So you like the idea of wine, you don’t mind the taste thus far. You want to be part of the wine culture club buuut you find yourself constantly ordering the “house white” or “house red” because you’re too sacred to try anything else.
Chin up ol’ chap! Who needs those snooty snobs anyway! Wine not (see what we did there…) start your own Wine Culture Club! The best part is you’ll have way more members because there are far more beginner wine lovers out there than real connoisseurs.
So let’s get started! To start your own club you will need:
Bountiful bottles of wine
This sweet and fruity wine is an easy starter perfect for most atmospheres and occasions. You’re likely to smell herbaceous aromas like lemongrass, or green pepper or fruity smells like melon and grapefruit. On the palate, you might taste sweet fruity flavours like peach and honey or more zesty flavours like apricot and pineapple.
This refreshing wine is best served chilled and aerated to bring out all those lightly floral aromas and lessen the acidity from zesty flavours like lemon and other citrus fruits.
Top tip: Chill aerate and pour with the Corkcicle One to really step up your connoisseur game
Moving on to our third wine, we suggest a wooded or oaked Chardonnay. This type of white wine is made and stored in oak barrels rather than steel. The wood from the barrels will add a nutty or creamy taste to your chardonnay, enhancing the aromas of vanilla and honey... mmm now we’re talking
Once you’re used to a full-bodied wine like the chardonnay move on to something like a merlot. Here you’ll notice hints of black currant and berries on the nose with flavours of dark chocolate or plum. It will also have a velvety texture that you might describe as dry. This wine is best enjoyed at room temperature and in cooler climates
Here we get a bit interesting. You might notice aromas like tobacco or even pencil shavings! Sounds unappealing but expect rich flavours like black cherry, peppery notes and maybe even liquorice. “Cab-Sauv” is not for the faint hearted but once your palate knows what to expect you’ll begin to love it.
Here’s a conversation starter. The debate on the difference between these two is as follows. The Syrah or Shiraz is the same grape but the spelling and pronunciation stem from their country. One originates in France, the other in Australia or South Africa. Can you guess which is from where? Either, Or, this wine has high tannins so it can become acidic when drinking on its own. Expect notes of black pepper and cumin spices on the nose and deep flavours like espresso and black currant.
Don’t forget the cheese!
Wait! We’re not done yet! You simply can’t have wine without a pairing! And what better way than with cheese (mmm cheese) We’ll keep the details for another blog but for now, all you need to know is this: Cheese makes everything taste better and when washed down with the right wine, they might just change your life. Try pairing the cheeses in our infographic with each wine and you’ll be sure to impress your guests!
Remember to share out our infographic to all your invited guests or keep it as a handy cheat sheet the next time you’re in a room of connoisseurs ;)