Let’s get one thing straight: I do not know shit about wine. Much like the art world, my knowledge of wine is not the greatest. What I do know are very basic things and that needed to change. Enter ultra-cool Toronto social wine group, iYellow Wine Club.

My #ShirazWeek Wine Passport
My #ShirazWeek Wine Passport

An opportunity recently came up where I would be able to attend a wine tasting celebrating the club’s #ShirazWeek (Feb 21st-28th), a celebration of Australia’s shiraz grape, which is one of the most popular grapes in the world. To be completely honest, their #ShirazWeek celebration was the first wine tasting event I’ve ever been to and boy what an experience it was.

On a freezing cold night, I entered iYellow Wine Club’s wine cave, located in a secret area within downtown Toronto. Let’s just say their iYellow graffiti gave it away. As I headed inside, the atmosphere just screamed ultra-cool. As they played Pharrell’s latest release on vinyl, with #ShirazWeek passports in hand, and a selection of various cheeses and bread I was ready to experience my first wine tasting. So yes, if you’re wondering, I did indulge in a bit of cheese and bread throughout the evening.

There were about 17 different wines and spoiler alert, when you’ve completed the entire passport a bell was rung to celebrate your wine-filled victory. Second spoiler alert, I made it through about 10 of the wines. Through each of the 10 different wines I was able to try, I did all the necessary wine tasting steps: sight, swirl, smell, sip, and savour. (Okay, for some I cheated a bit and just drank because I wanted to try to finish my whole passport.) A treat I did not expect to see at this event was popcorn! I’m a sucker for popcorn, namely movie theatre popcorn so naturally I also indulged in some popcorn to snack on through the event.

Through this crash course intro to wine tasting, my #ShirazWeek experience taught me what I like and don’t like. It was really interesting to attend an event such as this and I would definitely love to do again. Perhaps a more in depth wine tasting is in order? I really want to increase my knowledge of wine and its different bodies, tastes, and how they really differ from one another. So thus begins my journey into being a wine expert and with the help of iYellow Wine Club, this should be very interesting.