It’s pretty clear from the name of this blog (and how much I talk about it), that I love wine. But, if I’m being honest, it’s something that I’ve never known a whole lot about. Sure, I know what I like and what I don’t like, but beyond that my knowledge on the wine front was fairly elementary. So when the Lothian Wine School invited me along to one of its courses to learn about my favourite tipple I jumped at the chance.
Throughout the day, we sampled five white wines, one champagne and six red wines. Before we started tasting, we had to master the four key steps to wine tasting: look, swirl, sniff and taste.
On identifying the different wine aromas, did you know there’s a compendium of wine smells called Le Nez du Vin? 54 little bottles all containing different aromas associated with wines. We each picked one and had great fun trying to identify the associated smells.
After we’d sampled the whites in the morning, we enjoyed a two-course lunch, which was included in the day, before we got back to working our way through the reds in the afternoon.
Our tutor, Justin, was very knowledgeable, helpful and took the time to answer everyone’s questions. If you would like to learn a little more about wine, I would thoroughly recommend this course. I came away armed with lots of hints and tips that I’m looking forward to trying out when I open my next bottle. Visit the Lothian Wine School website to find out more about the selection of courses available, or to buy some gift vouchers, which would make the perfect Christmas gift for any wine-loving friends or family members.0 likes