Wine tasting - Taste the different

As July was saying goodbye and the sun was shining in Oslo City, we gathered a few friends and family and shared a few good bottles. And this gathering was extra special because it was the first wine tasting event for Winestudent.no and the first event for HerSpace. And let me tell you it went amazing.


HerSpace is going to be the best co-working community space for women. It’s going to inspire them, support them, and help them grow. You can find their space at Strandgata 19, just across the Central Station in Oslo. The founder of the space is Chisom Udeze, and Ampy Basa is the community manager.


These two-inspiring women, alongside the other members of HerSpace, encouraged me to do my first winetasting gathering as the Winestudent.no. I will admit I was stressing the hell out. But I did well! 😊


The main goal with the winetasting that happens and the winetasting events that are going to happen in the future is the show “The others.” Show the wines that are not in the spotlight (don’t get me wrong, no wine is bad). The wines that people usually don’t buy don’t think about buying and trying.


I have chosen 4 wines, rosé from France, white wine from red grape from Italy, orange wine from white grapes from Austria, and red wine from Uruguay.


LAROCHE ROSÉ LA CHEVALERIE 2019

  • Origin: France, South of France, Languedoc-Roussillon.

  • Climate: Mediterranean with warm summers, rainy winters. This type of climate gives wines with sweet fruits, Mediterranean herbs, sweet spices.

  • Producer: Domaine Laroche (in the older posts, you can read up all about my private winetasting with them).

  • Produced by the traditional winemaking process with skin maceration until the desired color. Fermented in stainless steel tanks.

  • Grapes: Grenache 50%, Merlot 25%, Syrah 25%.

  • ABV 12,5%, sugar <3g/L; acidity 5g/L.

Tasting notes:

  • Pale pink color.

  • Aromas: Young aromas of underripe apple, red apple, red berries, red grapefruit, pomelo.

  • Flavors: fresh and fruity, red apple, red berries, herbs, underripe red-orange, sweet spices in the aftertaste.

  • Dry, low acidity, medium body, medium + finish.

  • Food pairings: grilled salmon salad, red seafood, scallops, or by the glass.


GIORGI OLTREPÓ PAVESE PINOT NERO 2018

  • Origin: Italy, Lombardi, Oltrepó Pavese.

  • Climate: intermediate to cool, shorter growing season, giving elegant reds and whites with sparkly acidity.

  • Producer: Giorgi.

  • Produced by the traditional method. Stainless steel tank fermentation, soft pressing for extraction of the free-run wine, then clarification and bottling. Strict temperature control during fermentation at 16’C.

  • Grapes: Pinot Noir/Pinot Nero 100%.

  • ABV 11,5%, sugar 4g/L, acidity 5,7,g/L.

Tasting notes:

  • Pale to medium lemon with golden notes.

  • Aromas: honey, yellow apple, herbs, caramel, ripe honey melon.

  • Flavors: apple, lemon, yellow apple underripe.

  • Dry, low acidity, light-body, medium + finish.

  • Food pairings: risotto, fish, seafood, veggie pizza, green salad with walnuts.


VIELFALT 2017

  • Origin: Austria, Lower Austria, Kamptal.

  • Climate: Continental climate with mild autumns. Late growing season (late October), volcanic soils (gives crispiness). This region has the best winegrowing conditions in Austria.

  • Producer: Matthias Hager.

  • This wine is biodynamic and organic certified (read about that in the older posts).

  • Production method: hand-harvested grapes, spontaneous fermented, 5-8 days of skin contact for color extraction.

  • Grapes: Moscatel 10%, Riesling 20%, Grüner Veltliner 60%, Sauvignon Blanc 10%.

  • ABV 13%, sugar <3g/L, acidity 4,2g/L.

Tasting notes:

  • Medium lemon to gold, unclear (wine is not filtered) color.

  • Aromas: citrus, orange, ripe orange, flowers, white melon, celery, white peach, gooseberry, fresh yeast dough. An explosion of aromas.

  • Flavors: young and soft, tropical fruits, nuts, pungent aromas are running up in the nose at first sip.

  • Dry, low acidity, medium body, long aftertaste, and long finish

  • Food pairings: light meat, pork, chicken, fish, duck with orange sauce, vegetarian burger.

  • * Perfect wine for a beer lover to become a wine lover.


GARZÓN TANNAT RESERVA 2018

  • Origin: Uruguay, Maldonado, Garzon.

  • Climate: Maritime influenced climate, poor soils, rocky, sandy. Irrigation is needed.

  • Producer: Bodega Garzón.

  • The vineyards are planted on higher hills, where the temperature is cooler, and the wind reduces the humidity, giving acidity and freshness in the wine.

  • Production method: traditional winemaking process, concrete tanks fermented, 6-12 months on lees in French barrels.

  • Grape: Tannat 100%.

  • ABV 14,5%, sugar 4g/l, acidity 4,5g/l.

Tasting notes:

  • Deep ruby color.

  • Aromas: dark berries, herbs, fat, new leather, plums, purple fruits.

  • Flavors: dark berries, plums, baked plum pastry, licorice, flower dirt.

  • Dry/off-dry, low acidity, full-body, long finish.

  • Food pairings: Blue cheese, roasted walnuts, lamb, sheep, wild animals, grilled meats with creamy sauce, and herbs.

  • * Tannat is the grape with high antioxidants. So if you want to drink wine for health purposes, drink Tannat.

Thanks to Annika from Symposium wines for the support and help with one of the wines.


Enjoy the rest of the pictures and have a Winederful day! :)


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