Have you ever wanted to understand how grapes are turned into wine? Have you ever wondered why some wines have real corks in them and others use screw caps? How do you know if you are supposed to ‘cellar’ a wine or just drink it as soon as you buy it? Perhaps you have always wanted to understand why certain wine smells or tastes the way it does – where do those smoky/fruity/earthy/mineral aromas and flavours come from?
Clio has spent the last 3 years finding out the answers to these common questions as part of her studies at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and has been sharing her knowledge with wine tourists as a guide and tasting instructor in Argentina and England since 2012.
Clio organises and leads wine tasting nights which can be tailor made to suit your preferences and interests or can be made-up of a range of fun wines from various countries and grape varieties. Below you can see some example tastings.
OLD WORLD VS NEW WORLD – As more and more consumers move towards wines from Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina, we will look at what makes the wines from these ‘new world’ regions so appealing, what defines them and how they compare to the classic wines of France, Italy and Spain.
BORDEAUX VS BURGUNDY – Two bitter rivals, these two wine regions have been competing for the title of the world’s best wine for centuries. Producing very different styles of wine with totally different grape varieties, we will discover just what it is that makes these wines so revered and you will decide for yourselves if you think they are worth the hype… and the price tag.
CHARDONNAY IN FIVE STYLES – Poor old Chardonnay has taken a bashing over the years as people reject its association with WAGS and tacky soap operas but Chardonnay is actually one of the most interesting and versatile grape varieties in the world. It can grow almost anywhere, can make light citrus, melon flavoured wines, big tropical fruit flavoured wines, deep honey coloured oaked wines and is of course responsible for some of the world’s best Champagnes. We’ll try five different wines and I hope you’ll all see that Chardonnay, far from being one dimensional, is actually more like your eccentric friend who’s in a different mad outfit every time you meet.
CHAMPAGNE VS CAVA VS PROSECCO VS ENGLISH SPARKLING – How do you make wine fizzy? What are the bubbles made of? Why is Champagne so much more expensive than Cava or Prosecco? What does ‘sur lie’ mean on a Champagne label and what’s the difference between Champagne and sparkling wines from other parts of the world? Clio will address all of these questions during your tasting and will start to demystify some of the common misconceptions about Champagne. You won’t be using a teaspoon to keep the fizz in your bubbles after this jolly evening of tasting and chatting.
HOT CLIMATE VS COOL CLIMATE – Wines made in hot countries are dramatically different to wines made in cooler countries. But in what way? How does climate effect a flavour of a wine? Why are wines from hot countries like Australia and Chile often so high in alcohol? What are the challenges that winemakers face in hot and cool countries and how do they overcome them? We’ll try a range of wines from 6-8 different countries and work out what characteristics define each and why.