Oh boy, have I been looking forward to this new thing. After a busy couple of weeks, and a long German test yesterday, I was absolutely ready to kick back and relax with a glass or two of wine. I would have loved to have gone to the Rhine region near us in Frankfurt and had a proper wine tasting experience, but I settled for the next best thing – an at-home wine tasting kit.
I bought this kit from Geile Weine a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t wait to rip into it. The set comes with 2 wine glasses, a set of tasting notes, and 12 mini bottles. My only grumble is that the majority of bottles are white wine, whereas I’m more of a red wine fan, but if I’m being honest, I’ll drink pretty much anything.
The kit comes with some tasting notes, and step by step instructions for a successful wine tasting. We first serve the wine at the right temperature, then gently swirl it in the glass so that it can breathe. Then, you give it a good sniff and see what flavours you can pick up on, before finally giving it a swish around your mouth so that it hits all of your tastebuds. I think at this point in a normal tasting session you would spit it out, but, well I’m sure it’s no surprise to learn that I didn’t do that.
We only managed to get through the first six wines, all whites, but I took notes on each one we tasted and gave them a score out of 5. My plan was to compare them afterwards, but it was actually a good way of keeping track of which ones to buy again. I normally drink only drink white wine in summer – I love nothing more than a cold, dry Riesling on a sunny day – but some of these would taste lovely on a crisp Autumn day too.
This wine tasting was so much fun. We basically used it as an excuse to drink as many different types of wines as we could, but I really enjoyed taking my time in tasting each one and recognising the difference in the colour, smell, and taste. I definitely found at least 2 bottles that I would try again, and I’m only halfway through the kit. Here’s hoping the second wine delivers some light rose’s and some delicious reds to add to my growing collection.