I have to admit that I’m helplessly attracted to anything within the bounds of sophistication and elegance. Like a moth to a flame, I find myself drawn to things which hint of classiness and refinement. That’s why when I got an invite to this Wine Tasting Activity hosted by Marks and Spencer, I didn’t have any second thoughts and RSVP’ed straight away.
On that fateful day of February 7th, more than a hundred other people and I were given the chance to sample a gamut of wines from the M&S arsenal. I felt like a preschooler on the first day of school. As I nervously clutched my wine glass, I sipped to my heart’s content as I tried to pay attention to the crash course in wine appreciation delivered by noted sommelier Chie Gatchalian.
Ms. Wine Wizard introduced us to a wide array of wines, ranging from reds, to whites to the sparkling stuff. She gave us a rundown of which types of food go with each kind of wine. I never realized how many types of cheeses there were! Eat your heart out, Geronimo Stilton!
Ms. Chie went on to show us the ‘shake-sniff-sip’ technique when tasting wine (I wonder if that works with mouthwash too!). Apparently there’s a proper way to work your nasal passages and mouth in order to get the most out of what wine has to offer.
The event left me with a light buzz and loads of knowledge about wines. The next time I’m getting together with friends, I’m going to suggest wine in lieu of beer. I’m not exactly a connoisseur, but at least now I can tell the difference between a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Merlot.