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?
Throughout last week the boys and girls at the Rhône Wine marketing board had teamed up with an arts school in London to put on a bit of a show for everyone. The students at Central Saint Martins had been tasked with coming up with a few art installations that reflected the sensations of drinking wine. Being a maths geek, I thought all this arty stuff would be right over my head, but at least the wine would be good!
I got an email from the guys and girls behind the Rhône Wine PR board a few weeks back. They were doing a quiz night down in the City Of London called “A Game Of Rhônes”. Nice! I’ll be honest, like a lot of people I’m a big fan of the Game of Thrones series, and have even become one of those annoying bastards who’s actually read the books. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone what’s coming up!
So the exam is done, the coursework is being printed and I’m whizzing that in tomorrow. Fingers and toes all crossed that’s me done for year 1 of the Diploma! Now I can get back to the easy bit of making a go of two start-up companies and getting my name out there in the big wide world of wine…hmmm.
Lots of studying again last week, but it’s slowly starting to sink in…I hope! I think when you know you’ve got an exam coming up, this quote sums it up nicely: “Today’s Christmas Eve, tomorrow’s Christmas Day, and I can’t wait for Boxing Day to be honest!” Yep, I’ll go with that right now. Anyway, enough about the exam, here comes the week’s line up on the blog…
After the whites yesterday comes the reds today. I should have mentioned that these wines aren’t going to be on the shelves at Lidl shops until the 26th November. They’ll last as long as stocks do, so get down there early doors!
Anyway, here are my top 3 reds to keep an eye out for…
These days there’s this thing about independent wine shops. We live in a world of superstores selling everything under one roof. There’s a case to be argued that the practically has been subbed in and specialism has gone out the window. That’s way we love our independent shops, none more so than in the wine industry. They know what’s going on, and we’re interested to hear what they’ve got to say for themselves.
Ok boys and girls, I’m afraid I’m going to have to start doing some more serious tasting notes. I’ve got to get into the swing of it before my tasting exams, so I’m going to use this blog to start writing some serious notes. But don’t worry, they’ll have a translation with them! Let’s kick off with Gigondas…
I did a New Wine This Week a few months back when we did Côtes Du Rhônes. Gigondas is a smaller appellation within the Côtes Du Rhônes, so I could really just re-use that food pairing, but I won’t.
Amongst all the famous “international” grape varieties, I reckon Grenache is one of the least talked about. Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ve all heard of them. Grenache is that grape that they dabble with in Spain and the South of France a bit, right?