Last week I was invited to attend the Soave Wine event at Bakerie in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. I’d only been to the bar once before for another wine tasting (where they had a wine vending machine and it was really really cool… but I digress…) but it is known for its great wine selection and bread and meat boards – what else could you ask for?
It was only about this time last year that I started to drink wine, and I’m mostly a red girl, although I do prefer a white wine in summer because it is much more refreshing.
The Soave region is within the Venetian hillsides and produces some of the best white wine in the world. Italy is well known for its wine production, and I felt very lucky to be able to try them in such a relaxed environment.
I went with my friend Liz (who write the blog Dirty Thirty Crisis) and were met by Sarah Abbott, a Master of Wine and an ambassador for Soave wines in the UK – very cool title! She showed us to the table and talked us briefly through the 20 wines that were on offer. They started off with the cheaper ones and moved up in price and availability the higher the number.
We got to about wine number 4 before platters of food came out (probably a good a thing!) which were a dream come true – a mixture of breads, cured meat and chutneys; everything that I’m a massive fan of (although I did feel bad eating bread in front of Liz who is gluten-free…)
We made some friends over the food, and carried on with them and got to about wine number 10 (bearing in mind we were having about half glasses each time, we thought it was about time to slow down…) when Sarah did a speech thanking us all for coming and mentioning that we could all take our favourite wine home with us.
Because we didn’t want to look like alcoholics with bottles of wine walking down the street, Liz and I thought it would be a good idea to finish off our favourite wines (which evidently were the two cheapest!) at the bar. A man from the Cheshire Wine Society came over to join us and told us about all of his favourite vineyards, which was actually really interesting.
This event definitely made me want to go to more events like this and made me realise that there is so much more to wine than you first think and the £5 bottle you used to live on at university, probably is the reason you think you don’t like it. My advice – do your research and try as much wine as possible!
If anyone knows of any other events like this, please let me know in the comments xx