As much as we love hosting our own wine tastings, nothing beats roping in a real, live winemaker. Last Friday we were lucky enough to be joined at Slurp Banbury by Franco Falasco from Argentina’s Familia Falasco winery.

Franco was our guide on a beguiling journey through a fantastic selection of his family’s wines. Equally expert and showman, artist and scientist, Franco led us through the trials and tribulations of life as a winemaker. Reminding us all ‘wine-making is not easy!’, as anyone who has studied even the basics can confirm. Franco really brought this complex process to life for us and our guests.

 

    

The wines themselves were very well received, and were a stark reminder that, when it comes to Argentina, there is so much more than Malbec! Argentina’s flagship grape did of course make an appearance, but in imaginative and sophisticated forms rarely encountered. Some stunning Chardonnay from 'Los Haroldos Roble Chardonnay' also made an appearance, alongside unsung hero Bonarda 'Los Haroldos Roble Bonarda 2016' (if you haven’t already, try a Bonarda, you will be glad you did). We rounded off the evening with Franco’s own ‘baby’, Hermandad Blend 2014, a Bordeaux inspired blend of powerful, angular Cabernet Sauvignon and a big, generous heart of Merlot and Malbec, topped off with a dusting of aromatic Petit Verdot. This wine, only on it's second vintage, is already receiving accolades such as 91pts from Tim Atkin MW and 93pts and a Silver Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018.

One pleased punter gave the evening 5 stars, describing the vibe as “relaxed and informative”. We couldn’t have put it better ourselves! See you at the next one...

Written by Rob Yeatman - Assistant Store-Manager