Wine tasting can be incredibly fun. Getting together with good friends. Trying new wines. Having some wine-friendly food that makes the wine taste even better. Telling stories. Learning from one another. Laughing a lot. Enjoying the whole wine tasting experience. So the big question is: Are there some things you can do to get even more out of your wine tasting experience? In this article, I’ll suggest four helpful tips for optimizing your wine tasting experience. [Read more…]
When you bring friends together for an evening of wine tasting, do you ever struggle with the order you choose to serve the wines? This article is intended to help you through those rough 🙂 times, so you can feel more confident and relaxed about your wine tasting.
The reality is you can drink your wine in any order. But the tastes of certain wines will diminish or damage the tastes of the wines that follow. So following a few simple rules to get your wine tasting order right (or at least close) is your safest bet. Recognize that when food is involved, these rules are likely to be broken. Have no fear. Breaking the rules is fine, even when food isn’t involved.
Everyone knows that you’re supposed to taste wine in a pretty strict, classical order: White to red. Light to heavy. Dry to sweet. There’s lots of variety within this prescripted hierarchy. But overall, we rarely challenge the common wisdom of this wine tasting order. Well, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I love to challenge conventional wine knowledge. And if you’re new to my blog, I hope I can open your mind to some new wine rules (in my mind, rules are guidelines).
As with wine and food pairing, when it comes to wine tasting order, rules are meant to be broken, whether intuitively or intentionally. [Read more…]