If, like me, you are keen to learn more about wine, but from the comfort of your home, I have just the subscription box for you! The Wine List deliver two bottles of hard to find wines straight to your door every month along with tasting notes and a guided lesson so that you can discover different aspects about the wine as you sip! Every month, you will learn one Wine Principle, a bedrock of how wine is made, broken into bitesize chunks.
The Wine List was set up by Josh Lachkovic, who knows all things wine. It is a brilliant way to build up your knowledge over time as each month the tasting notes will focus on a different principle. You will also try wines from different regions and from different grape varieties as well as unusual wines from lesser-known producers.
I was kindly gifted an experience to try and I absolutely loved it! I was able to enjoy the wine at my own pace and slowly get to discover the aromas, characteristics, flavours and gain a better understanding of the wine and where it was from, which made it far more enjoyable, all while being able to pair it with different dishes of my choosing and at my leisure.
When using the Tasting Cards I was able to expand my knowledge of descriptive words when it came to the wines as well as made me approach them in a different way.
My box had two Spanish Wines from different regions and I hadn’t come across either of them before. What I loved most about this experience was that someone else has picked the wine and so it has an element of surprise. I would never have thought to have picked either of these wines myself and it is a great way of finding some real gems that then I add to my ‘would buy again’ list!
The White Wine, Bico Da Ran, was an Albariño from the Val do Salnés and had delicious flavours of citrus, fennel and tropical fruit and a mineral finish. It’s exactly the kind of wine I’d love to enjoy whilst by the ocean and it was a real pleasure to drink.
The Red Wine was Casa Castillo from Jumilla, in Murcia, and was fruity and really easy to drink compared to other high tannin Spanish Reds. It is made with the Monastrell grapes and fermentation is with wild yeast.
Again this is a wine I would not have necessarily picked myself to buy simply because I wouldn’t have been clued up about it but one that I will definitely be purchasing in the near future to add to my collection. It is the perfect wine to enjoy with a cheeseboard or with your friends and I love the after taste, which for me had a hint of chocolate and dates.
It’s something to look forward to every month and you get to learn something new!
If you are interested in wine and want to learn about it in more depth without committing to doing a course, this is a fantastic way to do it. You can try it out for a few months to see if it’s for you and it’s really flexible so at any point if you feel you don’t want to continue you can cancel.
The Wine List costs £39 per month
Your first delivery includes:
– An introduction to wine tasting
– Your first two wines
– Interactive tasting cards
– Your learning plan for the next 12 month
Find out more: https://www.thewinelist.net/subscription