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on Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Naked Wines Event "Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin." said Napoleon Bonaparte.

And I couldn’t agree more. Hence why I headed off to the Naked Wines UK Summer Tour, which took place from the 20 - 29 June.

The winemakers had flown in from all over the world to share their delicious wines and they would be covering 10 cities in 10 days.

How it worked was fairly easy for the seasoned wine drinker: turn up, pick up a glass, decide what you wanted to try and then taste the wine. There was also spittoons, water and crackers by the edge of every table, lest one get too merry.

Sinead-Wine-1My friend, a seasoned wine tasting pro, advised we start at the expensive bubblies before the masses got to them and work our way down to the cheaper wines. We started our rounds at the fizz, port and dessert wine stalls with a Villebois Brut from the Loire Valley in France, a Prosecco from Italy and a Chapel Down Pinot Reserve 2007 from Kent in the UK, which kicked off the event with a nice zest.

Secondly we visited the New Zealand stand to sample some of the whites from Central Victoria, Hawkes Bay and South Eastern Australia, where among others we tasted a Marlborough Pinot Gris and a crisp, fruity Lay of the Land Destination Sauvignon Blanc 2013. It was here that I chatted a little to the Naked Wine representative (I must mention that he was fully clothed!), an award-winning wine grower himself, who had travelled half way around for the event. We chatted about all of the unusual names, such as the ‘The Rebel Reisling’ and ‘The Butterfly Effect Shiraz’. Who knew winemaking could get so creative? But I couldn’t keep him too long, there were eager wine tasters pushing at my elbows to get some of the best stuff...

Next, we were drawn to South Africa, where an Arabella Reserve in Unison was very popular among tasters. I spoke to an ‘Angel’ there (a Naked Wines ‘Angel’ is someone who has signed up to pay a certain amount every month and in return receives a hamper of unique wines of their choice every few months) who was very impressed with the scheme. But the winner of the wines that evening had to go to Argentina and Chile with their Kimbao Pinot Noir 2012 from the Metropolitana region of Chile, which proved to me one thing I had always wondered - yes, quality and price can make a difference. Also, that I would never be able to appreciate a cheap wine ever again.

After a little sit down and some food, we did the rounds of Italy, Germany and Austria, France (the favourite being a Domaine O’Vineyards Stranger Stranger 2007 from the Languedoc-Roussillon region) and of course Spain and Portugal where we tried a Negreiros Douro from Portugal (grapes squashed by foot, no less!) and a fantastic, full bodied Carlos Rodriguez Rioja Graciano 2012.

Finally, when all the wine was gone we realised it might be time to leave on our merry way. Four sheets to the wind, yet much more wine educated, we made our way home.

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Written by Sinead Nolan
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