We were chatting with our sommelier Antoine about the wine tasting Masterclasses he hosts every Friday in bridges’ wine cellar. This popular event presents a new theme every week and guests get to taste five different wines each time. Since the beginning almost two years ago he has presented an impressive number of themes and the best liked so far were the Full-bodied love’ and Original white wines. Given that the DIVINE wine cellar is home to over 330 labels from all major wine growing regions he is not afraid of running out of themes any time soon, though.
Most of the guests are wine lovers, people who know how to enjoy the good things in life. They are happy to ask questions and to share their experiences. Antoine also remarks that wine and yoga seem to go well together. After all, we are in Ubud, the yoga center of the world and the typical guest is not only a wine lover but a yoga lover as well. From this we follow that wine is a part of a healthy life style…of course when consumed with appreciation and moderation!
Antoine finds it interesting to observe the influence of culture and experience of the guests in their reactions to wine. This diversity makes the event so interesting for him as he is constantly learning from how people judge or react to a certain wine, depending on their own background. For example, the reaction of an Italian or an Australian to Pinot gris tends to strongly vary as this grape brings very different results in each country.
In the beginning, being a Frenchman, he used feel a little self conscious when doing a Masterclass on Australian wines to a fully Australian audience, explaining to them about their own wines in his ‘funny’ French accent. But he has grown more confident in this area as well and has learned to highly appreciate the New World wines. But still, it is only natural that for him, the son of a winemaker, it feels the easiest when talking about wines from his home country. These ‘French’ Masterclasses also tend to last a bit longer than the regular one hour as there is so much more to the workings of French wines as in other countries and the participants are eager to find out about that.
bridges’ commitment to all things wine has not gone unnoticed – the restaurant has repeatedly received the coveted Wine Spectator Award.