What a fantastically patriotic several weeks we have had recently. I wouldn't like to hazard a guess at how much the sales of English Wine increase during the celebrations, but with the BBC's 'The Apprentice' and our Queeny's milestone all helping to raise the awareness of our award winning tipples, sales must surely have risen. For the first time in ages, people were actually asking for English wine at the hotel in which I am Head Sommelier. Good thing I stocked up on British plonk for all the requests of patriotic and curious guests!
Wine tasting can be a great past time. Experiencing different wines, learning about new varieties and how each one is unique according to it’s birthplace. Once you get going, there seems to be a never ending scope of information to be uncovered. Coming from someone who hasn’t been to hundreds of tastings, if you have an interest in wine then it’s a great thing to do.
This week we will be suggesting wines to try both with and without food. We must stress though that we are merely paddling on the shoreline of this vast subject, giving you a few ideas in the hope that you will catch a wave and enjoy the ride. You can do as much research into this subject as you like but at the end of the day, you are the one with the answers, after all it’s your taste buds you’re trying to please.
People say “never judge a book by its cover”. Apparently this is a particularly nasty thing to do to books who are generally unable to defend themselves against such potentially devastating judgements.
I wonder though, how many people judge a wine by its label? Admittedly a label is not the most important thing about a wine. If a wine tastes absolutely sublime and happens to be rather good value then people tend to hear about it and it tends to get bought.