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Wine Tasting at Hic!

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Visiting our store in Ledston provides you with the opportunity to try a range of wines from our Enomatic Wine Tasting Machine.

If you're unfamiliar with these machines, think of it like a vending machine… for wine!

Our Enomatic Tasting Machine holds 8 bottles and is programmed to serve specific varieties of wine at their optimum temperature: an ambient room temperature for reds and a gentle chill for whites and rosé, allowing all of our wines to express their flavours fully. The Enomatic helps preserve wine even after the bottle has been opened, meaning that we are able to offer more unusual and premium examples from our range giving you the opportunity to try wines that you wouldn’t normally think of buying!

Each month we fill the machine with 8 different wines that either follow a theme, a wine council promotional event, or simply because we feel they have to be tried! The wines are available to taste anytime during the days we are open and you can try all of them in a flight of eight 50ml serves, alongside light nibbles, for a set price per head.

Additionally, we have our unique Hic! By The Glass Cards. The card is free, our gift to you, and works on a pre-paid credit system. Simply load as much money as you would like to spend onto your card, and that credit is all yours to spend on sampling wines from our Enomatic machine. Once you have added funds to your card simply insert it into the machine, grab a glass and choose your measure.
On the machine’s touch screens will be displayed the option of serving yourself a glass in 3 sizes: a 50ml. taster, a 75ml. taster and a 125ml. small glass. Run out of credit? Just load it up again and you’re good to go!


Guess The Noble!

January Wine Tasting at Hic!


Noble grapes are considered the classic grape varieties and are traditionally associated with producing the highest quality wines. Originating in the “Old World” they are widely planted in most of the major international wine producing regions and have widespread appeal; retaining their character no matter where they are planted. Historically speaking, the noble grapes comprised only six varieties. The white noble grapes were Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Chardonnay. The red noble grapes were Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. However, this list has been expanded in recent times and it is considered there are as many as 18 noble grape varieties that define the complete range of wine flavours - from clear, zesty white to deep dark red wine.

Our tasting this month consists of four noble white wines and four noble red wines and our challenge to you is to try and identify the grape variety of each wine. There are bonus points if you can identify the country of origin and retail bottle price of each wine!

To aid your detective, tasting-skills we have included a list of the 9 noble white grapes and 9 noble red grapes along with a brief generic tasting profile of each variety.

Try all 8 wines for £25.00 per head including light nibbles.