Hello again, Community
Thank you so much to everyone who joined our Burgundy virtual tasting tonight, it’s been great fun! If anyone missed it and wanted to catch up, you can have a read of the thread here:
This is a great time to get our next virtual tasting in the diary:
New #TWSTaste virtual wine tasting: Champagne and Sparkling Wine, Thursday 9th April 8-9pm
Like tonight’s tasting, we’re asking you to raid your wine rack to see what you’ve already got at home, and join together to taste along live next Thursday.
It doesn’t matter if it’s Champagne, English sparkling, cremant, cava, prosecco or even a sparkling red (!) - all bottles are welcome, as are you.
If you haven’t got any sparkling and want to open something else and taste along, that’s fine too. Bring along what you’re drinking that night and get involved anyway! You might find some inspiration on different sparkling wines to put on your ‘must try’ list!
We’re also extremely excited to let you know that our Champagne buyer Sarah Knowles MW will be joining us, so you’ll be able to ask her any questions you might have about the wines you’re drinking!
A NOTE FROM SARAH:
"These weekly lockdown tastings are picking up steam and there’s something so inherently celebratory about fizz(!) so I hope many of you join us on Thursday to celebrate the arrival of the long weekend and to spend an hour avoiding the news cycle!
I once received very good advice from an MW study friend who made the statement that she always had a bottle of sparkling wine in the fridge as she never knew when she’d want to celebrate! This is advice I have now lived by for years, and I am very careful to always have something sparkling next to the milk at all times. Obviously, this has led to celebrating often quite minor things, and consuming more bubbles, not a single bottle of which I regret!
A highly respected colleague of mine, Janet Wynn Evans, also often spoke of her Friday night ritual of champagne fish and chips – a lifestyle I try hard to emulate. So whether you are opening a complex vintage champagne, a joyful prosecco or a best-kept-secret crémant, I hope you share your favourite wines and times to enjoy them with us all, and we can all celebrate together this Thursday."
Sparkling wine and Champagne Guides
Whether you are a certified wine geek or simply here for the fizz, these videos and guides give a good introduction to the various styles, grapes, and production methods associated with sparkling wines the world over:
Weekly Workshop #2: Sparkling Wine
A Glass Half Full With… Sarah Knowles MW (Sparkling Edition!)
Here’s how to take part:
- Have a look to see if you have any Champagne or sparkling at home. If you don’t, then while it’s currently not possible to order from us, your nearest indie wine merchant may be able to deliver.
- Reply to this topic saying what Champagne or sparkling you’ve got - and if you’ve got more than one option, feel free to share notes with your fellow members here and get advice about which bottle to open (feel free to open more than one if you like…). You could also ask about decanting or get some serving suggestions/food matches lined up.
- Log in to the Community just before 8pm on Thursday 9th April - there’ll be a topic called ‘LIVE #TWSTaste: Champagne and Sparkling Wine’ where we’ll host the live event. We’ll all say which bottles we’re opening/share photos of the bottles, and then we’ll taste along together and compare notes, just like we do for a normal #TWSTaste event.
If you’re new to The Community and need help with how to use the forum for the tasting, have a read of our guide ‘How To’ - Take part in our virtual #TWSTaste events’
Who’s joining us?
- I’ll be there!
- I haven’t got any Champagne or sparkling wine, but I’ll come along for the chat
We hope you can join us! If you can’t make it, we’re currently planning the following week’s tasting and we’ll let you all know the theme tomorrow