Basic Wine Tasting Etiquette – Part 2

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Basic Wine Tasting Etiquette

Explore what tastes good when pairing wine with a meal. You may be surprised by food and wine pairings that you discover. Be a little adventurous, and try new things!
Get to know the wine clerks and stewards in your favorite stores or restaurants. These people will enjoy talking about wine with you, give you great recommendations and let you know about sales.
Allow your wine to breathe before drinking it. Placing your wine in a lovely decanter is a great way to do this. Pour some wine in the container. Let it sit for around 10 minutes. If you want to see the difference it makes you can go ahead and take a swig right from the bottle. There should be a pretty big difference between the two.
Champagne is more versatile than you may think. Many times, people think champagne is meant for special occasions, such as for a toast. In reality, champagne is great with a lot of foods. Your palate will be cleansed by the light, bubbly flavor. Champagne can be great with salty foods.
Wine tastings broaden your wine horizons. Make it a habit to go to as many tastings as you can. This is an excellent way to discover new wines and learn more. If you intend on consuming the wine and not just tasting it, make sure that you bring a sober driver.
Sake is a wine often overlooked by wine drinkers. Sake originated in Japan and is labeled as a rice wine. You can easily serve a good sake with entrees, appetizers or desserts. Serve some with stir-fry in appropriate glasses for a Japanese-themed meal.
If you are dining at a fine dining establishment, it is not necessary to order the most expensive wine on the menu. However, many waiters know that customers will not want to look cheap by getting whatever wine is cheapest. Sometimes, they will suggest one of the cheaper wines but not the least expensive. Don’t feel obligated; simply get what you can afford, and you will probably enjoy it.
There are many great wines that can be paired with delicious meals. If certain foods can be enhanced with pepper, then you can get a red wine with a peppery flavor. Would butter or lemon work? If so, choose wines with the appropriate undertone. This way you’ll always have a lovely pairing.
Keeping a notebook to take down notes with is handy when you try different wines. This will give you insight about your palette, and it can help you choose wines that you will enjoy. Keep a small tablet and pen with you to write things down.
Now that you know more about wine, you see the ways it can help you. Now it is simply a matter of putting this information to good use. You’ll now be able to wow your friends and family with your new found knowledge.

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