I've been to two events since joining the The Edinburgh Wine Meet Up Group. The first was a New Zealand tasting held at a members house. I guess it felt pretty daunting turning up at a strangers house, to meet a bunch of strangers..
However, from the first welcome it was clear that the people involved in the group are all just people interested in socialising with the added element of having an interest in wine. Alan the organiser provided a balanced selection of wines giving people the opportunity to try something they probably already knew and have easy access to purchase, along with something a little bit different. It's certainly wasn't an occasion for analysis of each of the wines, but then that isn't what this group is about. Alan is on hand to share his knowledge of the wine region and wine making process and answer any questions group members have in a really relaxed environment.
Tonight's event was different, labeled 'new members night' it gave new (and old) members the opportunity to have a larger get together. The venue, Whighams a place I seem to have frequented a lot of late. Appellation Wines of Dalry Road, Edinburgh (and on-line) provided a choice of red or white as a taster to the attendees. It's a freezing cold night in Edinburgh so I decided to stick with the red to warm me up. The red from Firmament, Minervois 2003 developed nicely as it warmed up in my glass. It's a deep red, a blend of Cinsault, Syrah and Carignan. It's just the ticket for a cold Edinburgh night. Black plums and pepper prominent on the nose and the palate. It's tannic which I like, some may prefer to leave this wine for another few years. It was certainly a winner for the more hardened red wine drinkers of the group.
This group gives me the opportunity to meet a great mix of people, the organisers have some interesting ideas for wine events, I'm looking forward to the "wine in the woods" event planned for next month...