How many of us have cupboards filled with a motley collection of wine glasses from previous housemates, ex-lovers or spontaneous trips to chain stores? Guilty.
Sunday November 15 is the day to do something about it. Bloodwood is hosting The Plumm Trade Up, where you can upgrade your old wine glasses for a pair of Plumm crystal wine glasses, free. All you have to do is register and make sure the two you’re trading in match. Get your housemates or partner on board, and you could get a whole cupboard of elegant glassware happening.
Just as listening to music through a tinny radio is a completely different experience to hearing it through quality speakers, good glasses bring out the best in the wine.
Plumm is the first glassware brand in the country to make glasses tailored to different styles of wine. Of the trade up, Cindi Dean, director of Plumm, says, “We want to show people the difference that great glassware can have on your experience of wine.” Melbourne-designed and European made, we used Plumm glasses at the Broadsheet Restaurant, so these are products we can vouch for. There are 850 restaurants around Australia that also use these glasses.
So, once you’ve upgraded your glasses, you’ll probably want to put them to immediate use. Here’s how.
Learn the lingo
The language of wine can be baffling. It might say “blackcurrant leaf aroma” on the bottle, but who’s smelled a blackcurrant leaf before? How will you know if the flavour you’re picking up is the blackcurrant leaf? It’s all good.
At the Plumm Trade Up you can taste wine from the Yarra Valley region’s award winning In Dreams. After chatting with the winery’s experts about the grapes used, and having the “mouthfeel” of the wine explained to you, you’ll learn how to decipher what’s on the bottle so you can choose the right wine to share with friends. Wine tastings are the quickest, easiest places to spot the signposts and pick up the meanings of wine-speak.
Listen to the experts
If you don’t want to spend your weekends in wineries, wine podcasts are the next best thing. They give you access to experts around the world. Our picks to start with are Grape Radio and the Guild of Sommeliers podcast. There’s also a great New Yorker Out Loud episode about the language of wine.
Visit quality wine shops
Browsing the wine selections at stores such as GPO Cheese and Wine Room and 121BC will remind you there are a hell of a lot of wines you haven’t tried yet. Pick a bottle in your price range and chat to the staff about it. They’ll tell you whether it goes best with red meat, seafood or a mountain of cheese. They would love nothing more than to give you suggestions for other wine to try.
Drink more wine
This probably won’t be much of a stretch to achieve. But seriously, trying different wines from different regions is an excellent way to get first-hand wine knowledge. You could even throw an impromptu dinner party and show off your wine smarts, and new glasses, to your friends.
Plumm Trade Up Details
Swap two matching wine glasses of any quality for two premium Plumm wine glasses (either WhiteB stems or WhiteB+ stemless).
Taste the difference a great glass can make at the free wine tastings from In Dreams throughout the day.
All old glassware will be melted down and re-created into a piece of art at the Lorne Sculpture Biennale.
To build your complete range, attendees can receive a further 30 per cent off Plumm glassware when purchased using the unique event code provided on the day.
Sunday November 15
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