I am ridiculously late in posting this, but as they say, better late than never right?
The weather Gods seemed to like the idea of the whole wine tasting thing on a canal boat and so blessed us with some fabulous sunshine and warm weather in the middle of May, when it was technically still spring. We got together at the London Canal Museum and after a bit of catching up with fellow food bloggers (of course with some bubbly in hand), our wine experts for the evening Xenia and Stephane, took us through the journey of wines and how the Waitrose Cellar came into being. We were then segregated into two groups and asked to head on over to the two canal barges that were ready for us. Once we all got cosy inside the boats, Xenia, who was our group head, went on to explain the different ways to identify the personality of different wines, while opening bottle after bottle of delicious wines for us to taste.
The canal ride was really beautiful, and with wine as companion you’d never want it to end. We tasted quite a few wines, but I must say my favourite was the Cae de Lugny Sparkling Burgundy Blan de Blancs NV which just hit the spot the moment i took a sip. Its perfect for those summery afternoon parties and at GBP 13.99 its a steal. I’m a Chardonnay lover, and so it wasn’t too difficult to please me with this anyway! I usually go for whites and Rose’s over Summer and switch to the dry reds in colder months, and i’m really really getting used to the sparkling wines this year. I am not too familiar with pairing wine and food, but I’m definitely getting the hang of it.
The Waitrose Cellar website gives in-depth information on all wines and they also have how to guides that help you learn a few things; and if that’s not enough, the wine experts are available on @waitrosewine to answer all your wine queries and food matches.
(Photography by Emma Gutteridge)
With thanks to Waitrose Cellar for inviting me to the event and for the case of wine. All views expressed are my own