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  • Writer's pictureTony Elvin

Bringing Wine 'Back to the Future'

Right now everyone loves Prosecco. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc sales peaked last year but are now starting to slow. We're always trying to guess what the next big thing will be, could it be Albarino, Pinot Gris or something else?

Well, Friday's night's 'Movie & Wine' tasting at Millennium Point was not about the next big thing but about yesterday's big thing, exploring fashionable wines of the past and deciding whether they deserve a bit more love, whether we should bring them 'Back to the Future'.

Using the 1985 classic movie 'Back to the Future' as the back-drop for our tasting, Marty and Doc presented five very familiar wines during the movie, stopping at appropriate points to top up the wine, drop some BTTF movie trivia and ask guests to vote on their favourites.

The most popular wine of the night was the German Riesling from Pfalz. Fresh, zippy lime and sherbert on the palate it was a landslide vote in favour of the 80's classic making a return. No surprise then that this is the highest rated wine from Marks and Spencer's new Classics Range.

The next most popular wine of the night with around 90% of the audience saying 'Bring it Back' was the Codiurnu 1872 Cava proving that Prosecco isn't the only bargain fizz deserving of your attention. Fresh, fruity and fun, perfect for the Summer and a bargain at £8 per bottle.

Slightly more polarising was the third place Mateus Rose, Portugal's top selling wine of all time. Whilst there was a lot of love for it in the room and some new found fans of the easy to drink pink, there were those yet unconvinced by the touch of sweetness. Off dry, bright red fruits and a slight effervescence so typical of Portuguese wines this was thought to be the ideal tipple for a hot Summer's barbecue.

We rounded off the night with a drop of Louis Jadot Beaujolais Village and a flashback Trambusti Chianti in a straw basket, two absolute classics of the past. Luckily with Doc's DeLorean at hand, nobody had to wait long for The Wine Events team to bring these fantastic red wines back from the eighties.

What wines do you think should be brought back to the future? For me, it's got to be Moscato, surely the most fun you can have for under £10??

Our next 'Movie and Drinks' experience at Millennium Point is Dirty Dancing with Cocktails on the 17th July and tickets are selling fast so don't miss out. We can promise four fantastic themed cocktails, a classic movie on Brum's biggest movie screen and more than a few good few laughs along the way in a safe and socially distanced venue. You'll have the time of your life!


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