As you might agree there is nothing more about sharing love with your friends, family or your dear clients than food and wine. It could be around a dinner in restaurant or to your place, or just around a party, in fact it could be wherever you want but in any case there is food and wine to share.

So why not try to improvise a wine tasting party at your place?

Of course I will be more than happy to organize everything for you if you want it but here I want to share some tips to help you to organize it by yourself!

The nicest thing with wine that you can speak about it from every point you want:

Same AOC, or same grapes from different wine makers.Pros: Help you to find out the influence of the wine maker, and of the “terroir”. It is quite easy to find wines for this kind of tasting.\nCons: There is no really inconvenient here, just choose carefully the AOC you want to try otherwise it can cost you a kidney!
Same wine from different vintages.Pros: Help you to find out the influence of the climate, so the vintage and the age on the wine. It is very good to do it with wines from the old world, as the climate is not as predictable as the new world’s climate.Cons: It is very complicate in England to find the same wine with different vintages as wine merchant usually stock wines from the same vintage.
In this case you just can compare grapes to grapes, it is easy to do choose Syrah (from Côtes de Rhône, Australia, and from pays d’Oc) or Sauvignon blanc from Loire Valley, different New Zealand’s areas, and from Australia… Pros: Very easy to find wines, not expensive at all, I think it is the best choice to do for your first tasting. It helps you to understand all the characteristics of each grape. Choose aromatics grape like Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz or Malbec.

 

Whatever the tasting you choose the rules to follow are still the same:

1. Cristal glasses : a. Big : Your nose has to fit in. b. Clean: Do not clean with soap or polish it properly. c. Cristal is the perfect material, but it could be in glass or cristallin. d. With a foot. 2. White napkin to look at the color. 3. Paper to write your description
1. Champagne: 7° 2. White wine/Rosé: 10° to 13° 3. Complex White Wine: 16° 4. Red Wine: 13° to 18° 5. Dessert wine/Port: 16°
Serve from the lightest to the heaviest wine: 1. White wine/brut champagne: Light body 2. Complex white wine/Vintage champagne/light red wine: Medium body 3. Red wine/port/dessert wine: Full body

Now there are 4 Steps to taste wine: Look, Smell, drink and have fun…The secret of a nice tasting is to not take it too seriously.

It could be Clear, net or shady. Colour is affected by age, if you want to find out more please visit Colourlovers White wine:  1. Yellow green 3. Yellow 4. Golden 5. Amber 6. Brown (oxydated) Red wine: 1. Purple 2. Ruby 9. Garnet red 10. Red brown 11. Mahogany 12. Brown (oxydated)
The more categories are expressed the more complex is the wine. But don’t forget the smell is about your memory. a. Fruity b. Floral c. Spicy d. Vegetal
The balance between each category defines the body of the wine. a. Acidity: High acidity=light body b. Tannin (not in the white wine): High tannin=full body c. Sweetness: High= full body d. Alcohol: High=full body

 

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