Us Lushes are lucky. Getting together after-hours, tasting wine, and talking about it counts as staff training. A few weeks back we met up at my place after the shops closed. The assignment: each Lush to bring a bottle of wine that we currently carry. Single varietal. White. In a brown bag. I provided some snacks (including a dish we are all now OBSESSED with: shaved zucchini with olive oil, mint, and pecorino cheese…yumm!) and we started out with a little cocktail of Barros White Port and Q Tonic. The stage was set for some prime blind tasting.
The first bottle was mine. Poured straw yellow. Pretty dark for a white. We all threw out some things we smelled: stones, mint, almonds, pear, herbs, white flowers. On the palate: a richer, rounder white, but dry, not too much oak. Minerally, herbal, a bit nutty. A tough one. Erin thought Saviah Star Meadows, a white Bordeaux blend from Washington State. Rachel guessed Vinosia Fiano d’Avellino. Nope, neither. It was the Jasci Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. So delicious! This is a complex, fun to drink, food-friendly white for less than $15 (and everyone thought it tasted like a more expensive wine). We finished our glasses and moved on to the next…
We tasted a Sylvaner from Alsace, a Albarino from Rias Baixas, a Riesling from Nahe, and a Torrontes from Argentina. Sometimes we guessed close, but many times needed some hints to land on the exact bottle.
To quote a Kelly-ism: I heart blind tasting. It does wonders for the palate; if you go into a wine not having any preconceived notions about what it should/will taste like, you can really form your own opinions and articulations. Difficult, but rewarding.
A really nerdy way to party, or a really fun way to train the staff and sharpen our skills and knowledge. The lines are blurred here at LUSH.
Posted by Jane.