Fizz Friday: A dream night in
Staying in is the new going out. And when a virtual Prosecco tasting is beamed straight into your living room - it becomes the perfect night in writes Nina Hytner.
All dressed up and nowhere to go. This seems to be the state of the nation right now. Until Friday night when my best friend and I decided to try out ‘Fizz Friday’ – a virtual Prosecco tasting event beamed straight into your living room. As we’re both natural fizz fans, this was clearly a dream night ‘in’. What better way to spend a Friday night – get dressed up, walk downstairs and spend an evening in the comfort of our home listening to experts talking about our favourite tipple, Prosecco. A no brainer quite frankly. Here’s what you need to know.
Each ticket allowed for the whole household to attend. This truly was lovely. To see families in their groups of under 6, couples and wine enthusiasts gathered together to enjoy an ‘event’ in this current climate was truly heartwarming. Everyone was dressed up, eager and raring to go. After a few minutes of checking wifi connections and warming up, our lovely host Surrey wine educator Heather Dougherty, from Red, White and Rosé, handed over to our wine educator, Neil Philips – an erudite, engaging and enthusiastic host. Clearly used to talking passionately about Prosecco Neil didn’t pause for breath. For the entire two hours he talked animatedly and credibly about everything Prosecco related, from its origins to its technicalities. I could have listened to him all night.
We learnt about ‘pear drop noses’ and the history of Prosecco. We learnt fun facts. And we were asked to reveal our favourite wines of the night. We asked questions, we laughed, we interacted – the evening went by briskly and before we knew it 8.30pm had arrived and it was time to bid adieu. The perfect way to kick off your weekend if you ask me.
Scoff and quaff
Your ticket gets you three bottles of Prosecco. Not each household has the same bottle but you’re given a crib sheet on each bottle and tasting notes to print out. Each bottle costs around £14-£15, and you’re told that some of the bottles are used by hotels and not actually available to buy, which means that you’re getting to sample some exclusive Proseccos. You’re encouraged to have some nibbles or food on the go. We had some olives, nuts and crisps but some of the more experienced households had the Gran Padano and antipasti on the go… note for next time, do the same and make like an Italian!
The Muddy verdict
Good for: Fizz fans and those who have a genuine passion about wine.
Not for: Those who want to chat and discuss nuances and notes of each sip like a wine tasting. Here you sit back, and listen to the host speak, with a chance to ask questions right at the end.
The damage: Tickets are £30 but for that you also get three premium bottles of Prosecco delivered (includes delivery within 20 miles).
Nina Hytner is a journalist and TV producer of shows including So You Think You Can Dance, Comic Relief, Children in Need & Strictly Come Dancing. She lives in Surrey with her family. @ninjachoons