It’s not every day that someone proposes you go ‘Tasting In The Dark’ So when Laithwaite’s wine and The Blogger Programme invited me to sample their wine at a very special event, I couldn’t resist. I didn’t really know what to expect. I’ve watched the shows where diners eat in the dark, but wine in the dark?
What’s that all about?
Well, to set the scene, this wonderful Laithwaite’s wine extravaganza took place at the Vintage Festival. A place where wine and champagne dreams are made.
We were ushered in and sat down in a dark room. Very dark. The only way that the waiters could navigate the wine to the table was with special night vision goggles. We were then presented with a variety of Laithwaite’s wine, then a selection of difference music was played as we were asked to sip on the wine – noticing the flavours. It was amazing to sample the different notes and key tastes that are apparent when you’re paying such close attention. When the outside world doesn’t distract and a simple piece of music can make you feel transported.
As we tasted each Laithwaites wine, it became evident that there’s so much more to learn. After all, ambience alone can completely change the taste of the wine you drink, even the feel of the tablecloth – which is just so incredible.
At the end of the event, Laithwaites explained that you don’t have to immediately buy more expensive wine to enjoy the incredible flavour. There’s such a huge variety of wine on offer from Laithwaites, it’s made me realise that price isn’t the thing we should be focusing on when selecting wine. I’ve now realised it’s really important to truly taste your wine. To be present and enjoy the layers of flavours that are unveiled with each sip. We then spent the rest of the afternoon exploring all the many delicious wines and champagnes on offer at The Vintage Festival.
I’m no wine expert by any means, but the Tasting In The Dark event made me realise that understanding wine isn’t so scary, and that maybe its time to try something a little different than Pinot Grigio from time to time!