It was a ‘fun and interesting evening’ said Mary Peterson describing the NMDCA Wine and Cheese evening. It was a slightly competitive test of peoples’ knowledge and palettes as six different wines were presented for tasting. There were three reds and three whites comprising three price bands of cheap, middle of the road and expensive. The test being to see if the two or three person teams could correctly choose which wine was which and to guess the country of origin. The blind tasting was achieved by cloaking the bottles in socks, with a colour coding system on the neck employing coloured insulating tape.
In addition to the wines, there was a challenge to identify six different cheeses laid out on colour coded plates. Also a great spread of food was provided by Doreen and Gillian to counteract the effects of a busy evening imbibing. The different wines were ‘paced’ throughout the evening and along with the chat and nibbling no one had to be carried home! When the scores for the wines and the cheeses were totted up it was a close run thing but Phil Heller and his wife Bernice took home the prize.
One of the things that everybody took home though, was that the price of the wine does not necessarily define its drinkability and that many people preferred the cheapest of the wines to the more expensive ones. Both the red and the white at just over £3 a bottle seemed to prove the most popular before the price was known and even more popular when it was revealed. Aldi and Asda being the suppliers of these wines.