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Marcia Waters MW Selection of the Month – May
Marcia Waters MW joined the Oxford Wine Company as Buyer in January 2012. She completed her Master of Wine qualification in the early 90s and is currently the Chairman of the Education and Examination Board of the Institute of Masters of Wine. She started as buyer for Victoria Wine before becoming Wine Controller at Tesco, Wine Buyer at Rothschild Waddesdon and General Manager at Anglo American Farms UK (who own the famous South African wineries Boschendal and Vergelegen).
The Master of Wine qualification is regarded in the wine industry as the very highest standard of professional knowledge and is one of the hardest exams to pass in any field. The process is challenging and rigorous and there are currently only 300 MWs in the world.
Each month Marcia chooses a wine or a small selection from The Oxford Wine Company that she has particular reason for recommending to you. These wines can be bought individually or together in any denominations.
The May Selection is:
Chateau de la Deidiere Rose 2012, Cotes de Provence, France - £10.99
If the previous few years are anything to go by we will have our summer in May. So just in case, I will be opening lots of pink wines, and Provençal Rose is one of my all time favourites. Chateau de la Deidiere is from a single estate near the wonderfully named village of Pierre Feu du Var, which just conjures up the high rocky and dramatic countryside of the area. It's made from Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes: the traditional southern French blend but with a majority of Grenache making it fruity like a juicy red berry compote. It is dry though and has the hallmark Provençal spice and faint herb character that make these wines so wonderful with Mediterranean food - and at 12.5% alcohol this is ideal for lunch. But also keep a bottle in the fridge for an after work aperitif on these long light evenings.