Whether you’re a die-hard prosecco, champagne or red wine enthusiast, or a beginner looking for a bottle to bring to a party, attending a wine tasting is a great way to discover a new (or old) favourite. Wine novice Anthia Chng visits an informal tasting session at Bacco Wines, an Italian vino online retailer known for selling high-quality, organic wine that pair well with Asian grub. Read on for details of her experience!
What went down
Held every two to three weeks in Bacco Wines’ cosy office at Robertson Quay, the intimate tasting session had a comfortable 30-odd attendees, made up mainly of expats, with a handful of locals. Each session features a specific theme, and this time it was Innovators – think creative mountain vintners, Mario Pojer and Fiorentino Sandri of Trentino.
The session started with a short intro by host and wine expert Laura Goddard, who spoke passionately about our tasting wines. She explained their origin, aromas and a few interesting facts. We were given a sheet of paper with details on the seven different types of wines – one rosé, three whites and three reds – and a column to fill in our personal tasting notes. There was also a small selection of nibbles that went well with the wines; I loved the bite-sized, homemade rendang toasts and cheddar cubes! The entire experience was informative yet casual, and almost like a homey gathering with friends.
As someone prone to hangovers, I was initially hesitant about going for a wine tasting. Additionally, it was a gamble as I had to head to the office the next morning for work. Yet, after sampling a total of seven wines, I woke up the next morning as per normal. There wasn’t even the slightest hint of a headache! This came as a big surprise – I’m prone to getting a hangover with just one glass, and I wasn’t holding back during the tasting!
According to Laura, chemicals and additives like acetaldehyde are one of the main reasons for next-day hangovers. A solution is to switch to organic; and thankfully Bacco Wines stocks a wide range of organic vino at pocket-friendly prices. I’ve already got my eye on a couple of favourites.
My pick of the night? It’s a close call between the Chardonnay 2014 IGT (Pojer & Sandri) – an easy-to-drink, refreshing white – and the Chardonnay Histonium Rudhir 2011 (Jasci & Marchesani). I’ll go with the latter (just!) for its interestingly nutty aroma and creamy vanilla notes. I’ve never tasted any wine like this!
Don’t miss the upcoming Boutiques Italian Wine Fair from 2pm to 6pm on 20 May, where you’ll get to taste a huge selection of Italian wines and order your favourites at exclusive sale prices. If you’re particularly on the hunt for affordable vino, bookmark the next Bacco tasting session, 7pm on 7 June, which features bottles below $50. Psst… all attendees of the tastings get to enjoy special member prices on wines!
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