Over the years, I’ve written a number of articles on improving our wine tasting skills, including Fine Tuning Your Wine Tasting Skills. One of the most important things I’ve learned is how critical it is to slow down. And I mean really slow down. We go so fast in our daily lives that we barely know which end is up. Today we’re going to explore improving our wine tasting skills once again, this time with a focus on slowing down the tasting process.Read MORE
I hope you had a fantastic Halloween. I thought this holiday was as good an occasion as any to test a basic rule of wine: the rule about pairing wine with dessert. At the two tastings I led this week, I had my hosts put out candy, in addition to the normal wine tasting foods, and I asked the guests to try each candy with each wine. Please continue reading to see what we discovered. [Read more…]
You’re having friends over for a rollicking evening of wine tasting. Each person or couple is bringing their favorite bottle. The big question is: How do you determine the best wine tasting order? This article will walk you through the things that are helpful to think about to truly nail your wine tasting order.
Please keep in mind that everything in this article is a guideline. If you want to start with Cabernet and finish up with Chardonnay, be my guest. But know that the tastes of certain wines are likely to diminish or damage the tastes of the wines that follow. I recommend following a few simple rules to get the very best wine tasting order – and the very best wine tasting experience. [Read more…]
This week, I’m delighted to share WineShop At Home winemaker Alex Reble’s blog on wine mythology. Alex does a great job of allaying fears that arise from stories we read. I hope you enjoy his article as much as I did. [Read more…]
How often do you try a wine and say to yourself, I bet that will be better in a year or two? How often do you try a wine and say, wow, I wish I had drunk that wine two years ago? It’s a wee bit past its prime. Today, we’re going to tackle the age-old question of figuring out when a wine is at its peak. [Read more…]