So we all enjoy a great bottle of wine, so why not invite a few friends over and sample some great vino together?
When tasting wine there are a number of basics that you need to know to get you started in the right direction. It really doesn’t matter if you’re blind tasting or not, I recommend sticking to some simple wine tasting principles:
1. Be sure to advise your guests to leave the cologne and perfume at home. Nothing gets in the way of enjoying the subtle nose on a great bottle of wine than someone’s overpowering cologne or perfume.
2. No matter what time of year it is, you may not want to wear white. While it looks smashing, the all-white outfit offers the seemingly magnetic attraction to the inevitable red wine splashes. White is for tablecloths; keep the light-colored clothes at home.
3. While scented candles, potpourri and big stinky stogies have their place, it’s not in at a wine tasting. It’s best to keep extraneous scents to a minimum. The amazing food to be enjoyed with the wine should be more than enough to keep your nose busy.
4. Keep everyone hydrated and have snacks available. It’s easy to get lost in the great wine and end up three sheets to the wind without even trying. Be sure your guests have an ample supply of water and simple hors d’oeuvres to counteract the effects of the alcohol. Water is your friend, consume it in large quantities.
5. Glassware matters. Especially with red wine, be sure to use glasses of a tulip or stovepipe shape. The smaller top and more voluminous bowl will concentrate the aromas making their way to your nose for a bigger presence.
6. Stay loose and keep an open mind. While a guest’s reference to a nice glass of Riesling smelling like a barbie doll’s head might seem bizarre and odd, it could really be right on the money. Don’t be judgmental, just listen, share, and you will inevitably learn more about wine, your guests and surely end up having a great time!
And remember, few things are better than sharing an evening and a great bottle of wine or three with good friends.