Enjoy Discovering WineEach month Erica interviews a former student of Enjoy Discovering Wine. This month’s interview is with WSET Level 1 student – Chris Cregg

When you signed up for the Level 1 Award in Wines course what did you want to have happen?

I wanted to have the basic introduction that removed any wrong assumptions, bad habits or perceptions that had been accumulated over the years. For example, how to open wine the ‘right way’. How to pronounce ‘Montrachet’. Or that red wine can be drunk with fish! I also wanted a platform for what I anticipate to be a more complex study in WSET Level 2. In a way it helps to tell me whether I’m ready to move on. The examples given were answered on the WSET Level 1 Course. The course also broadened my purchase of wine by moving from any old dry white to reds (drunk on their own and not just with food) or a Gewürztraminer. I also learned that an extra £2-£3 can make a big difference in quality.

The course itself and the result showed that I do have a love of the subject. I am now ready to explore further and I now try to go through the motions in smelling, sampling and tasting the wine. Where possible, I compare my views with those of any available hard copy or online tasting notes. Red wine isn’t just drunk with a meal but can of course be ‘quaffed’ socially or at home casually. Interestingly, improved quality also means less quantity in consumption, for me at least. The course itself though broke down perceptions of what’s usually drunk with some foods. It also provided a fascinating insight into the effects of food on wine and the taste buds. For example: bitter, sweet, heat and alcohol. Ultimately, it was about enjoying what your senses are telling you.

When the course provided a fascinating insight into the effects of food on wine what would you say to someone that enjoys wine with food with your newfound knowledge?

Very simply – experiment. Discover what you might like as well as know what you don’t like. That might even include Champagne with Curry and whilst most people might not enjoy it, you might. As long as you enjoy it. Even then, if you don’t like it first time don’t be put off trying it again with a different Champagne or a different Curry.

Just as the eyes and ears enjoy seeing different locations, scenery or sounds, so the Eyes, Nose and Mouth need to discover what it likes to drink. Then when food is added, it offers more.

 

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