WSDC Event - Christmas Tasting, Auction and Raffle

What: Christmas Tasting, Auction and Raffle  
When: 05 Dec 19 ,18:30 -20:30
Where: Army and Navy Club SW1Y 5JN map
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An Array of Mature, Classic Top Wines

I have written in an earlier newsletter (although I cannot remember exactly when) about the protective effect of moderate, regular alcohol intake on the heart.  Now, new research absolutely nails it. Moderate daily alcohol intake significantly reduces the risk of progression of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) – dementia to you and me – compared to those who drink nothing or in excess (Journal of the American Medical Association – Network Open. September 27, 2019).

We all get some loss of short term memory as the years pass, and an informed rumour has it that Stannah, the chair lift people, are developing a  lift that goes so quickly that you do not forget why you went up the stairs in the first  place.

Even better, if you do not have MCI to start with (and you probably do not if you can remember what MCI was without looking back), then daily, moderate drinking is associated with a lower risk of dementia.  But what is moderate?  In this study “a drink” was a glass of wine.  A glass was 6 US fluid ounces which converts to 6¼ UK fluid ounces.  This is 178 mls which works out to approximately a quarter of a bottle of wine.  Up to 14 glasses a week was the recommended level – but taken regularly.  Drinking three and a half bottles on Saturday night was not good for you.  Teetotallers seemed to have a greater risk of dementia and my take on this observation is that they probably do not have many friends and sociability is an important factor in keeping it all together.

Overall, this study showed an “association” not “causation” but what the heck?  So there we are: mens sana in corpore sano  all down to  a half a bottle of wine a day.

The study did not tell us whether it should be white wine or red or even what is the healthiest grape; so our Christmas tasting will expose you to a range of potential benefits from around the world.  We will re-taste some of the stars from earlier dinners and tastings that many of you will not have met and bring out some untasted wines – notably two vintages of Ducru Beaucaillou - from our stocks. 

NV Hush Heath Balfour 1503 Brut, A Decanter, Platinum Award English “Champagne” (Ed. – can I say that?)

2012 Tyrrell’s, Vat 1 Semillon, Hunter Valley, New South Wales

2018 Grosset, Alea Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia 

2007 Frederic Emile Trimbach Riesling WS

2017 d’Arenberg, Money Spider Roussanne, McLaren Vale, South Australia

2003 Hermitage Blanc Stérimberg  WS

2007 Hermitage Le Gréal Marc Sorrel WS

2006  Barolo Monprivato Mascarello   WS

2009  Barolo Monprivato Mascarello WS

2000 Ducru Beaucaillou WS

2008 Ducru Beaucaillou  WS

1995 La Fleur-Pétrus WS

1998 Château Figeac WS

2003 Von Hövel Oberemmeler Hütte, Riesling Auslese

1983 Taylor’s WS

As usual there will be some Roquefort, figs and nuts to accompany the last two wines as well as the English cheese and biscuits with the main flight.

Then the auction.  One bottle of ‘89 Château Lafite; one bottle of ‘90 Château Lafite and one bottle of ’98 Château d’Yquem.   Buy all three.  It will be a memorable dinner party.  There is an auctioneer’s reserve price based on a lowish percentage of the current auction price.

After this, the raffle.  Thirty wines from all over including Château Haut Brion 1994, Léoville Barton 1995, Chorey-les-Beaune Tollot-Beaut 2005, Tokaji Royal 5 putts 2013, Mas Martinet Priorat 2011, Télégraphe 2014.  The full list can be downloaded here -- they are all good wines.

Tony Wright, Honorary Secretary

Dress Code: Smart casual

Guests: £65
Members: £55

Booking Form
Raffle List

Vintages available from The Wine Society:
2014  Barolo Monprivato Mascarello
2013  Barolo Monprivato Mascarello
2012  Barolo Monprivato Mascarello
2010  Barolo Monprivato Mascarello
2006 Ducru-Beaucaillou
2003 Ducru-Beaucaillou
2014 La Fleur-Pétrus
2013 La Fleur-Pétrus
2011 La Fleur-Pétrus
2010 La Fleur-Pétrus
2007 La Fleur-Pétrus