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A Fun Wine Tasting Afternoon with Co-Op Food

This mama sitting behind the keyboard right here, loves her wine. Yes I do!

Wine is perfect for so many occasions: gossip sessions with the girls, date nights, to kick start the weekend - or any kind of weekend excuse, lets be real and even to take the edge of a terrible day. Wine is my friend :)



Over the last few years, I have become rather particular with my wine and it's not just about choosing a bottle with a pretty label. I really love to enjoy the taste of my wine. So two weeks ago, when Co-op food invited me for an afternoon of wine tasting, not only did I jump at the chance but I also grabbed my girl Stacey Leigh to enjoy the experience with me.

The event was held in their gorgeous offices by St Pauls and began with one of Co-op food's wine buyers Gyles running a wine tasting masterclass featuring a small selection of wines which we tasted and paired with food. I was so surprised how different wines can taste when paired with different kinds of foods.


Gyles is a buyer for Spain, South Africa, Portugal and Fortified wines and let me tell you. This man knows his stuff!


So we tried a selection of wines like sauvignon blanc, rose, some reds and desert wines and paired them with nibbles like smoked salmon, crisps, cheeses and even a delicious Co-op cake. But that was not all.....


After feeling like we had some knowledge, we were taken to an adjoining room and faced with a mammoth table lined with 60 + bottles of wine for us to explore, see, touch, smell and taste.



So Stacey and I floated around the table with our glasses and found some real gems. We also spoke to the team about how all the wines came to being on that table and I was so impressed. I really didn't expect to see the dedication, planning and thought that Co-op very clearly put into their wine selection or to see a team so passionate about what they do - I guess they do have pretty amazing jobs right? All was very evident in the delicious tasting wines that we got to enjoy.


So next time you're looking to purchase a cheeky bottle of wine, you should definitely head to Co-op to make your purchase.

To make it easier for you, I've included some of the faves I tasted on the day that I LOVED LOVED LOVED!

 Henry's Drive Padthaway Shiraz | Padthaway Australia |  £16.99 | deep, oaky & deelish

Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc  |  New Zealand  |  £8.99  | crisp & sweet 

Borgo Molino Prosecco NV  |  Italian  |  £9.99  |  light dry & floraly

Champagne Les Pionniers Vintage 2008  |  France  |  £25.99 |  citrusy, fresh & soooo good!

Escudo Vinho Verde  |  Portugal  |  £5.99  |  crisp, fruity & refreshing

I saved the best for last. My favourite wine that I know I'll be enjoying this summer was the Escudo Vinho Verde. It's a still wine but has a slight sparkle to it. It's so fruity and refreshing and is only 9.5% alcohol so you can enjoy more of it! This wine is perfect for drinking in the garden on a hot day and that I will be doing.

Co-op have also set up a great rewards system and for every Co-op own brand wine purchased, customers will get 5% of what they spend back into an online wallet to be used at any time for future purchases. Also 1% of everything spent on Co-op own brand products and services will be given to the Co-op community fund.

Thank you so much Co-op for such a fun afternoon and for opening up my eyes into the world of wine. You guys all rock!

I would love to hear what your favourite type of wine is? Let me know in the comments.

Much love,
Kat x

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9 comments

  1. I miss my wine! Currently 35 weeks pregnant, so not long to go... This looks like my idea of a perfect afternoon. Cheese, wine and good company. Lovely to see Stacey in your post too. You both look beautiful :)

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  2. Sounds like a fun even! I'll have to try some of those Co-op wines.

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  3. I really envy you trying all those lovely looking drinks. I can't touch wine unfortunately, but thankfully I like beer!

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  4. This is so good I love wine tasting too I bet this is fun. By the way I love your photo

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  5. I bet you had fun. Wine tasting is right up my street. So jealous.

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  6. What a fab opportunity for you both! Sounds like an amazing experience (I am just a teeny bit jealous... :) )

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  7. What a fab and fun evening! And who better to share this night with than a friend new and old.

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  8. Well considering I have Portuguese heritage I am happy that you found the Escudo Vinho Verde to be your favourite wine. I have to say the closest Co-op to me I believe is in ST Pauls and I do like wine too x

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  9. What a great event! I only like rose, and don't know much about other wines! Kaz :)

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