A wine event themed around sustainability in wine and wines made by women. Also Spring was approaching and it was time to look forward to those beautiful lighter styles of wine - and that is exactly what we did!
We enjoyed lots of myth-busting, which always creates such an interactive and engaging atmosphere. One of the hot topics around the room was "What do "legs" mean (also known as "tears") in wine?”… and is it true that the longer the legs, the better the quality the wine is? (Sadly not - it is a myth!).
“Legs” the streaks or droplets that form on the inside of a wine glass after the wine has been swirled. These streaks or droplets are caused by the difference in surface tension between the wine and the glass. The wine will cling to the glass and form droplets that slide down the inside of the glass, leaving behind streaks or "legs". The presence or absence of legs does not necessarily indicate the quality of the wine. It is simply a visual characteristic that can provide some information about the wine's viscosity, or thickness. Wines with higher alcohol or sugar content tend to have thicker legs, while wines with lower alcohol or sugar content will have thinner legs.
Our second wine of the night was a huge hit, Albariño from Rías Baixas in Galicia, Spain - another crisp alternative to try this Spring that is rising in popularity. It's an intensely fruity crisp wine that’s also super affordable too, so keep an eye out for it on your travels.
Albariño is a great wine for several reasons:
Unique flavour profile of peach, apricot, citrus, and tropical fruits, along with a distinctive minerality
Versatile pairing: can pair well with a wide range of foods, making it a popular choice among wine enthusiasts. Its acidity and fruitiness make it a great match for seafood, particularly shellfish, as well as salads, Asian cuisine, and spicy dishes. its acidity and brightness help to cut through rich or heavy foods
High quality: Albariño is produced in limited quantities and is often considered a high-quality wine. Many producers are dedicated to sustainable and organic farming practices, and the wine is often made with minimal intervention in the winemaking process, allowing the natural flavours and aromas of the grapes to shine through.