Wine and Pepper: An Affair to Remember

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.