Hi everyone and thanks for visiting us
This month’s article will talk about our most recent English speaking social night: WINE TASTING.
One of our big philosophies at ELC is for our social nights to give learners of English or foreigners who have lived in English speaking environments, the opportunity to use, practice, maintain and improve their language skills through a range of activities. This month we hope highlighted this belief and hope others will contribute also in the future.
We are no experts here at ELCmantova on Wine and wine tasting but one of our regular members had recently just succesfully completed a wine tasting course and accepted a request to host a night on the procedure and techniques of this most wonderful activity. It also gave her a great opportunity to practice her presentation skills that were undeniably perfect therefore we thank and congratulate her on the evening.
The stage was set; the wine was bought and after a brief discussion about our hostess’ recent course and the guests’ knowledge of wine (which was zero) we completed the tasting in the usual manner:
– analysis of the appearence; its colour through the tonality and intensity, and the technique of tilting the glass
-analysis of the aroma/nose of the wine again through the intensity; the balance and the clarity of the wine alongside the technique of swirling the wine around the glass to oxidise the wine creating the aromas to come out more
– analysis of the taste noting the intensity; the balance; the body; the persistence and the after-taste, as well as the technique of allowing the wine to swirl around the mouth and understanding the different nots of sweetness, sourness and bitterness at various parts of the tongue
We started with a White Sauvignon DOC from Collio in the hills of Friuli; followed by a Valpolicella DOC; then a Franciacorta Brut/Champagne and finished with a Passito Dessert wine from the Ricchi vineyard in the hills of Moreniche between Mantova and the Garda Lake*. The best wines were certainly the Franciacorta and the Passito dessert wine whilst the others were interesting but slightly difficult to understand completely due to the plastic flutes used!!
I must also add, that through no fault of the hostess the first wine to be tasted was agonising; through learning the different meanings of the categories to analyse to the possibilities and options of what the analysis could mean meant waiting for some time and having a glass of wine just waiting in the hand to be ultimately drunk in the way we know best was rather excruciating; you would therefore think the first wine would have tasted so much better when in fact it wasn’t that good after all!!
I final thank you to another member who brought along some lovely little biscuit treats at the end that went perfectly well with the Passito; after 2 1/2 hours we were ready for eating something!!
All in all another wonderful evening with some good wine; great company and a new way of looking at the culture that is wine.
See you all next time
*Note to my mother; near Mozambique!