Since almost all of our wines are unkown in the market place, it is important to us that we give our clients the opportunity to try them. Therefore, we run quarterly degustation events using unusual and interesting spaces in Zurich such as the Tesla Car showroom, the PKZ Ladies store and a series of art galleries. This gives unique access to the Vinique wine selection for tasting as well as discounted pricing only available on the evening.
Our next event will take place in August 2020. We will inform you about the details as soon as possible. We are looking forward to seeing you there.
Please see below the reviews of the last tasting events:
Below a short list of wines that sold the best:
Best selling sparkling
Jané Ventura Reserva Nature
So easy to like and at such a great price. This Reserva Cava with 30 months on the lees, is dry, complex, with fennel and fresh herbs on nose and mouth. It is a super apero wine and somehow tastes even better in the sun!
Best selling whites
New vintage of our best selling white wine of the last 18 months. I’ve been holding this back especially for this event. Citrusy, fresh Chardonnay, balanced, just a touch of oak for more body, super packaging and a great price. A great all rounder.
Ad Libitum 2018
Very rare Tempranillo Blanco from Rioja, which is a mutation from the Red grape, rather than a stand alone variety. More powerful than the Préjugés, dryer, but still citrusy flavours and excellent length. No oak. This would be great with a wide array of foods.
Probably the most unusual, standout wine we have on our list currently. Amphora fermented Albana from Imola in Italy. Great nose, great flavours, powerful and intense, but amazingly harmonious. An outstanding food white wine and really cool packaging too. This wine sold really well back in November last year.
Best selling reds
Tocat de L’Ala 2015
Medium bodied, floral aromatics and wonderfully smooth tannins from near to Girona on Catalunya. This wine is in its perfect drinking window and has very broad appeal.
Ijalba Graciano 2017
The 2016 vintage of this single varietal wine from Rioja sold out instantly when we showed it last year. This vintage is even better! Power and finesse in equal measure. Lots of flavour and character and will just get better and better with aging.
Alto Sios 2015
Syrah dominated cuvée from the slopes of the Pyrenees for a more powerful red. Premium wine making and premium packaging at a fantastic price. This will also age exceedingly well.
Pure Sangiovese, lovingly crafted into this estate’s top red. Excellent balance, great sour cherry flavours and really good tannin structure. This is a joy to drink.
The most successful wine were as follows:
Sios Brut Reserva 2015, 100% Pinot noir, single vintage. Great packaging, super high quality alternative to much
more expensive vintage Champagnes.
Ijalba Maturana Blanca for an everyday white. Fresh and crispy. Rare grape, but very broad appeal. One of the top sellers in 2019 for Vinique. Exclusive to Vinique.
Tre Monti Vitalba for a seriously special white. Full, rich, exotic, but really approachable and easy to drink for a white of this complexity. Looks seriously cool too. Exclusive to Vinique.
Tre Monti Boldo. Like a “Super Tuscan”, but at a much easier price tag. Very broad appeal and one of the best sellers at the event.
Ijalba Reserva 2014. Classic Rioja Reserva from one of the very few organic Rioja producers. Not too oaky, smooth, easy drinking and another top seller.
Clos de Trias 2013. Organic, biodynamic, hand crafted and our number 1 selling red this year. Still hugely popular. A great wine at a great price.
The special reds
Clos de Trias 2007. Late release. A small quantity of the original first vintage from Clos de Trias. Fully mature and from one of the very best vintages of the last 50 years.
Super Tramp 2016. Just 750 bottle production of Jordi Castellvi’s top wine made with loving care. A true natural wine with no SO2. I have the only bottles available outside of his restaurant in Barcelona!
Cerro La Isa Tinto 2017. Just 550 bottles made from 113 year old vines. The very first certified “Vinedos Singular” wine from Rioja. A real collectors edition that will increase in value. A gorgeous wine and gorgeous packaging. These are the only bottles outside of Spain.
The best selling wines were as follows ...
James Wood from Domaine Vintur
This was our star maker of the evening and not surprisingly the best selling table. The La Minette Rosé 2018 (14.58 chf) was the best selling wine of the evening. Light in the mouth, with a good red fruits profile and high viscosity, which helps coat the mouth and extend the finish, which is especially important when you have the wine well chilled. Great value too. The Rock & Riesling sold out, the Vintur Blanc sold really well, but it was the new vintage Vintur Tradition Red 2016 (15.39 CHF) that was the other star. 2016 was a great vintage in the region and it shows in this wine, with full juicy fruits, balanced tannins and a very harmonious personality. Very easy drinking!
Mixed Sparkling, whites and Rosé
The new vintage Jané Ventra Reserva Rosat 2016 (16.20 chf) was the winner of the sparkling Rosés just beating the crémant from Rives Blanques. This Champagne method, single vintage, pure Grenache sparkling wine is just a little lighter and dryer than the Rives Blanques, so suits apero drinking. If you prefer a little more volume from the Chardonnay, then the crémant is the one to go for. The Diane Rosé sold really well, but not as much as the Vintur Rosé. It is a little dryer, with a bit more acidity if you prefer that style. Of the whites, it was the Ijalba Tempranillo Blanco 2018 (14.58 chf) that was the audience favorite. This is a very rare wine from Rioja, with only a few pure Tempranillo Blanco whites made in the world. Relatively dry, citrusy, mineral and long. Good on its own and with food. It looks great too! This was closely followed by the new Cuvée Marie 2018 (12.15 chf) from Maison Ventenac in the Languedoc. Also an unusual blend of Colombard and Chenin Blanc, it is fruitier than the Ijalba white, but still with good acidity, which keeps it fresh tasting and a perfect Summer drink. It is a fantastic price point too.
Mixed Barbeque Reds
There was a selection of very different wines on this table and it was 2 very contrasting styles that were the winners here. The new Agricola de Cadalso 2015 (15.39 chf) was very popular. It is made high in the Gredos mountains west of Madrid and this altitude keeps the colour light, the alcohol relatively low, whilst still maintaining a real elegance and harmony. The tannins are mild and integrated and it is such a satisfying red. You can tell I am a big fan! The other winner was also new to us. Puritaine 2017 from Maison Ventenac (the same as Cuvée Marie), is a small production pure Syrah, from calcerous soils, that has been aged in a combination of a single large oak foudre and several terracotta amphora. Dark fruits and a very pure drinking experience and it is packaged in very up-market way. It is tasty now, but will benefit from a couple more years in the cellar ideally.
There are lots of great wines to choose from on the list, but I would also suggest that 2 bottles of each of the highlighted wines would make a pretty fantastic Summer selection, as well as offering some real novelty and interest.
I have one other personal recommendation off the list which would be the Vina Al lado de all Casa. I only have 24 bottles left and this is a full, rich, earthy, meaty red, so if you looking for a perfect pairing with red meats on a barbeque, look no further!