and we have good availability from September onwards, so perhaps planning a little end of summer escape might be the perfect thing to look forward to. Thank you for your unfailing support during this tricky time - your kind messages have kept us all going, and to those that have made a booking over the next couple of months, we very much appreciate that you have made making a visit to the Vineyard one of your first post lockdown priorities. We hope to see you for a glass of something fizzy soon!
We stayed for the weekend and we loved it! What a perfect place to get away from London. It is remote and quiet. The accommodation is literally in the vineyard. There is a restaurant which offers great, fresh, locally produced food, it is very tasty! We, of course, tasted the ? and we loved it. Maybe we were a little tipsy by the end of the weekend ?. I highly recommend.
Took my other half here in February for his birthday. We stayed in one of the lodges, which was so peaceful, lovely room and bathroom. We did the wine tour too, which was great! Super restaurant too, enjoyed a delicious meal. Could not fault a thing, thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will return! Thank you to all the helpful and friendly staff for making our stay a most enjoyable and relaxing one. ?
Lunch and tour - tour was fine and the tastings agreeable. Lunch however was a bit of a curates egg. The mackerel starter was delicious. The best mackerel dish I’ve tasted. However the fish and chips was well below par. The rectangular piece of fish was supermarket quality at best, undercooked and bland. At £18.50 it was inexcusable. The mushroom pancake looked good but was low on flavour and almost cold. The pancake was most certainly not freshly made as it was quite hard in places. Sadly we will not be returning. Very disappointing I’m sad to say.