Thank you Kelly. I’ve been a WS member for many years now but this whisky project has to be one of the best initiatives that you guys and girls have launched. This has given a lot of people a chance to try something (a 30 year old single malt) that would be out of reach (price-wise) for many people (myself included I have to say, particularly if my better half found out!).
I have only just joined this community forum and it made me wonder if I could come up with perhaps three personal things that I have learnt from nearly 20 years of buying from the Society (as well as the other 25 before I saw the light!). I’m not trying to teach anyone to suck eggs btw and perhaps these will be more helpful for those at the beginning of the wine journey.
Buy one bottle at £10 rather than two for a fiver each. It is scary how little you are paying for the liquid in the bottle at the lower price points. Various guides can be found on the internet but Decanter estimates that its 31p for the bottle at £5 and £2.70 for the one at £10. That’s nearly 9 times better value! I rest my case.
Serve wine at the correct temperature. Download a guide of recommended serving temperatures as this (in my opinion only of course) makes the greatest difference to the experience. I have lost count of how many reds I have been served at a ‘room temperature’ of 24 degrees and a ‘fridge temperature’ of 3 degrees! A handy hint that I was told if you can’t check the bottle, take whites out of the fridge 20 mins before you serve them and put reds in the fridge for 20 mins before opening. It works for me!
If you have appropriate storage, the Wine Society’s own label champagne (Gratien of course) is magnificent after 12 to 18 months of extra cellar time. It does require some forward planning (and to keep your hands off them whilst waiting!) but you will be amply rewarded. It works for most other NV labels as well, Bolly being particularly suited to this treatment for my tastes.
Now that I have started this, I’ve realised I could come up with another dozen at least. Also perhaps it would make a thread on it’s own but over to you folks! what are your top three tips!