Saturday, October 25, 2014

Reciprocal Trading's tasting of imported wines at The Local Grill in Woodstock

It is not often we get the chance to taste lots of premier wines from good French areas with a little German, Spanish and New Zealand thrown in for good measure. This tasting was held at a new venue (for us) in Woodstock, The Local Grill which is also the site of The Woodstock Brewery.  We arrived very early – our mistake – coming on from another function and were able to do a small tour of the brewery first. Then it was upstairs for the intense tasting which was very well attended by sommeliers, wine buyers and private wine collectors

A display of some of the wines on offer
(The full list is at the bottom of this page)
and Riedel glasses
The staff all wear black tie formal dress
Having come straight from the Top 10 sauvignons we had a little time to kill, so Andre Viljoen, the owner of Woodstock brewery, took us on a tour
of his immaculate facility
Champagne Gardet, an excellent start to a tasting
White wines from Cloudy Bay, Louis Latour and other famous names
Michael Fridjhon, CEO of Reciprocal Trading, with Tim James CWM
Oysters are always a welcome accompaniment
with smoked salmon and paté
Beef carpaccio
duck spring rolls
and rissoles
Tarryn Thomas and Michael Crossley of Reciprocal Trading
The tasting took place on the periphery of the restaurant
Cheerful faces to say goodbye to us
The Reciprocal Wine List
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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