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Marcia Waters MW Selection of the Month –October

 

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 October Selection is:

 

Vinas del Vero Gewurztraminer, 2013, Somontano, Spain

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I tasted this at my wine course the other day and the students were most impressed by it.  The distinctive Gewurztraminer grape is fresh, lifted, lightly spicy and slightly floral.  It’s almost dry with hints of peach, apricot and lemon.  We all thought it would be lovely to drink with mild creamy curries or roast vegetable risotto. The Somontano region of Northern Spain is a breathtaking area at the foothills of the Pyrenees full of wild treks, mountain bikers and ancient history enthusiasts; not to mention the truffle hunters - just coming into season.

 

Bodegas Torremoron Tempranillo 2013, Ribera del Duero, Spain

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Vineyards on this high sunny plateau in the heart of northern Spain enjoy huge skies and chalky, schistous soils, ideal for ripening.  This Tempranillo is from 30 - 60 year old vines and has lovely earthy autumn hedgerow fruit flavours.  It is not wooded, so has a freshness and clarity and is delicious with pan seared pork and thyme, or roast pork and fennel.