|Wine, Cheese, Crackers|
|Checklist, Wine, Cheese on a stick|
35 1/4-1/5 glasses of wine later, feeling a little worse for wear, I felt like I had discovered more about wine than I had up til that point in my life. It was fascinating to discover the variety of tastes of the different whites and reds through direct and immediate comparison. Also I managed to lay to rest my prejudice that all white wine tastes like cat's pee as I've found most bottles from tesco costing less than a fiver do. In fact, the two bottles of wine which I purchased at the end of the evening were both white: A Hans Lang Riesling 2009 which was fruity and a touch dry and Heritage de Chateau Sauvignon Blanc 2009 which tasted like a bottle of grapefruit juice (dangerous). I'd imagine, judging by some of the people round the room, that I was one of the lowest rollers and that especially after the considerable number of glasses of wine drunk by most (I didn't see much spitoon action), the average spend was probably far in excess of mine.
|Underused spitoon in foreground, Infomation board in background. I can confirm that Viognier does taste of flowers.|
|Is it a good thing that a wine tastes of pencil shavings?|
So all in all, an awesome evening. Tickets cost us £22 for 2 people (I think that might have been a half price special offer) and included tastings of all the wine on offer as well as a seemingly limitless supply of Carr's water biscuits and yellow processed cheddar. I'd challenge you to have a night out on booze for less anywhere in the UK, especially at a 5 star hotel.
|A drunken reveller takes another sip of wine|
The details: Laithwaites Wine Tasting Evenings Web: http://www.laithwaites.co.uk/DWBase/jsp/event/index.jsp?categoryId=cat480006, Location: Venues across the UK