Wine is a very lovely drink that everyone loves to drink at parties, brunches, or even as a relaxing nightcap. There is an abundance of wine out there– red wine, white wine, pinot noir, chardonnay, etc — and we could go on listing every type of wine but all these would be useless if we don’t know how to gauge good wine from a bad one.
Luckily, Estate Wine has hosted a wine class last October 18 at Acceler8’s coworking space. This class taught us all about the process of winemaking, wine tasting, and everything we need to know about it. Following their company’s mantra, Estate Wine is committed to serving quality wine to everyone, which is why they sell world-class, top-tier wines while also hosting educational events that teach people all about the art of making and tasting wine.
Mark Bailey, an accredited sommelier, gave us a quick background on the whole process of winemaking and he walked also gave a walkthrough on how to do wine tasting properly. If you did not get to attend this event, don’t worry! We’re going to share with you some of the things we learned from him:
The wine-making process is more than just fermenting
Winemaking is a laborious process that takes time and a whole lot of effort. Time is not a problem when making wine because it can be developed and fermented in 10-15 days and it could go on for years or even decades. Waiting for fermentation is not the tedious part of winemaking, it’s the harvesting and preparing of everything that goes in the fermentation process. Each wine farmer goes through the vineyard to source grapes that are already ripe and ready for fermentation. Depending on the winemaker, there are different flavors being infused in wine to make it more distinct and bold.
Expensive does not automatically mean good
A common misconception when buying wine is that the more expensive the wine bottle, the better it should taste. According to Mark, most of the time, that is not the case. Each wine tastes different because of the different components that go in each bottle. More than this, the flavors of each wine bottle The taste of the wine is not defined by the price that goes with it; it’s all in the production of the wine that makes for the taste of it. With high-quality ingredients and a rigorous production process, the flavors of the wine would come out even more. Mark also mentioned that the price of the wine bottle usually signifies the rarity of that variant: the more expensive, the rarer it is.
Wine tasting is a process
Tasting wine is more than just glugging a glass of wine and determining its taste, it involves more senses body senses than you think. The first step in wine tasting, according to Mark Bailey, is inspecting the wine with your eyes. Check if there are specks that are present that should not be there to begin with. By inspecting the color of the wine, you can already determine what flavors you can expect from it and how deep these flavors are. Before taking a sip, take a whiff of the wine. Mark said that smelling the wine before tasting it will give you an idea of the intensity and variety of it. Lastly, take a sip of the wine, only then will the true “character” of the wine come out.
These classes are always great to attend because you get to have fun while learning. Acceler8 holds these types of events regularly in our events space both in 111 Paseo in Legaspi Village and in Finman Centre in Salcedo Village, both in Makati City. If you’re passionate about something, you can definitely hold your own class in our centers, don’t hesitate to reach out to us, we’re always open for collaboration!