Lexis Brisbane – Exploring the World of Wine – 05.04.2024

Friday at Lexis English is more than just the end of the week; it’s a celebration of hard work and dedication to learning. Recently, our campus hosted a wine-tasting activity for a group of enthusiastic students, and it turned out to be both a delightful and educational experience.

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The wine-tasting session wasn’t just about indulging in different flavours; it was a journey into the world of wine, complete with learning about the vocabulary used to describe wines and understanding the nuances of each type sampled. Let’s take a closer look at some of the wines we explored:


  1. Semillon Sauvignon Blanc: This light and refreshing white wine blend is a popular choice for many wine enthusiasts. Originating from Bordeaux, France, this blend is known for its citrusy notes and crisp finish, making it a perfect match for seafood or salads, especially during the summer months.


  1. Chardonnay: Hailing from Burgundy, France, Chardonnay is a versatile white wine known for its rich flavours ranging from buttery and oaky to fruity and crisp, depending on the winemaking style. It pairs well with a variety of dishes, from grilled chicken to creamy pasta.


  1. Rosé: This pink-hued wine comes in various styles, from dry to sweet, and is made from a range of red grape varieties. Rosé is renowned for its refreshing acidity and fruity aromas, making it an ideal choice for picnics or light appetizers.


  1. Cabernet Sauvignon: One of the world’s most popular red wines, Cabernet Sauvignon originated in Bordeaux, France. It’s characterized by its bold flavours of blackcurrant, cedar, and hints of spices, with a robust structure that pairs beautifully with red meats and hearty dishes.


  1. Shiraz: Also known as Syrah in some regions, Shiraz is a dark-skinned grape variety that produces bold, full-bodied red wines. Originating from the Rhône Valley in France, Shiraz wines are celebrated for their intense flavours of dark fruits, pepper, and chocolate, making them a great match for grilled meats and spicy dishes.


Australia, known for its diverse wine regions, played a significant role in our tasting experience. The Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, for instance, has gained popularity in Australia, particularly in regions like Margaret River and Hunter Valley. Australian wine culture is vibrant and innovative, with winemakers constantly pushing boundaries and experimenting with new techniques and grape varieties.

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During the tasting, students engaged in activities such as analysing the appearance, aroma, taste, body, and finish of each wine, enhancing their ability to describe and appreciate different wine profiles. They also learned about food pairings.

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The highlight of the session was the guessing game after each sampling, adding an element of fun and friendly competition. It was truly inspiring to see students expand their wine vocabulary and develop a deeper appreciation for the art of wine tasting.

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The overall favourite, the Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, left a lasting impression with its delightful blend of flavours. Learning about its history and association with Australian winemaking added a layer of depth to the experience, showcasing the rich heritage and innovation within the wine industry.

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As we eagerly await our next wine-tasting afternoon, it’s clear that these experiences not only bring joy and camaraderie but also serve as valuable educational opportunities, enriching our understanding of different cultures, traditions, and flavours. Cheers to the wonderful world of wine!

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