The universe of wine is expanding at breakneck speed. We started slowly enough. Wines made from the ‘noble’ varietals did us quite nicely for decades. Who could want for more than a shiraz or a chardonnay or a riesling? Well, it turns out, we did want for more.
A decade ago, most wine lists were strangers to words such as tempranillo and nebbiolo yet today they are commonplace. Just as we were getting our heads around these strange sounding Spanish and Italian varietals, on came another wave of exotic names: verdicchio, arneis, viura, scheurebe, schönburger, barbera, assyrtiko, furmint…
Faced with this onslaught of different grapes and flavours and wine styles something happens which strikes me as a little bit odd. You’ve seen it too I bet. It’s the person who always drinks the same thing, without exception.
It’s Shiraz guy. Or Rosé girl. Or any variation thereof.
On one level it’s understandable and, to a small extent, acceptable. Booze costs money. Sometimes a reasonable amount of money and, in the interest of value and confidence, it makes sense to choose something you know you’re going to enjoy. This is Barossa Valley Shiraz’s home ground advantage: people who are reluctant to take a risk on something new.
In truth, drinking the same wine time after time, despite the plethora of options available, is like clinging to a tatty old inflatable ring in a fast moving river of wine, as hundreds of other craft cruise by, some of them quite sexy looking.
In short, you have options. Hundreds of them. It’s possibly prudent to remember, unlike human love, there is no stigma attached to being polyamorous with vino, so maybe it’s time to step out and immerse yourself in the swinging wine world.
And of course the best way to experiment? A wine tasting – think of it as a G-rated orgy – you get to experiment wildly, but with your pants on.
wineXP can facilitate a tasting at your home – or in your boardroom. We can work with your preferences and introduce you to new wines that have similarities to your ball and chain. If you are a Barossa Valley Shiraz drinker, we can introduce you to Nero d’Avola or an Aglianico for your tannin hit. You might be surprised.
Riesling fans should consider flirting with Grüner Veltliner or a Schönberger. Champions of Sauvignon Blanc might take the opportunity to spend time with Albarino.
And for those of you attached to Pinot Grigio via an IV, maybe it’s time to change the bag for an Arneis from Piemonte or a Viura from Rioja.
With wineXP, a whole new world of wine experiences awaits.
Our expert (and entertaining and erudite!) Sommelier will come to your venue and with a distinct lack of unnecessary jargon and technical gobbledygook, provide a fun and informative experience.
- Private Sommelier for 2 hour experience
- We travel to your home or preferred venue
- Cheese platters or canapé matching available
- 8-10 different wines to try
- Opportunity to purchase wines tasted
- Tasting notes & quality glassware provided
- Servicing Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
All events are individually tailored to suit your budget, tastes and palate.
Get in touch to discuss options – and let us set you and your friends, colleagues or clients on an exciting new journey.