Friday, 13 November 2015

Women in Business

Sometimes, amidst the chaos of life, things fall into place. And so it was with the Groote Women in Business Expo last weekend. Having spent any spare time in the past 3 months setting up my wine appreciation and education business on Groote Eylandt, the timing could not have been better. 

A drink on arrival
I am about to host my first tasting evening at the local recreational club this coming weekend, so it was a perfect opportunity for me to talk to people about what Vine to Vintage is all about and what they could expect if they signed up for my tasting evening.

To get people in the mood, I had decided to run a blind tasting competition. Keeping it simple, there were two mystery white wines ready to taste and punters had to guess the grape variety and region of each wine. The best guess would win a bottle of Prosecco.

The first wine served was the Shaw + Smith 2015 Sauvignon Blanc from the Adelaide Hills. This is currently my go-to wine for the humid 'build-up' weather we are currently experiencing on the island leading into the summer monsoon. I was impressed that most people correctly identified the wine as being a Sauvignon Blanc, because I find the fruit profile to be quite different to the commonly guzzled Marlborough specimens (think more citrus and less herbs). There was only one person who correctly guessed the region as Adelaide Hills, but it was a good opportunity to raise people's awareness that Sauvignon Blanc doesn't only grow well in Marlborough.

Plumm glassware for sale
Up second for tasting was a nostalgic wine for me - Brown Brothers Crouchen Riesling. This sweeter style wine was one of the first white wines I can recall drinking and enjoying. Brown Brothers is such an industry stalwart and this particular wine is a great way to gently introduce people to the enjoyment of white wine, without scaring them off due to high acidity. Again, only one person was on the money with this wine, commenting that they enjoyed drinking it regularly. Many people mistook it for a moscato, which was a fair guess, considering the sugar content.

My stand at the expo also included a display of the Outdoors range from Plumm glassware. This proved very popular, as there are many boating and camping enthusiasts within the local population. (For details on the Plumm range, see my recent post on the importance of quality glassware here).

I am most grateful to Michelle King and Rachael Kleinschmidt who voluntarily organised the Groote Women in Business Expo and to the Groote Eylandt CWA who sponsored the event. What a wonderful opportunity for people such as myself with fledgling businesses!

I'm just in the process of finalising my tasting notes for my inaugural tasting event. I look forward to sharing how it went with you. Sorry I can't spill the beans on the wines we will be tasting, but I can give you a clue:

The event is entitled Festive Fizz!

Friday, 6 November 2015

A Matter of Taste

It's easy to question why it's worth bothering with decent wine glasses. If you're anything like me, no doubt you've experienced the frustration of chipping your nice glass on the sink tap whilst washing it up and - Crack! - that's that (or maybe you have more exciting reasons for smashing your wine glasses).  

In recent years, I have been introduced to a wonderful range of wine glasses which take away the pretension (and expense) that can be associated with glassware. They cut to the chase of simply ensuring your wine tastes at its best. Even better, the range is Australian designed and owned and is reasonably priced to boot.

Being Australian themselves, the designers were obviously in tune with our inherent love of the outdoors. So besides their vintage and handmade vintage ranges of beautiful European crystal glassware, they also have an outdoor range. These unbreakable polycarbonate glasses are perfect for picnics, fishing trips and backyard barbecues. You can check out their range of glassware here.

Plumm's philosophy is based around the principle that:

'Using the right wine glass can mean the difference between a good glass of wine and a great one'

So if you've just splashed out on a decent Champagne for the festive season or there's a bottle of red you've been saving for a few years just asking to be opened, no doubt you want to ensure you can maximise the enjoyment when you do open it.

Did you know that properly designed wine glasses enhance the taste and smell of a wine by ensuring the volatile compounds are directed to the back of your nose, where you sense them as various flavours? 

I'm excited to announce that I am now selling Plumm glassware through my business. Come along to one of my upcoming events to see what all the fuss is about (event details on my social media pages).