Wine Tasting & Pairing
How to taste #wine properly and pair with practically anything.
When you work in hospitality and service, you pretty much give up the idea of celebrating an official holiday ever again. Instead, you make up time when you can and it becomes liberating to live off-piste: Sundays and Mondays are the weekends, holidays are times when you work hard and make money, and (if you want to have a real holiday tradition) you create your own adventure (off-season).
The age of exploration was an era of endless prosperity and treachery for humanity (sound familiar?). Fortified wines became the wine of the day because they were extremely resilient on long sea journeys. What’s interesting about all of this is that production techniques for making fortified wines haven’t really changed since they were perfected in the 1700s.
The vast majority of imbibers allocate their wine drinking to winter. This statement isn’t just an assumption, it’s true. Over 90% of search traffic around the topic of wine (in the Northern Hemisphere) happens from November to January. So, if you’re researching wine any other time of year, consider yourself in the top 90th percentile of people interested in wine. Now that we’ve confirmed you’re a real wine enthusiast, let’s talk about which red wines are fun to drink during the summer!
Wine flights are an excellent way to quickly master in the art of wine tasting. Tasting wines side-by-side reveals the subtle differences that you might have otherwise missed, which is why the experience is so educationally compelling. In the wine business, we call this style of tasting “comparative tasting,” and organize the practice so that each participant is to bring one bottle based on a specific theme (to share the cost).
Understandably, we’re in need of comfort. Comfort that goes beyond sweaters, binge-watching YouTube, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes. We need wine. While we’re not quite ready for Cabernet Sauvignon, Sagrantino, or Tannat to carry us through winter, we need something more to get us through shorter days and all this…
Regardless of how you found your way into wine, you’re here now! Thank goodness. Of course, wine drinking is very much a journey itself, and it’s quite likely that your wine palate will change over time. You’ve probably already experienced a “taste revolution” once in your life. For example, remember how you once loved strawberry milk, but now prefer coffee?
Because you’re too old for candy anyway. And so are we. Not to mention, there are plenty of wines that will satisfy your sweet tooth. (See: Serious Sweet Wines, and Port Pairings, and Ice Wine, please.) So instead eating sweets, sip along with one of these 13 classic flicks and get your heart pulsing this Halloween. Submitted for your approval: Scary good horror movie wine pairings to consume in-between all your candy dispensing.
We’re not just wine geeks at Wine Folly, we’re beer geeks, too! Why wouldn’t we love beer? Much like wine, there’s a rich history behind the drink, endless variations and styles, and countless flavor compounds to sift through. Also, most importantly, it just tastes good. Like, really good. If you’re a beer drinker looking to make the jump from the taproom to the tasting room—or a wine drinker looking to do vice versa—this is the read for you.
It’s no secret that interest in wine is growing. Maybe you like wine for the implied health benefits (i.e. keto friendly, antioxidants, etc). Or, perhaps you just love rosé! Whatever the reason, one issue many newcomers struggle with is consistently choosing wines they love. This is particularly true with red wines because, stylistically speaking, they’re very diverse. So, here are four good red wines that aim to please.
Most of us aren’t even aware that there is a slowly-evolving list of “Classic Wines.” Knowing these wines will greatly improve blind tasting skills. Classic Wines are used to learn about wine. So, if you’re looking to improve your knowledge quickly, this is a great place to start!
Finding wine flavors actually isn’t that easy. Sure, it’s simple to swallow wine, but that isn’t exactly the point! Wine is unique because it requires high dexterity in your sense of smell and taste. What’s interesting is that smell and taste are two of our least valued observational skills.
These wine tips cover some of the stranger bits of language and etiquette used by wine connoisseurs. Come to think of it, the world of wine is full of weird quirks. For example, have you ever watched a bunch of elegant wine drinkers spit out hundreds of dollars worth of wine? (This is very common at professional tastings!) So, here are 10 wine tips that’ll help you fake it ’til you make it.
Important question: which wines match best with those lazy days (and nights) spent binge watching TV? Let’s throw the seriousness to the curb – the time has come to try a new pairing theme: wine and TV shows! The ultimate TV binge actually has very little to do with wine tasting. A good wine tasting requires concentration and some introspection: neither of which are synonymous with mindlessly soaking up hours of Netflix. But we’re human, so let’s give this a try.
There’s an amazing wealth of extraordinary Italian white wines out there that can rock your world as well as quench your thirst. Sadly, most are super undervalued or completely overlooked. But savvy wine consumers can take advantage of that! Let’s take a look at some great Italian white wines that deserve their day in the sun.
Learn how to taste wine with 4 basic steps. The following wine tasting tips are practiced by sommeliers to refine their palates and sharpen their ability to recall wines. Even though this method is used by pros, it’s actually quite simple to understand and can help anyone to improve their wine palate.