Last night I went along to the Cockburns of Leith Spring Wine Tasting in the centre of Edinburgh which was a great experience. As I’ve said before on this blog I’m still pretty new to the world of wine so it was an ideal opportunity to sample a few different wines that I might not normally have gone for.
First up for us was a delicious Prosecco Tenute San Marco – I haven’t tracked down much detail about this one online but it was a lovely start. Really fresh, light and fruity. I enjoyed this one more than the champagne we tasted later in the evening but I wouldn’t have expected that before last night!
Amongst the whites that I enjoyed was Bishops Leap Sauvignon Blanc which was really full of flavour and a great New Zealand Sauvignon. It wasn’t quite as over powering as some but still had a great flavour. Like quite a few more modern wines there is a local story about the name originating from a Marlborough Bishop leaping to his death to escape some Maori attackers! I have previously enjoyed Frog’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc so perhaps leaping is becoming a common theme!
However I think one of my favourites of the night was the much more subtle White Burgundy Domaine Mariluc Bourgogne Blanc. Again I couldn’t find much about this one online which I think perhaps is a reminder that the web doesn’t cover every angle and a wine tasting like this from a quality wine merchant is a great way to find something you would have never discovered before. After the strong flavours of the New World whites this was a great change and although I think I’d probably enjoy this one the most in future I’d recommend all 3 bottles mentioned above. See the Cockburns of Leith website for more information.