Victoria's Tasting Table
Wine is an all encompassing life-long study: buy a bottle, pour a glass, look at the colour, savour the bouquet then taste. Where is it from? The country – the area, the climate, the soil, the people. And then for me the special question. What dish can I serve it with? I have been a passionate cook forever but over the last two decades that last question has fascinated me and I just had to learn more. My studies took me to Plumpton College where I gained an advanced certificate from the Wine and Spirit Educational Trust. Plumpton may only be a short distance from my home but since then the study of wine has led me around the world: throughout every wine-making area in Europe; likewise Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa. On the home front I am presently the Vice-Chairperson of the Eastbourne Wine Society and belong to several other wine clubs across Sussex. I do enjoy presenting wines, talking at length about them and hoping to enthuse others to become devotees and connoisseurs!
I love calling in to Hailsham Cellars – almost on my doorstep – from time to time. I am in my element just looking at the mind-blowing range of wines along the shelves and in the warehouse. As one of the few independent wine merchants around, they get many visits from overseas winemakers so it is a treat to get that special phone call “Victoria, can you pop in next ………..?”
I don’t think there is a single wine style that I do not appreciate but, if you push me, then I will have to admit to a long-standing love of sparkling and dessert wines. Now you know!
Taste is such a personal experience but I hope to introduce you to and tell you about some really interesting wines over the next few months and, if you allow me, to make some suggestions as to which wine would nicely match the particular dish you are preparing.
Love the wine, and love from Victoria South to all our friends around the world!
Cheers! • 干杯 • Na zdrowie! • Skål! • à votre santé! • Prost! • zum wohl! • Sláinte! • Lechyd da! • Gesondheit! • Salute! • Na • zdravi! • ΥΓΕΙΑ!
This time on the table:
Pablo Morande founded the winery in 1996 – known as pioneers because his family was not only the first to develop the Casablanca Valley DO, but the winery was also the first to be certified as sustainable in Chile.
They make an exciting range of wines called One To One, which are Estate Reserve wines, grown on low-fertility soils with high density planting resulting in extremely low-yielding vines - one bottle of wine per plant – hence the title!
Morande manage their vineyards organically, and have concentrated on developing sites that best reflect the specific characteristics of each grape variety they grow, differentiating between the micro-terroirs that exist within each vineyard. This has lead them to develop sites in the Casablanca and Maipo Valleys for their red and white wines.
This method of cultivation produces wines with tremendous concentration - we have four of their single varietal wines in this range for you to sample.