Wine tastings are all about TASTING and EXPERIENCING the wine. During a tasting, you do your best to turn off the outside world and focus on what’s in your glass – the look, the smell, the taste and the feel. But when preconceived notions intervene, you might narrow your focus and look only for the characteristics you like or dislike in a particular type of wine. During blind wine tastings, your preconceived notions can’t play a role, so you get to truly EXPERIENCE everything that’s going on in your glass. [Read more…]
Are you a fan of buttery, oaky Chardonnay? Are you a fan of a more subdued Chardonnay? Do you steer clear of Chardonnay altogether, because you don’t like the heavy butter, oak flavors?
Truth be told, Chardonnay comes in many shapes and sizes, from butter/oak bombs to crisp, clean, fruity wines. It’s helpful – and a lot of fun – to try a broad range of Chardonnays and decide which styles suit you best. [Read more…]
Saturday was this year’s celebration of OTBN, also known as Open That Bottle Night. What a wonderful night it was! [Read more…]
I’m very excited to have a guest post today from Jeff Nott, a serious wine enthusiast and a wonderful person. I’ve asked Jeff for a while to write an article for my blog, and I’m thrilled to share it with you now. His focus: saving wine for a special event. [Read more…]
Of the five senses, smell is the most acute. It is approx 1,000 times more sensitive than the sense of taste. As a result, what we taste is determined much more by what we smell than by what we actually taste. The approximate breakdown for food is 75% smell and 25% taste. For wine, the breakdown is probably closer to 90% smell and 10% taste. So let’s look at some ways to develop our wine sniffing skills. [Read more…]