As a man with atrocious taste in what he puts in his mouth, I always feel a certain level of dread when sat in a decent restaurant and someone mentions wine. Not only am I unable to distinguish between my Bordeaux and my Buckfast, but I always get slightly anxious when someone on the table does the tasting in front of the waiter.
I do find it rather awkward, especially the person's face when they are swilling the wine around their mouth, just before they do a slight nod indicating that the wine is fine and should be poured. I suppose if you're bang into wine though, this is a pretty important part of the whole process, and gives you the chance to show off your knowledge to others.
If you ARE into your wines then you could do worse than head on over to Chetham's Baronial Hall for the next UK Wine Hour Live event in July. Joined by a number of wine suppliers and producers, the event is used to showcase a cross-section of wine types and countries of origin - leaving you to sip some wines and talk about jazz or opera or whatever else you're into.
There's loads of wine suppliers and wine accessory companies turning up, and the venue itself if very special. Used regularly for performances, the fifteenth-century space provides an intimate and atmospheric setting, perfect for enjoying a tipple.
The event will be held on Friday 14th July from 6pm. Tickets are £15 and are available here.
Chetham's Library (Baronial Hall), Long Millgate, Manchester, M3 1SB