I know I’m not the only who has said that “Wine tastes like vinegar.” But that all changed when I went to Wanderlust Wine Over Water Festival, a wine tasting on the River Thames.
With over 25 different varieties of wine on a swaying boat, this tasting isn’t for the faint-hearted.
You could say I learnt a thing or two from wine experts. So sit back, relax, and follow this step-by-step guide to how to go from “Ew this is vinegar” to “Oh sweet, sweet nectar”.
Step one: Start off low
A brilliant low-alcohol (11.5%) beginner is this Colombar. Priced at £9.40, it is definitely student-friendly, for those nights when you and your roommates want a cosy night in.
Colombar is not a widely known grape but it is making a comeback, kind of like the Chardonnay. This wine can be bought online on Wanderlust’s website and delivered directly to your house. Does it get any better than that?
Step two: Get a little fruity
Next up is the Chardonnay, made at the same South African vineyard as the last. This easy to drink Chardonnay is vegan-friendly, which means your guilty nights in come guilt free! This fruity wine, priced at £10, is a total bargain and perfect for when you’re in need of a fruity kick.
Step three: Let’s dry it up
Make way for the famous Sauvignon Blanc. This grape makes for a lovely dry white wine, but finding one that doesn’t give you the face like you’ve just put a Toxic Waste sweet in your mouth is difficult.
Rejoice! The Caythorpe family-run estate has done just that.
At 12.5% alcohol it is definitely a stronger wine but it remains easy to drink and goes well with a creamy pasta or simply on its own. It is the priciest on the list at £13.25. But Wanderlust can deliver a case of six for only £69.99, dropping the price to £11.60 a bottle. So worth it.
Step four: You’re ready to get bubbly
As you slowly begin to get out of your “wine is vinegar funk”, it’s time to enjoy the sweet symphony of a bubbly brut. This brut is made from Chardonnay grapes, making it cheaper than your average champagne. But it’s just as fancy at only £16.75 a bottle. Champagne bubbles are usually quite harsh and not recommended for students with a tendency to chug, so this wine is perfect as the bubbles are a lot more mellow and easy to drink. Warning – Chugging wine is not recommended!
The amazing thing about all of these wines is they can be purchased online through Wanderlust’s website, and some can even qualify for one hour delivery straight to your home.
We took to Twitter to get the public opinion on whether ordering wine online could become a student go to rather than walking to your local shop:
Images thanks to and courtesy of Wanderlust Wine.
Words: Victoria Locke | Subbing: Ruby Naldrett