The must have to learn and enjoy wine
When it comes to enjoying wine, the must have are:
- Great wine
- Great wine glasses
- Great friends
- We are currently putting a wine tasting kit together with different wines from all around the world, so that you have the opportunity to taste different wines at home while you learn about wine. Our first kit is due to launch in December 2021.
Great wine glasses:
- When participating in professional wine tasting courses like the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the ISO glasses are used. However, my favourite wine glasses to use are the universal Zalto glasses. You can use these glasses for red or white wine and even sparkling wine, they are super slick and elegant.
- These are not essential but sharing experiences with friends tends to make it more fun.
I must admit I was slightly afraid of the waiter’s friend corkscrew till I actually gave it a go. Once you know how to use them, there are super handy.
Currently there is a huge selection of wine glasses, but if you want to keep it simple these glasses are perfect, as you can use it for both, white wine and red wine.
- Zalto Denk’Art Universal wine glasses are my favourite.
- There are light, high quality wine glasses. Super elegant and diswashwer friendly.
- There are suitable for white and red wine.
- Six Arcoroc Viticole wine tasting glasses
- ISO (International Organization for Standardization) approved.
- With a tall bowl ideal for swirling and capture the wine aromas, durable and dishwasher safe.
- These glasses are also suitable for white and red wines.
Wine coolers are very handy if you are a white wine or sparkling wine drinker. I really like these two:
Very handy when there is more than two people having a glass of wine.
Wine preservation systems
Worth investing in one of these systems, unless of course you always finish the bottle of wine on the day you open it!
- Le Creuset wine pump with three wine stoppers.
- Another of my favourite items! It keeps your wine fresh for longer, as it remove the oxygen out of the bottle.
- It is super easy to use and super easy to clean.
Coravin lets you pour a glass of wine without opening the bottle and without letting any oxygen into the bottle. It is an expensive accessory, but worth the money if you want to have a glass of wine rather than having to open the bottle.
- If you are in Ireland, Brown Thomas have a nice offer, see: Coravin Brown Thomas
- For those outside Ireland, you can get it in Amazon, see: Coravin Amazon
Jancis Robinson is a legend when it comes to simplifying the foreign language of wines. Here are my two favourite books from Jancis:
- Jancis Robinson is the legend when it comes to simplify the foreign language of wines.
- This book in particular has everything you need to know if you want to learn it all!
- I totally recommend checking her out.
- Wine Folly:Magnum Edition: The Master Guide
- Madeline Puckette another legend when it comes to simplify wine. Madeline in addition to be a sommelier, she is an incredible talented graphic designer. Her books are full of graphics to help you learn about wine in an easy way.
- I got the kindle version and the printed version. I would recommend the printed version as the kindle version is a bit awkward to navigate through.
- Wine simple: A Very Approachable Guide from an Otherwise Serious Sommelier: A Totally Approachable Guide from a World-Class
- Aldo Sohm one of the best sommelier in the world has put together at this super graphic and funny wine book. Worth the look!
Food books & blogs
Here are my current two favourites food blogs/books:
The Wine Tasting Kits by Glorious Wines - Coming Soon!
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