Have you attended a wine tasting recently? Wine tasting events are popular fund raisers in my neck of the woods. A number of community organizations host wine tastings as fund raisers for worthy causes. Local wine purveyors arrange for wine vendors to showcase a variety of wines for the attendees to sample. Local restaurants and caterers donate a variety of tasty appetizers and finger foods. At some there are silent auctions and raffles as well. It makes for an evening of fun and community, all for a good cause.
These wine tasting events can be a terrific opportunity to broaden your appreciation for a variety of wines. It is helpful to have a strategy when you attend a wine tasting so you can make the most of the opportunity as well as enjoy the wines.
Five Tips to Make The Most of A Wine Tasting
2. Research the wine varieties you have chosen as your focus before you go. What are the key characteristics of the wine you should look for? What flavors will dominate? If you know what to look for in the wines you will taste you will have a more rewarding experience. The Internet has a wealth of information available.
3. Eat something. Yes, you should eat before you go. Attending a wine tasting on an empty stomach is unwise. Eat while you are there as well. I like to sample the wine with food. After all, I rarely drink wine all by itself. I like to assess a wine's flavors along with a variety of appetizers.
5. Decide whether you will drink the wine or taste and spit. It is often recommended that you taste the wine and spit it out. I suppose that would work, but it's not an approach I use. If you don't spit out the wine you'll definitely want to moderate your consumption. Drinking water throughout the evening is helpful as well.
Wine tastings provide a great opportunity to sample a number of wines side by side. This is hard to do in a home setting, so take advantage of these opportunities in your community. Your community organization will benefit from your support and you will benefit from an expanded appreciation of different wines.
Here are some other wine tasting posts you may enjoy:
Chardonnay Wine Tasting
A Fun Way to Try Red Zinfandel Wine