How to talk about wine

How to talk about wine

How to talk about wine Wine drinking is easy. Wine tasting, however, can be a little intimidating – there’s the sniffing and the swirling and, most of all, the strange words and tortured similies that you apparently have to understand to be able to talk about wine.

However, once you’ve had an introduction into what people are actually talking about when they describe a wine, it’s so much easier to guess what they mean when they describe what they’ve just sipped as, ”a dense, brambly nose which threatens violence, brooding but with a feminine side”.

Below is a short glossary of common wine descriptors and what they really mean. Familiarity with the terms below will allow you to “talk” wine like a pro or at least translate the occasional gibberish of experts at dinner parties or in magazines.

  • Cerebral – Not immediately appealing, or, actually, not terribly pleasant at all.
  • Delicate – Thin. Don’t drink it with a curry.
  • Elegant – A more expensive way of saying “delicate”.
  • Floral – See “Perfumed”.
  • Mineral – Smells like a kettle that needs de-scaling.
  • Perfumed – See “Floral”.
  • Pretty – The wine equivalent of describing a house as “quaint”.
  • Serious – Scary, one glass only.
  • Surprisingly good – Surprisingly cheap.
  • Vegetal – Tastes like a compost heap, jogger’s socks or pile of horse dung.

Like to just taste lots of great wines – no special vocabulary required?

Come along to the Honest Grapes Big Day Out at TestBed1 on Sunday November 2, from 2pm – 8pm. We’ll have 50 great wines available for tasting, as well as food, kid’s activities and advice from experts who can give you advice about wine in plain English.

You can find more details and buy tickets at www.honestgrapes.co.uk/bigdayout.

Half Term at the Doodle Bar!

Half Term at Doodle BarHalf Term at the Doodle Bar is a programme of creative events to entertain your little ones!

Guest hosts including Tangled Tales, the Minnow Club, Margaret Bateson-Hill and the Old School Club , will be running fun and engaging workshops Monday-Thursday, 10am-12pm.

You’ll also be to make, bake and taste pizzas with Well Kneaded from 11.30am – 1pm.

PROGRAMME:

Mon 27 Oct:
Spoon puppets with Tangled Tales (Lambeth County fair) – book here now

Tues 28 Oct:
Halloween arts and craft with Captain Cookie and The Minnow Club (Camp Bestival) – book here now

Weds 29 Oct:
Storytelling, 3D dragon mask-making and creative writing with Margaret Bateson-Hill (The Dragon Racer series) – book here now

Thurs 30 Oct:
Making felt bags, sewing & appliqué with the Old School Club – book here now

PLUS!

Make, bake and taste pizzas with Well Kneaded, every day 11.30am – 1pm. (Drop in)

Limited availability – book tickets in advance or contact halfterm@thedoodlebar.com for further information

– Monday 27th October – Thursday 30th October
– 10am – 12pm (Workshops)
– 11.30am – 1pm (Well Kneaded)
– £10 per workshop

 

 

 

Printing and dyeing workshops at the Doodle Bar

Printing and dyeing workshops at the Doodle BarOver the coming weeks, Creative Arts graduate Nicole Line will bring a travelling studio to Doodle and will be hosting a series of printing and dyeing workshops in the bar.

The workshops are a great opportunity to learn a variety of printing and dyeing techniques in a fun and relaxed environment..i.e with a cocktail in hand!

Monday 20th October: Screen Printing
You will have the chance to create stencils and use the silk-screens provided, creating your own prints using pigments and binder. Please wear suitable clothing and bring items from home to print onto – tea towels, pillow covers, aprons, t-shirts, tote bags.

Please book this workshop here on Eventbrite

Monday 27th October – Indigo Dyeing
Nicole will show you a range of Shibori techniques; binding, stitching, folding, twitting, compressing the cloth. This process can be messy so please wear suitable clothing and wear gloves. Bring items from home to dye – tea towels, pillow covers, aprons, t-shirts, tote bags.

Please book this workshop here on Eventbrite

Monday 17th November – Mono Printing
Using flat objects such as lace and feathers you will be mark making and drawing into the paint creating samples for your sketchbooks. Bring any interesting fabrics from home to print onto and wear suitable clothing.

Please book this workshop here on Eventbrite

Monday 24th November – Block Printing
Using poly blocks you will be carving designs and creating prints onto cloth, also mixing your own colours from a range of pigments. Please wear suitable clothing and bring items from home to print onto – tea towels, pillow covers, aprons, t-shirts, tote bags

Please book this workshop here on Eventbrite

Monday 8th December – Tie Dyeing
Bring items from home to tie dye! You will be scrunching, pleating, twisting your fabric and using Dylon dyes to coat your fabric with colour. This process can be messy, please wear suitable clothing and wear gloves. Bring items from home to dye – tea towels, pillow covers, aprons, t-shirts, tote bags

Please book this workshop here on Eventbrite

Monday 15th December – Christmas Screen Printing 
Bring a selection of items that you can print on to for Xmas presents! Pillow covers, t-shirts, aprons and tote bags

Please book this workshop here on Eventbrite

– 7.30pm start
– Max. 15 people per session – book to avoid disappointment! 
– Workshops are 2 hours long
– Participants must book tickets before the workshops and bring confirmation
– Cost: £13 per person per workshop

 

 

Recipe: Pugliese burrata on a panzanella salad

Pugliese burrata on a panzanella salad

Pugliese burrata on a panzanella salad

To celebrate our new weekly ping pong and meatballs night, our favourite Italians (well..half Italians..) and regular Doodle street food vendors, the Belpassi Bros, have given us this awesome recipe to share with Doodle customers.

Burrata is like turbo-mozzarella – creamier, sloppier and far superior to its well-known cousin. La burrata comes from Puglia in Southern Italy and literally means ‘buttery’. It’s becoming evermore available in shops and restaurants in the UK, so get down to your local deli pronto to get your hands on some, ‘cos if you haven’t tried it before, you’re in for a treat!

The Belpassi Bros pop-up at Doodle Bar every Wednesday evening for our new ping pong night. Combine their legendary meatballs with a game of ping pong and you could win a £50 bar tab…doesn’t get much better than that!

Belpassi Bros

Belpassi Bros

Pugliese burrata on a panzanella salad

Tomato, bread and cheese never tasted this good!

Serves 4
2 x burrata (see a specialist Italian cheese deli)
400g of tomatoes (freshest is best)
1/2 loaf or leftover ciabatta (w/olives is optional)
Handful of basil
Extra virgin olive oil
A splash of white wine vinegar
Salt & pepperSummer is pretty much over, so use the next couple of weeks to make this delicious, light and simple dish that will get the tastebuds amped…’the simple things done right are the best!’Place the ciabatta in the oven for 10 minutes on 170 degrees, unless you have bought fresh.

Using a tray, cut up all the tomatoes and tear the ciabatta into pieces. Season with the juice of one whole lemon, olive oil, salt & pepper. This is a process that you need to taste as you are going along. You want to keep feeding the ciabatta with olive oil so that it soaks it up, then add a good splash of white wine vinegar.

Tear and add the basil last of all so the basil leaves don’t get too soggy.

Place the panzanella salad in the middle of the plate, drain the burrata, tear in half and place beautifully on top of the portion. To finish, drizzle extra virgin olive oil and season to serve.

Belpassi Bros

Belpassi Bros