So last week I headed down to this Rhone touch exhibition. As I said yesterday it was run by the Rhone wine marketing board in partnership with Central Saint Martins Art School. As much as having a great time and seeing all the cool stuff the students had come up with, it was also about getting the punters to have a try of the range of Rhone wines. How can you get stuck in yourself?
I saw an interesting article yesterday written by one of the UK’s most respected wine writers. Victoria Moore was writing in the Telegraph about whether it’s really a good thing we’ve got all these writers and bloggers trying to demystify wine. Is half (if not most of) the fun of it that it’s actually full of mystery and there’s always something new to be discovered?
Whilst we’re in the season of Piemonte, with the competition and everything, I thought I’d continue with a kind of Piemonte 101. As we heard from last time, Piemonte’s up in the North West of Italy, in that little bit in between France, Switzerland, and the sea. Directly translated to “the foot of the mountains” it’s where the alps calm down a bit and the hills start.
Given that I’ve had my head down the last few weeks doing Jury Service, I haven’t had the time or mental energy to do anything other than help deliver the Queen’s justice! So here’s me thinking about what I’m going to write about this week…
Last week I ran a wine tasting for a group of guys and girls that were out on a works-do. One of them team building thingies. To me I think you’re struggling to do better in terms of team building than having a wine tasting. Ok the alcohol helps to open everyone up, but it’s also something that (with a gentle nudge) people actually like talking about.
Thanks to Mari for the question this week. All about how long wine lasts once it’s been opened…and what to do with it if you’re struggling to drink it (if that ever happens?!)
Why do people blend grapes together? That might sound like a stupid question. It’s about finding a final wine that’s better than the sum of its parts, surely?
I said in the last post that one of the great things about Pinot Grigio is that it goes with a lot of things. That’s why it’s always on pub wine lists. If in doubt, go for the Grigio! That makes this post a bit open ended really, but I’ll have a go.
From just 12 hours or so on the twittershpere, it appears that I’ve touched a nerve with some wine-o’s out there. Even the mention of the words “Pinot Grigio” is a bit like kryptonite. But boys and girls, did we learn nothing from last week? In the same way there’s Lambrusco and there’s LAMBRUSCO, there’s Pinot Grigio and there’s PINOT GRIGIO!
From the other end of the availability spectrum, I’m flying from the lesser-spotted Lambrusco to the can’t-move-for-bottles-of-it Pinot Grigio.