It’s time for you to grab a glass and join me on an Italian wine tasting experience.
I like wine. I’m obsessed with wine. Heck, I’m not even the slightest embarrassed of saying that I love it. The slight pop of a champagne cork… The smell of an oaky red wine… Ah, what’s not to love!
One of my absolute favorite indulgences is going to wine tastings. If you have been reading Cavaforlunch for a few years, you might remember my rather incredible wine tasting at the small winery Fasoli Gino near the green and voluptuous hills of Verona. More recently, you might remember that I wrote an article on my cava tasting experience in Barcelona with the Freixenet distillery. Both are, in my opinion, epic experiences.
As it turns out, wine tastings are also a brilliant present. And they can also be an excellent backdrop for a date night – whether it is a night out with your better half, a family member or a friend. After I made the rather shocking discovery that my partner had never actually been to a wine tasting, I knew that I had to act quickly. Two hours later, I had booked us in on a wine tasting with Glasgow Wine School, a branch of the Local Wine School group.
On a dark night in February, my partner and I headed out on a Grand Tour of Italy with the experienced Severine as a guide. During the wine tasting, we got to try a total of six different wines, two white and four red, and we also discovered that all the brands were available at either Waitrose or Naked Wines. Excellent!
As we are headed to Italy in a few weeks time, we opted for a wine tasting class called The Grand Tour of Italy. Here, we tried a selection of wines from Veneto, Tuscany and Puglia (and everywhere in between!). We were also taught how the earth and the surrounding soil affects the final result of the wines, and we were also given a document that was supposed to help us pick out the different flavors that the wine consisted of. It was such a fun experiement!
For each wine we tried, we were also given suggestions to what types of food it could best be paired with. Furthermore, Severine was very knowledgable and she eagerly chatted to us about wine in general, the development of flavors, and she often compared Italian wine districts to French wine districts. We both left the wine tasting feeling like experts!
What I also found to be very interesting in the wine tasting was the attempt of comparing my own wine preferences to the preferences of my partner. I have always imagined us to be quite similar when it comes to wine, but I quickly discovered that the wine I liked the least was actually one of my partner’s favorites (A Pinot Grigio from Trentino)! My ultimate favorite turned out to be a dark and sumptuos Appassimento from Puglia, and I fear that a bottle of that might be my next big investment. Delicious!
We had an excellent night at our wine tasting, and we definitely cannot wait to go back for more. And who knows, by the time we head to Italy we might be proper experts…
Tell me, have you ever been to a wine tasting?
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