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Wine cellars and becoming an “at-home” sommelier

Written by Matthew Bourn
When it comes to popularity, wine tops the list in Australia as the favourite alcoholic beverage. In celebration of this beloved libation, McConnell Bourn is proud to be a major sponsor of the Wahroonga Food & Wine Festival, which will be held on Sunday, 25 October 2020. We hope to see you there!

Although wine is a favourite alcoholic beverage, fewer Australians are venturing out to local wine bars, pubs, and restaurants — or are cutting down on the number of times they go out — to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Add in the colder winter temperatures and it makes perfect sense to stay at home by the fire this winter.

Becoming a wine sommelier

The inability to go out as frequently does not need to put a damper on a wine connoisseurs’ good times. Stocking up on a few bottles of your favourite wines to pair with a home-cooked meal is a great idea. Even better, learning more about the wines you enjoy through an online sommelier course is even better.

Sommeliers, also known as wine stewards, are trained and knowledgeable wine professionals. They pair fine wines with different types of foods, reds with dark meats, whites with fish and so forth.

While you can use the knowledge you gain about wine to pursue a new career, it also simply be fun to understand more about the wines you enjoy and how to pair the best wines with your favourite meals to create a savoury experience.

Resources for learning more about your favourite wines

Winter in Australia is the perfect time to stay indoors and learn a new skill. You can learn about wines from our nearby Hunter Valley with free online courses courtesy of Wine Australia. Local winemakers from the Hunter Valley region discuss new and vintage varieties of wine, the styles and techniques used to produce them, and offer fail-proof tips on wine and food pairing.

Enhancing the experience

Once you're more knowledgeable about wine, consider enhancing the experience with the addition of a wine cellar or bar fridge stocked with your new — and vintage — favourites.

If space allows, consider adding a classic wine cellar to your home. You can convert an unused space such as under the stairs into a beautiful wine cellar. Although wine requires a consistent temperature of between 12 to 14 degrees Celsius, locating it underground is not necessary. Providing sufficient insulation, protection from UV light, and the inclusion of cooling equipment is all you need to turn any space into a wine “cellar.”

Is space limited? Consider a wine fridge capable of easily fitting into any available nook in a kitchen or family room. Wine fridges are customisable and can include a single or multi-temperature zone to accommodate more than one type of wine.

Where to find the best wines

Of course, do plan to check out the Wahroonga Food & Wine Festival later this year for some great offerings. In the meantime, there are many ways to support Hunter Valley wineries while enjoying some quality selections. Many local wineries deliver, so you can order from the comfort of your home.

Other local wineries offer wine clubs, including:

Tulloch Wines
Wine House Hunter Valley
Bimbadgen Hunter Valley

Work on honing your wine sommelier skills. The team at McConnell Bourn looks forward to seeing you in October for some great food and wine tasting!

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