These Five Tips Will Make People Think You're A Total Wine Expert
Know nothing about wine but want to pretend you do? Well, these five tips will get you over the line.
You might call Kate Peck something of a renaissance woman.
Not only is she one of Australia's most-stylish main stayers on the social circuit, but she's also a bonafide revhead and is currently gearing up to help host 10's coverage of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
Oh, and did we mention she's a qualified sommelier? Like, an actual sommelier... not just someone who really, really enjoys wine.
"I've kind of always been interested in wine," Kate told 10 daily. "I mean, I feel it needs to grow on you as most people don't really start to get interested in wine -- not just alcohol -- until maybe their early 20s".
Kate said that after "years of practice" she decided to put her tastebuds to the test and completed a qualification with The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) -- which runs globally recognised courses and exams on wines and spirits.
"There's an international qualification you can do and that's up to a Level 4," Kate said. "I've done a Level 3 and plan to continue my education".
Kate said that her overall goal is to forge a career which allows her to merge her love of wine and her experience in media.
"There are a lot of females working in wine behind the scene," she said. "But there aren't many females working in the wine industry in media -- so I'd like to change that".
So, as a first step to help us mere mortals with learning a little more about wine, Kate decided to share her top five tips on how to fake it till you make it when it comes to wine.
It's All About The Temperature
Kate recommends we reach for a "cool climate wine" as it's "very much on trend".
"When you're picking out a bottle, look for one that comes from somewhere like Tasmania, which is going to have a much cooler climate than the Granite Belt," she said.
Kate said these cool climate wines are not only lighter, but they're also "generally more elegant".
Look At The Legs On That One!
Kate explains that when a sommelier refers to the 'legs' on a glass of wine, they're referring to the droplets or streaks of wine that form on the inside of the glass when you swirl the wine around.
"The legs should give you a good indication of the level of alcohol in the wine or, in sweeter wines, it will give you an idea of how sweet the wine will be," she said.
But, she warns, don't rely on the legs to give you any indication as to how good the wine is and it might just end up being a "big boozy drop".
Get The Decanter Out
OK, this only applies to those big, beautiful red wines, according to Kate.
"All wine needs a bit of time to open up and breathe," she said. "The best, and most impressive, way to do this is by popping the wine in a big, fancy ridiculous looking wine vase."
Remember The Four S's
Swirl, smell, sip and swoosh.
Kate said that while you might end up "looking like a certified wine wanker", these four steps will help you really appreciate the drop.
"Plus, it will help you practise your craft... the craft of drinking lots of delicious vino," she said.
Let's Talk Tannins, Baby
Anyone who has ever attended a wine talk/event/night in the history of forever will have heard the word tannins bandied about.
So WTF are they?
Kate explains: "They're the grippy component of the wine and arise from the wine's contact with the skin, seeds and stalk. They stain your teeth and give you that lovely red wine lipstick look."
It's important to note that tannins only happen in red wine and not white, so be careful not to drop the word while enjoying a glass of Reisling.
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