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Wine Tastings with the Bristol University Wine Circle

The Author, 1992

I attended eight tasting with the Bristol University Wine Circle.  I have scanned my tasting sheets and transcribed my notes.   Beware, these are casual drinking notes so they are full of mistakes!  I tasted a wide range of wines, many of which I did not like along with a few that were stellar.  I tasted my first wines from Mexico and South Africa.  I particularly liked 1985 Domaine de Chevalier and 1970 Marques de Murrietta, Tinto Gran Reserva.  I tasted wine from “Washington’s dirtiest winemaker” Blackwood Canyon and recommended one stay away from 1989 Badacsonyi Szurkebarat, Lake Balaton.  Surprisingly, I also tasted the 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon from the immensely popular Quilceda Creek.

This post wraps up my time spent at Bristol University.  After my finals I spent my summer in continental Europe.  Once there I drank a fair amount of Franken wine in Frankfurt, Germany where I learned to prefer Riesling over other varietals.  While I studied architectural history in Florence, Italy I drank particularly cheap wine in between pints of Guinness at the Irish pub.  Then at the end of the summer I returned to the newly formed Czech Republic and visited a family winery in Vienna, Austria.  This later trip is the inspiration for an upcoming series of posts on The Vineyards of Vienna.
Wine Tasting, Reid Wines, 13th Oct 1992

New World Versus France Tasting, 27th Oct 1992 

Italian Tasting, Paul Merritt, 24th Nov 1992

Bordeaux Tasting, Avery’s, 1st Dec 1992

Hungarian Wine Tasting, Godwin & Godwin, 3rd Feb 1993

Marques de Murrieta Tasting, 9th Feb 1993

Oregon And Washington Tasting, Mark Savage MW, 16th Feb 1993

Loire Tasting, Yapp Brothers, 2nd Mar 1993

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