Better wine drinking means experiencing a greater level of enjoyment and satisfaction. For us, it is about empowering Mr.Wheeler customers to be able to choose wines based on knowledge and insight provided by us, and an understanding of what they enjoy. It’s a constant battle to convince people to “buy better” with so much choice out there in the supermarkets – but when you do and taste the difference, my goodness it’s worth the extra.
A fine wine exquisitely matched with its cuisine counterpart can be a transporting experience. The synthesis of intermingling disparate flavours, aromas and textures dancing on the palette, fusing to form a gastronomic symphony. Total harmonisation.
I recently had the opportunity to attend a vertical tasting of Bordeaux from the 2016, 2015 and 2014 vintages (the term ‘vertical tasting’ always prompts some amusement amongst non-wine people – as if the tasting might at some point become horizontal if it goes on too long!)
The tasting included such luminaries of the region as Montrose, Pontet-Canet, Canon and Rauzan-Ségla – to name but a few (it’s a tough job etc..etc..) and proved to be a fascinating vintage comparison.
We choose better wine at Mr.Wheeler, and it is our mission to help you choose better wine too. We want to instil in you the skills and expertise to help you enjoy a wonderful bottle. We firmly believe that the art of wine tasting is neither as obscure nor as challenging as is sometimes assumed. The next time the bottle is tilted and those glorious grapes are splashed into your glass at the table, we want you to know what to pay attention to. It is not necessary to be a sommelier to tell the difference between a quality wine and a something below par. You just need to know a few things to get you started.
2015 was always going to be a hard act to follow, but Bordeaux has responded with another show-stopping vintage, which in many cases surpasses its predecessor
Wine has been exported from the vineyards of the world over many centuries. The methods of transportation might have changed from the days when the ancient societies of the Mediterranean used amphorae and barrels to ship wine between countries, however, one thing that has not changed is the demand for quality wine. The wine import/export business is now huge and the UK with its limited opportunities for growing grapes due to climate is one of the world’s biggest importers. Traditionally, wine was bottled at source to be exported but over the last decade an increasing quantity has been transported in containers to be bottled at filling plants in this country.