I’ve never been a big fan of red wines, usually felt like they’re too heavy and bitter. But that’s probably because no one introduced me to the good ones before.
As one of the Eat Drink Blog 2012 delegates I went for a trip to McLaren Vale (while the second group was enjoying Barossa Valley). When I had a look at the program I was very happy to see that our trip is more hands on, than just eat and drink. It worried me a bit though, that’s going to be reds only but I went there to have fun not to be picky, right?
After about 40 minutes ride from Adelaide Central Market we ended up in one of the McLaren Vale’s wineries – D’Arenberg and experienced The Blending Bench. At first all those beakers and pipettes looked scary, but after a great introduction to the winery and all kinds of wine-making related stuff we just started to blend like a bunch of crazy food bloggers does. I learned that wine can taste like salami and that’s a good thing, that you can blend different wines over and over and even the smallest difference in the proportions is a big difference in a taste and that red wine can actually be tasty.
Suck the wine, mesure, pour, mix – we had 3 rounds of mixing to get it perfectly right (or completely wrong 😉 ). Me and my blending partner Emma (from More Than Churches) agreed that our second blend was the winner, and that’s the one we bottled.
We were given some dry ice to keep our wine from oxidizing too much. It looked spectacular!
All bottled and labeled. And here it is, from a very limited edition: Jack Rabbit.
After all that blending madness D’Arenberg treated us like kings and served us some great food.
Oh, and there were also winners of the blending bench! Jack Rabbit was on the short list, but didn’t make it to the 1st place.
I had a great time playing winemaker part, tasting food and taking photos. Thank you to everyone at d’Arenberg for hosting us.