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Red Herring Wine Club

Events & Tastings

Stars of Argentina

On-Line Tasting - Friday 4th June at 6:30pm


Argentina is known for its football and tango but increasingly for some of the most appealing – and great value – wines in the world.  Its vineyards lie at the foot of the Andes mountains in what is essentially a high altitude desert.


Zuccardi is one of the leading producers, founded by Alberto ‘Tito’ Zuccardi whose grandparents came from Italy.  He planted a vineyard in the Maipu region in 1963, aiming to show other farmers how his irrigation system worked, not realising that it would lead to the success seen today.  His son (Jose Alberto) and grandson (Sebastian) have built on this initiative, sourcing top sites in the Uco valley.  In 2019, Zuccardi was awarded “The World’s Best Vineyard” accolade by Decanter Magazine.



Sebastián Zuccardi

Zuccardi's Winery



Do join us for a really special early evening via Zoom: Friday June 4th at 6.30pm.  The Club is honoured that our event will be tutored by the distinguished Master of Wine, Mark O’Bryen, who was educated at the French Lycée in London, Downside and Oxford.  He was the Senior Wine Buyer for Waverley Vintners before joining Zuccardi’s importer, Hatch Mansfield.  He qualified as a Master of Wine in 1996.



Salta Valley

Uco Valley



Our six wines are:


  • Valles Torrontes 2019:  the classic Argentinian white grape variety, grown in Salta in the north-west.  Enticing aromas of white flowers, pears and passion fruit; refreshing and delicate.  A rival to Albarino and Sauvignon!


  • Fosil San Pablo Chardonnay 2019:  Sebastian Zuccardi’s top white, influenced by the calcareous soils and mountainous climate of the Uco valley.  An elegance that suggests it is Corton Charlemagne from Burgundy.  Awarded 95 points by James Suckling.  This wine alone will make our tasting memorable.


  • Valles Bonarda 2018:  Argentina’s second most widely planted red grape.  Appealing aromas of fresh dark cherries and a palate of exuberant blackberry fruit, soft and juicy.  Uco Valley.


  • Apelacion Cabernet Franc 2018:  from Paraje Altamira in the Uco valley.  Enjoy elegance and purity of fruit.  Ruby red, leafy aromas, firm tannins with lush acidity and great ageing potential.


  • Poligonos Paraje Altamara Malbec 2018:  grown on well-stratified alluvial soil, this is Argentina’s flagship vine.  Malbec dates from the Roman era and by the 18th century had become the main grape in Bordeaux.  It was replaced by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon because it was susceptible to early frost.  It was first planted Argentina in the 1850s.  Expect fresh red fruits and spice on the nose followed by an intense rich taste with long finish.  Awarded 94 points by James Suckling.


  • Malamado Fortified Malbec (18%alc/vol):  balanced and harmonious with the chocolate and berry Malbec characteristics integrating beautifully with notes of dried fig and cinnamon.  Uco valley.  A rival to Tawny Port!


The Zoom details will be emailed to all who register.  The Club is continuing with a nominal £12 registration fee for as long as it can, even though one tutor charges £4,500 per event!  The Zoom information is personal for each registration (which means ONE device); if the wines are shared between households each should register.  Please do NOT pass the Zoom information on to anyone.  If not received by 10am on June 3, please call 01249 720842. 


Zuccardi's UK importer (Hatch Mansfield) offers the six wines at a special price of £103 or two bottles of each for £195 (in both cases to include delivery).  Please order from or by post to the following address:


The Red Herring Wine Club

4 Church Road

Christian Malford


SN15 4BW


When ordering, would you please give: 

  • Name (first and surname) 
  • Delivery address 
  • Postcode 
  • Telephone number (day and evening) 
  • Any delivery instructions 
  • Advise if order is for six @ £103 or 12 bottles (two bottles of each) @ £195 


Please pay the Club at the time of ordering, adding your £12 registration fee per device PAYMENT please to: The Red Herring Wine Club, Account 23429539, Sort code 20-17-35 



The Club will act as the postman, passing all our orders to Hatch Mansfield on your behalf.  The final date for orders (with payment) is 11am on May 24th.  All orders will be despatched on May 27th.


In the event of non-delivery or breakage, please email both and do NOT contact the Club




If you are interested, please apply via the form below or e-mail giving an e-mail address for the Zoom link.


A payment of £12 is required for each e-address which can be paid by either of the following methods:


  • Bank transfer to the following account:   Barclays Bank plc:     Sort Code:  20-17-35     Account Number:  23429539


  • Cheque (made payable to The Red Herring Wine Club) posted to:  The Red Herring Wine Club, 4 Church Road, Christian Malford, 
    Chippenham, Wilts SN15 4BW



Please record your name, making clear you are paying for the Zoom Tasting.   (Please also remember to provide guest e-addresses, as applicable, when applying).




Date:       Friday  4th  June


Time:      6:30 pm 


Venue:    On-Line via Zoom 

Tasting Costs


Per e-address   ...........................................   £ 12  
Member:   ...........................................   £ N/A  
Young Member:   (max age: 35 years) ..........   £ N/A  




(max - per member) ...



£ N/A


(The Club regrets that there is no concession of younger guests)  






  • Via the on-line form below






  • By cheque (made payable to The Red Herring Wine Club) to:  THE RED HERRING WINE CLUB,  30 TREWINT STREET,  LONDON,  SW18 4HB
  • By on-line banking (details below) 


Bank: Barclays Bank plc
Sort  Code: 20-17-35
Account Number: 23429539



Your reference should be as follows:


Zoom 1 for one e-address (replace the 1 with 2 for two e-addresses etc.) 
T for one tasting ticket for the next event    (TT for  two, TTT for three)
G for guest ticket    (GG for two guest tickets)
C for concessionary younger member rate    (under 35 years)
M for one membership (MM for two memberships)
B for book offer



Bookings will only be allocated when funds have been received.


Enquiries can be made via e-mail to  or on 020 8947 5082 but bookings will only be allocated when funds have been received.


If using this method to pay your membership subscription(s), please advise







Please remember to advise the club of any home or e-mail address changes


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Diary Dates: (due to Covid19 restrictions, events are subject to postponement and dates are subject to change) 


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