When a fabulous wine company like Lindeman’s contact you to say, ‘We want you to be our sunshine ambassador.’ it is one of those days when you feel really, really lucky.
That happened to me at the recent BritMums Live where Lindeman’s were present as a sponsor and offering glasses of their superb wines to all of the bloggers who passed by their stand, yes it was a busy stand!
Needless to say with such an important role placed on my shoulders I popped back frequently to try as many as I could for you dear reader.
Lindeman’s is Australian wine that has brightness and vitality that comes from 1000 hours of sunshine in every drop of wine. How cool is that? That means it’s definitely worth sharing.
Doctor Henry Lindeman started back 170 years ago in the Hunter Valley planting the first vines in 1843, (that’s just above Sydney for you and me.) You can find out much more on the Lindeman’s website
I’m working together with Helen from The Crazy Kitchen and the wine range for our summer promotion is
- Bin 95 Sauvignon Blanc
- Bin 85 Pinot Grigio
- Bin 65 Chardonnay
- Bin 35 Rose
- Bin 45 Cabernet Sauvignon
- Bin 50 Shiraz
Of course, Lindeman’s have a range of wines to suit any occasion but we’ll be focusing on these for now.
Working in the family hotel in Italy I completed my first step of the sommelier course as we would hold weekly wine tastings for our guests. They were a huge hit as people liked to hear a little bit more so I’d like to pass on a few tips I learnt on tasting wine just in case you were interested too.
My Wine Tasting tips
A wine tasting will be so much easier on a white background as shown in the photo above. White tablecloth or white paper both work well.
- Look at the wine. Tilt the glass and seek the colour of the tongue or edge of the wine. White wines darken as they age so a very young white wine may often have green reflections whereas an older wine will be moving towards a more golden colour. Young red wines often have a purple tint to the edge and the older they get the browner they become.
- Swirl your wine in the glass. This is done to fill the wine with air allowing it to mix and give off it’s aroma. Sniff the wine by going right in to the glass, this will allow you to get a full sense of smell. My sense of smell isn’t as good as others (ex smoker) but many wine experts will tell you which flower, vegetable or even spice they can detect.
- Watch for the ‘arches’ on the side of the glass. A wine’s viscosity is also a great way of understanding more of the wine you are tasting. The longer lasting the ‘arch’ left on the glass in between swirls most likely the higher the alcohol content and indication of a more full bodied wine.
- Now for the expectorating. Take a sip and don’t swallow. Roll the wine in your mouth over all of your tastebuds. You will be able to detect sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami (meaty or savoury). Feel for the texture of the wine and a sense of weight.
- Now draw in some air through your lips, this is called aspiration and once again allows you to smell the aroma whilst tasting at the same time. Professional wine tasters would then spit into a spitoon as they may be going on to taste quite a few.
- Now take another sip but slurp it so you take in air at the same time. You don’t have to make a loud slurping noise for this part, it will probably make people turn around and look at you. Note the differences in texture and flavour
- Look out for the aftertaste. How long does it last? do you like it?
That’s it, have fun and learn something about what you’re drinking along the way. These are the bottles (minus the Sauvignon Blanc) to look out for if you want to join me and fill your summer with Lindeman’s sunshine.
Find out more about Lindeman’s on Facebook chat with them on Twitter and check out their beautiful sunshine images on Instagram
Tell me one of your favourite moments of the day for Lindemans wine. Personally, mine is a 6 o’clock glass. Join me?
Disclosure: I am working with Lindemans wine over the next few months to tell you more about their wines and how they bring sunshine into my life.