December in wine…
The end to 2018 proved to be very busy, yet highly educational. The Christmas period provided many, many wine orientated event’s, with great opportunities to connect with local enthusiasts, not to mention a great excuse to crack open a bottle or two.
A number of local wine tasting events has introduced me to some fantastic new grape varieties and geographical combinations. To list but a handful of favourites…
Chilean Carménère – This was a completely new grape to me, and definitely one I will be revisiting again in the future.
New Zealand Syrah – Made in a northern Rhone style with new world grapes, simply sublime.
Crémant d’Alsace Sparkling – A fantastic alternative to Champagne, with the same depth of savoury flavours you would expect.
All of the above, plus many more, will be given the dedicated reviews they deserve on my tasting board over the coming months.
Coming up in 2019…
With my WSET 2 Award in Wines and Spirits just around the corner, it’s been all hands to pumps in preparation. A combination of reading, discussing, and of course, sampling different varieties has been a great eye-opener to the more academic side of my wine appreciation.
This course runs over a three week period over January, so watch this space as-well as my social media accounts for regular updates and pearls of wisdom as they come in!
My eyes are peeled for new tasting events and opportunities in the new year. These really are the best places to discover great wine and a chance to discuss the techie stuff with real professionals.
As with the end of 2018, my tasting board will continue to be filled with reviews of my favourite discoveries. With a combination of originality, value for money and that special something, there will be a bottle for every occasion!
Wishing you all a happy new year! … Cheers!