Most wine tastings take place at a snazzy lunch amongst the vineyards or a cheeky bus crawl for a mate’s hens do.
But Taylors Wines has taken the experience to the next level with the world’s first custom-built floating cellar door, on a glass-lined barge anchored on Sydney Harbour.
The famous Clare Valley winery launched the Taylors Cellar Door at Sea to talk up their best wines and school us about how important temperature is when it comes to tasting a fine drop.
Honestly, if you’re going to have a wine education session, a 40-foot shipping container bobbing on the blue harbour waters with the iconic Harbour Bridge in the background, is kind of an unbeatable venue. Not to mention the matching canapes, perfectly paired by the lads at The Butcher and the Farmer. Think spanner crab and coconut tart with avocado, finger lime, caviar, and jalapeno cream. Yum!
Here’s what we learned:
Riesling should be served at 8-10 degrees Celsius
After opening your bottle and pouring a glass, leave the bottle to sweat on the table (instead of popping it back in the fridge). This way, the wine’s character and aromas will shift slightly as the temperature warms up.
Red wine should be served cool – from 12 degrees in fact
Taylors Wines are keen to bust one of the biggest vino myths out there: that Red needs to be served at room temperature. “This is an antiquated recommendation from way back when that actually has a negative impact on the enjoyment of our classic Aussie reds,” third-generation Managing Director and Winemaker Mitchell Taylor told Yahoo Lifestyle Australia. Try placing your bottle in the fridge an hour before serving and enjoying your initial glass at around 14 degrees Celsius.
How did we come to believe warm red wine was ideal?
The misconception of having your glass of red warm comes from the understanding we should have the red wine at ‘room temperature’ but the term ‘room temperature’ has been around for centuries. It refers to old English castles where ‘room temperature’ was a fresh 12 degrees Celsius and not your average Aussie 24 degrees! So, try having your next glass of red vino at a chilled 12-16 degrees.
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