A Wine tasting session at a play group? Really? Well firstly The Tiny Tots Wednesday group is a mothers group where mothers have time to relax and chat whilst their small ones play.
There are no big cars or push toys. We encourage the children to play with motor skills enhancing toys and explore their bodies through crawling, walking etc.
The mothers are pampered with an in-house hairdresser and beautician and now we’re going to try wine tasting! A wine tasting session is all about sipping and learning what to look out for. For the most part, tasting 4 wines means drinking less than a glass, so this isn’t “drinking”, just experiencing the flavour! Travis kindly reminded me that traditionally wine tasting requests “spitting”. Normally they use a Champagne bucket at the shop, but they tend to find that women refuse to do this, as the practice is a little undignified. I am intrigued how men really behave when woman are not around! Does the inner cave man come out in situations like that? Does society expect women not to spit? Well I think let’s try the champagne bucket let’s spit women
Here Travis describes the wine and recommends a menu that would complement his choices..
“Our aperitif is a Provencale rosé from Chateau Riotor. The wine is an elegant and appetising pale, salmon pink colour, and from the moment it hits the glass it has intense berry and herb aromas. The flavours of the wine are refreshing and delicate and not at all sweet, a perfect match for a picnic on a summer’s day and a herby watercress and roast salmon salad.
“For the fish course we turn to a viognier from the Côtes de Thongue made by Domaine Montrose, an exemplary summer holiday white. Always fragrant, crisp and fresh, the grape excels at producing wines that are light in body yet full in elegant poised peachy, pear and lychee flavours. Match it with a sunlit terrace, a sea view and a plate of delicious, simply cooked shellfish.
“For the main course we have chosen a Côtes du Roussillon red. The best wines from the region are full of delicious, juicy black fruit flavours and just a hint of spice too and this wine from Domaine de la Chique doesn’t disappoint. This style of wine is perfect for drinking all year round, and in the summer, how about matching it with chicken and Mediterranean roast vegetables in a tomato sauce.
“For dessert we will travel to Minervois. The wine is a Muscat de Saint-Jean de Minervois made by Clos du Gravillas. As dessert wines go, this is the choice for the long Summer evenings. Still beautifully sweet, this style of wine is much fresher than your archetypal French dessert wine, think of orange peel, honey and white flowers. Drink it straight from the fridge and match it with a galette des rois (a puff pastry pie filled with frangipane.)”
I try and bake the cake Travis is recommending for the last wine. Should I bring biscuits just in case?
I will also bring some home-made baguette.
I’m really looking forward to tomorrow! Hopefully we can make this an annual event. See you there!
EYFS Adviser and MA student at Bath Spa University