Wine 101

July 29, 2009 | By | Comments (0)

Winecountry I just returned from a long, relaxing weekend in the
Napa Valley area and I’m still trying to sort
through all the wonderful information I found while visiting numerous
vineyards and cellars. My family and I stayed in Yountville, a quaint town with fantastic culinary
cuisine located in the middle of wine country. I wanted to share a few basic
tips I discovered in Wine 101.

Five Wine Tips for Dummies… like myself

1.  When you have a freshly poured glass of wine in front of
you don’t start swirling a swishing it around. Let it sit for a second then take
a little whiff around the middle of the glass. Swirl it a bit and smell
again.  The aromas are completely different.  It’s quite unique.  

2.  Try to nibble on a little bite of cracker or sip some
water in between the different wine selections. This will help cleanse your palate
so you can fully enjoy the next wine.

Wine

3.    Open a bottle of wine at least 30 minutes before you
serve to guests. This will give it a little time to breath.

 Grapes

4.   Unless you have a
wine refrigerator storing wine in the kitchen is a big “no no.” All the energy
and temperature fluctuation can ruin a good bottle. Look for a closet in the
middle of your house.

Winecountryman

 

5.   If you open a bottle of red and the smell doesn’t match
the taste then it’s bad. But don’t just throw it out make red wine vinegar!

 

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