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Marcia Waters MW Selection of the Month – March
Marcia Waters MW joined the Oxford Wine Company as Wine Consultant 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 March Selection is:
Seifried Gruner Veltliner 2012, Nelson, New Zealand, £12.99
This is such an interesting wine with its middle European heritage grown in one of the loveliest parts of New Zealand. I tasted this last week and thought it really needs to be tried by more people. The Gruner Veltliner grape produces spicy and chalky-dry wines in Austria, and this one grown in the gentle slopes of South Island NZ has some of that minerality but also a softer, more luscious open friendly fruit. It isn’t bone dry so it is perfect with stir-fries, and anything with a little heat in the recipe. It’s also inspirational when I am doing the cooking.
Suri Barbera d’Asti, Villa Giada, Andrea Faccio 2012, Italy, £10.50
I have a soft spot for the Barbera grape from North Italy and this is a good introduction to the fresh, lively, fruit punch flavours that are so appealing in this red wine. With its wonderful weight and robust qualities it makes a perfect partner with any mushroom risotto, pasta or pizza dishes. The Villa Giada winery also runs a homely B&B if you are wanting a trip to this beautiful part of Italy.