Wine notes

Mas­ter of Wine Emma Jenk­ins sug­gests some easy-to-achieve, en­joy­able res­o­lu­tions to make at the start of 2017.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS -

De­cided on any New Year’s res­o­lu­tions yet? Many of us fo­cus on things not to do, but I can’t help but won­der if fo­cus­ing in­stead on things we ac­tu­ally want to do might be more sat­is­fy­ing – and achiev­able. So I’ve thought of some vi­nous New Year’s res­o­lu­tions, if you will. More fun than the usual monas­tic va­ri­ety and with a much bet­ter chance of be­ing re­solved!

Drink more wine. New Zealan­ders drink around 19 litres each per an­num, which re­ally is quite low, com­pared to France’s 58 litres or even Ar­gentina’s 42 litres… and who knows what great par­ties are go­ing on in Lux­em­bourg with 64 litres per per­son! No won­der we all dress in black and are ob­sessed with house prices. Now please do not make 19 litres a weekly tar­get, but do make wine a reg­u­lar part of your week. Not just for spe­cial oc­ca­sions, or worse, half a cask at once and then noth­ing for six months. In­stead, dis­cover the joy of a good glass or two sev­eral nights a week. With food, of course. Which leads to…

Think Euro­pean. Not nec­es­sar­ily the ac­tual wines you drink (that’s an­other res­o­lu­tion al­to­gether), but how you drink them. Those con­sump­tion fig­ures come from cul­tures that con­sume wine in mod­er­a­tion with food and friends. At its most ba­sic, it’s how wine is meant to be en­joyed and it makes Res­o­lu­tion Num­ber 1 very sim­ple.

Visit a win­ery. Get to know the birth­place of your favourite wine. You can try “cel­lar door only” wines and, by and large, win­ery peo­ple are a friendly bunch who just love to share their en­thu­si­asm and knowl­edge.

Go to a wine tast­ing. You can do this on your win­ery visit, but there are also many lo­cal wine stores and so­cial clubs who hold wine tast­ings, of­ten hosted by a wine­maker or in­dus­try per­son. Be brave, go along with a friend and an open mind and have some fun – it’s an ex­cel­lent way to try all sorts of wine with­out hav­ing to pur­chase an en­tire bot­tle. You may also get to taste rare and ex­pen­sive wines at a frac­tion of the usual cost.

Make friends with a good wine shop. There’s noth­ing wrong with buy­ing all your wine from the su­per­mar­ket, but if you re­ally want to ex­pe­ri­ence all that the wine world has to of­fer, it pays to visit a spe­cial­ity store. If they’re worth their salt they’ll help you with ev­ery­thing from try­ing a new va­ri­ety/re­gion/coun­try to seek­ing out some­thing for a spe­cial din­ner, to rec­om­mend­ing winer­ies to visit for Res­o­lu­tion Num­ber 3.

So if you’ve lost in­ter­est in your usual res­o­lu­tions, try those above. I’ll bet you find them eas­ier to do than car­rot sticks and swear jars!

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