A monthly £30 subscription brings a two bottle tasting case, complete with professionally produced, full-coloured, booklet through the post to your doorstep. Each monthly box gives contrasting wines to enhance your tasting abilities and perhaps discover wine styles you were previously unaware.
“During the first 6 months you will discover the 3 main elements that make a wine: the grape variety, the climate, the wine-making process… For the following 6 months, we will take you on a journey to not only deepen your understanding of these 3 elements but also to discover specific regions or grape varieties, as well as the influence of the terroir on wines whilst continuing to develop your library of smell and educate your palate”
The opening salvo of the series sees a bottle of Chardonnay and one of Sauvignon Blanc, both from France. The chard. was a delight. Domaine Cornin Pouilly-Fuisse Les Chevrieres, 2011 offers a great balance between richness and drinkability with delicious nuances of pear, apple, hazelnuts vanilla. For those who find these things important it is also organically produced. The Chardonnay is in total contrast to the sharp, greenness of the Chateau Gaillard Touraine Sauvignon Blanc, 2013. The latter really needed food to shine and, as if they had planned it, the Sip and Learn team offer food suggestions in the booklet and full recipes on their website.
For the Touraine an Asparagus, Mint and Lemon Risotto “The zesty and grassy nature of Sauvignon Blanc will enhance the flavours of mint, lemon and asparagus while the refreshing acidity will cut through the creamy texture of the risotto” (although they should have asked me to do the photos as theirs doesn’t really do the dish justice).
And for the Chardonnay? A recipe for Scallops which hasn’t yet made it to the blog, although a Jon Thorners Creamy Chicken, Bacon & Leek Pie was a suitable match.
The team behind Sip and Learn are two delightful French people – Marie-Anne Onraed who handles the marketing and Sylvain Wellhoff who sources the wines. The company was launched in November 2014.
COMPETITION: For your chance to win this Sip and Learn Box (the first in the series) there is a competition on their blog! Two questions to answer… closing February 14th 2015.