A Night In France

My Story

​Wine tasting is hugely subjective. The brain creates our perception of flavour based on an array of sensory stimuli and shifting experiential frames... No two people will experience it in exactly the same way.

 

Yet, the dogmatic way wine is often talked about creates a false impression of objective truth and with it, an unnecessary barrier: "I love wine but I don't know anything about it", goes the familiar refrain. But it needn’t feel so esoteric.  The reign of the wine bore is over.

My approach is inspired by insights from perceptual psychology and neuroscience, creating a space to tune into the senses, putting the focus on you and your palate, as much as the wine itself. This is at the heart of my philosophy of 'Sensory Self-Discovery'.

I bring this to life through my experiential "Night In" wine products, my multi-sensory events and unique virtual tastings.

I'm also excited to now offer a curated selection of wines focused on independent and organic producers, each with an interesting story to tell. I sell the type of wines I love to drink myself, and scout for ones which over-deliver at their price point. 

 

In 2021 I completed the WSET Diploma in Wine, and I was particularly proud to achieve a distinction in each practical blind tasting assessment.

I love sharing my passion for wine, helping to demystify it, kill off the wine snob, and empower and inspire people in their exploration and appreciation of wine. I hope you'll join me for a multi-sensory journey through your palate, and your mind!

Sophie Griffiths, DipWSET

Founder & Director, Vignette Wine Ltd

Vignette /vin'yet/ 

1. A frame that draws attention to the centre.

2. A brief but powerful scene.

From the Middle French vignete, the diminutive form of the noun vigne, meaning "vine": an illustration of vine tendrils around the borders of a page.

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SENSORY SELF-DISCOVERY

Build out your sense memory by deep diving into different flavours and aromas. The olfactory system is highly 'plastic', meaning you can strengthen the neural pathways involved in detecting and recognising aromas

PALATE PERSONAS

What kind of taster are you? Sensory physiology varies hugely from one person to the next. Discover surprising things you never knew about your palate including whether or not you’re a “Super-taster” - and what that really means!

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Cut through the wine-bore nonsense and experience for yourself the basics of food pairing: see how your palate responds to sweet, umami, bitter, sour, salty in the context of different wines.

SENSORY ILLUSIONS

Reckon you can tell a white from a red while blind-folded? Take an astonishing journey into your mind and your senses, exploring just how much our senses work together to construct our subjective reality.

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CROSS-MODALISM

Cross-modalism shows us how our senses do not work independently of one another. Instead, sounds can impact taste, vision can impact hearing and many other fascinating interactions. We often pair wine with food, but how about multi-sensory stimuli?

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CONSTRUCTING REALITY

As we understand more about the brain, we begin to see how reality is as much a function of outside in, as inside out. We don't passively perceive the world, we actively generate it, in an active, constructive process. 

 
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