I was asked to look into how to become a wine sommelier, and as a wine lover and current student on the WSET Diploma in Wines, that certainly appealed and my research has really made me appreciate what is involved not only in becoming a good sommelier, but the massive array of skills required to perform the role.
When I started to look into the background for this article regarding the types of wines we grow in this country, the first thing that struck me, despite English winemaking only really becoming mainstream in the last 30 years or so, was that we’ve actually been making wine here in the UK for centuries!
Why do some of us buy our wine from Supermarkets, whereas others buy from an independent wine shop? Well, let’s investigate why. Supermarkets always seems to be offering us even 50% off, so if you’re a bargain hunter you’ll likely to buy supermarket wine. But are we really getting a bargain?
What does the term Cuvée mean and how does it affect the quality and style of the wine currently waiting patiently in my glass? The word ‘cuvée’ in French translates literally as ‘tank’ in English but it's actually much more complicated. Or not?