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Marcia Waters MW Selection of the Month – July

 

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 July Selection is:

 

Miopasso Fiano, Sicily 2012 - £9.45 Order Online

Miopasso Primitivo, Puglia, Italy 2012 - £9.45 Order Online

The summer holidays are nearly upon us so I’m thinking of the Mediterranean – or at least some heat in the back garden would be nice.  This pair of Italian wines is exactly what I want to be drinking now to help me imagine the sparkling sea and the smell of pines and wild herbs on the wind.  

The white from the Fiano grape has a full flavour of peaches and apricots with a citrus and herbaceous tang to keep it lively.  Beautiful with grilled fish.

The red is from the Primitivo grape - the European cousin of California’s fruity Zinfandel.  It is full, smooth and has plenty of dark fruit flavours, black cherries, blueberries and a sweet spice character.  Really tasty with lamb koftas or home made burgers on the barbeque.