My friend saw a wine tasting evening advertised and said shall we give it a try, seeing as it was something new to experience I thought why not. At £5 per person entry to be honest I went in with low expectations, but it was a very pleasant evening for the price. The money raised was for charity too, so it’s nice to know your doing your bit (however small) to help so I was quite surprised with the value for money, I had a lovely selection of cheese and crackers and more than enough wine.
We were each given a chart to record our comments for appearance, nose and taste. This is when I felt quite out of my depth, I tend to stick to one wine (Barefoot Rose) that I like these days and rarely venture away from it. It has a great taste and is very sweet so sampling very dry wines was a real shock for my taste buds!
It’s recommended to give the wine in your glass a swirl first to let the air in with the aim of intensifying the smell. To be honest my nose must not have been up to much, whilst everyone smelt a hint of this or that I just smelt the alcohol! It was a real struggle to think up a suitable comment for my chart. Even so we had a giggle, its just nice to get the girls together it doesn’t really matter what our plans are.
The cheese selection was appetising and looked the part. It helps to have a nibble on a plain cracker between tastings to re-set your palate I think the speaker said! We sampled eight different wines (with just a little bit in your glass, a few mouthfuls not enough to go crazy!) but at the end you could help yourself to a glass or two as well picking out the ones you preferred the most after completing the eight.
I am a philistine when it comes to wine, but I do feel slightly better educated for taking part in this evening. From now on wine nights with the girls will involve swirling our wine around our glasses first and perhaps a quick sniff to make a stab at the possible aroma’s.