Hey, want to save your blushes when ordering a restaurant red? Or are you gunning to join the world’s elite wine tasters? We learnt a thing or two last weekend at the Le Vin: Wine and BBQ.

Le Vin is a monthly gathering of wine lovers eager to explore the finest wines paired with exquisite food and dessert selections. It takes on a dynamic yet relaxed ambience for an unforgettable wine experience.

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Although I do not drink, I have always been one who believes that wine is indeed the ‘Milk of the gods’ and true to those words, Saturday’s Le Vin: Wine and BBQ event was one of the best things and events I have ever attended in 2016.

Set at one of Irish best imports (and nope and not talking about Irish potato), The Curragh, /kərə(KH),ˈkərək/. Pronounced as you would if you ‘shrubbed’ the word colour (it’s the simplest way we could put it). The Curragh is a famous racecourse in Ireland thus fittingly the first Authentic Kenyan Irish Pub and Bistro is located at the Ngong Race Course.

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With the entrance to the pub, the addictive home atmosphere that is laid back kicks in. Once inside you’ll feel it instantly, this is home, a refuge with a refill (bless) a place where you can have your politics with a pint, solitude with a stout or make it three with a whisky (we thought rhyming it with frisky would be a tad too much). But we were here for something more royal, wine tasting and food pairing.

In the process of watching smiles through the warm and inviting light that fills the pub, igniting new conversations with strangers, and watching something golden pour into a glass, Le Vin taught a thing or two about wine pairing:

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Taste More.

We learnt that the best place to start is to taste more. The more wines you taste, the more you’ll develop your palate – it really is that simple. Then get a small notebook and describe your tastings each time. On this day, the team at Vergelegen Wines and Leleshwa Wines went around getting everyone’s view of the tastes.

Start a wine tasting group.

Le Vin always encourages you to tag friends along. It is quite easy and more cost-effective to taste as group. You can plan for monthly meet-ups and cost share the expenses on acquiring different wines.

Go to Tastings.

And in this case, never miss a Le Vin tasting. They have the best three course BBQ with different wine pairing for each course. Tag your friends along and yes, fine things happen over wine conversations.

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Know how to store your wine.

How you store wine will affect how it ages. There is no point in storing your expensive wine in a hot kitchen.

Explore.

Ever heard of sangria? Well, we shown how to make one with a bunch of fruits, your preferred wine and a tot or brandy or vodka. So, explore what more you can do with your wine.

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Food and Wine.

According to The Guardian, become a master of food and wine matching. The first basic rule is to balance the weight of the food with the weight of the wine. Learn how to heighten the flavour of a dish with an acidic wine, and smooth out a tannic wine with meat. Go to www.matchingfoodandwine.com for lots of advice and inspiration.

Find out more about the next Le Vin event via the Little Wine Basket website here.