So you love Australian wine but you want to start learning a little more. You know and love your favourite Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc, your Tasmanian bubbles and your Barossa Valley Shiraz. They are delicious, reliable and good value wines but they don’t excite you as much as they once did. Is it time to go full wine geek and enroll in a wine course?
We asked Dan Sims from Bottle Shop Concepts, creator of super fun Aussie Wine Month events like Game of Rhones, what he thought…
“What people don’t necessarily want to do is learn about wine in a classroom. They want to learn about it how they consume it, and that’s socially. If you like music, you don’t wake up one morning and say I’m going to go and do a course on music. To learn about wine get out there, enjoy it and have fun!”
If you’d like to learn more about wine start by drinking a little different. Instead of taking a bottle of Tasmanian bubbles to a friend’s place for dinner, take a bottle of Prosecco from the King Valley. This fresh, fun and utterly delicious sparkling variety works with loads of food and will introduce you to the aperitif style of sparkling wine.
Instead of having a glass of Barossa Valley Shiraz when you’re out dining, try a glass of McLaren Vale Grenache. These wonderfully savoury reds are perfect for pairing with a wide range of foods, from cured meats and cheese platters to grilled meats and tomato based pasta dishes. Grenache is a slightly lighter style of wine to Barossa Shiraz but still has beautifully ripe cherry, spice and raspberry flavours. This will introduce new flavours and a new style of wine to your palate, adding to your wine knowledge without the need for you to head to the classroom!