Wine Tasting Party Secrets

Most wine lovers

Most wine lovers, at some point, have taken the opportunity to participate in a
wine tasting. In many cases, the tastings were sponsored by a commercial winery.
Sometimes local merchants who sell wine will have a tasting. Even cruise lines
have wine tastings on many cruises. However, did you know that it's quite
possible to turn your home bar, or wine bar, into a very professional wine
tasting event! Of course your wine tasting doesn't necessarily have to be
"professional", but i'm sure you'd like it to be authentic and fun. This article
will provide some keys to a successful wine tasting.
Home wine tasings should be rather small gatherings. Anywhere from 4-8 friends
is perfect. Tell your friends to each bring a bottle of wine in a specific price
range. Now, there are two schools of thought on the types of wine to bring. Some
wine tastings feature all of the same type of wine, a Merlot, for example. Other
tastings feature a variety of different types of wines. The single type of wine
tasting is not as challenging to the taste buds, and therefore a better choice
for an amateur event.
Certainly, you want your wine tasting to go as smoothly as possible.
Consequently, preparation is the key. Definitely have a quality wine opener on
hand. It's well worth the investment to purchase a heavy duty commercial opener.
They are fast and effortless, and seldom damage the cork. They also are much
more durable then standard corkscrews. A good, modestly priced opener has two
prongs that slide down the cork and help ease the cork out of the bottle has you
twist. Also, make sure you have a wine bucket handy with ice, or an electric
wine chiller, in case one of your guest brings a wine that needs chilling. A
wine cart is a terrific way to present all the bottles, and even serve the
guests as it moves around the room.
Make sure that you number the bottles and disguise the labels. Have appropriate
stemware on hand for the type of wine you're serving. Instruct your guests to
evaluate the wines using a 3 step process. First, have them look at the clarity
and color. Wine should have an appealing look.After all, presentation is
everything! Next, they should smell the wine. Try to get your guest's first
impressions, as they are always the most accurate. Wine aromas change the longer
they meet with the air. Have your guests inhale deeply and describe what they
smell. Finally, have them taste the wine. The glasses should be no more than 1/8
full. Have them roll the wine evenly around their mouths, taking in a little
air. Air can enhance the flavors.
It's interesting to note that when evaluating the wines, your guests will seldom
show a consensus on which wine is "best" .Remember, this process demonstrates
that we all have different tastes. There are no "right" or "wrong" judgements.
The rating system is simple. The wines are scored on a 1-10 basis, with 10 being
the highest. Add up the scores for each wine and divide it by the number of
tasters. The highest average wins.
Wine tastings at home are not only fun, but they give you the opportunity to
show off your wine furniture and wine carts. Also, they keep you experimenting,
and this process will always introduce you to new "favorites.

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