Good wine makes a good occasion. For a beginner it might be hard to join in the conversations where the topic is about the finest or smooth wine. This is why you should be enlightened. Such conversation come in handy when in a party or dinner and you need to network or simply need to impress someone.
Getting Started with Wine Tasting
Learning to taste wine is no different than learning to really appreciate music or art in that the pleasure you receive is proportionate to the effort you make. The more you fine-tune your sensory abilities, the better you’re able to understand and enjoy the nuances and details that great wines express. The time and effort invested in palate training is rewarding—and very, very fun.
How to Taste Wine
The ability to sniff out and untangle the subtle threads that weave into complex wine aromas is essential for tasting. Try holding your nose while you swallow a mouthful of wine; you will find that most of the flavor is muted. Your nose is the key to your palate. Once you learn how to give wine a good sniff, you’ll begin to develop the ability to isolate flavors—to notice the way they unfold and interact—and, to some degree, assign language to describe them.
Good wine and good food go well together. The only problem is that not many people have mastered the art of pairing the two together.
Pairing red wine with food
Probably the first red wine that you drank in an Italian restaurant, Barbera goes well with tomato-based dishes and those from the North of Italy.
Fresh lasagne with pesto
Chicken casserole with red wine,ham &
So-simple spaghetti Bolognese
A global classic, Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be medium or full bodied, and is a great match to hearty dishes such as roast lamb and beef, and more complex dishes such as coq au vin.
Slow-roast lamb with cinnamon, fennel & citrus
Beef fillet with beetroot & horseradish
Coq au vin with plump prunes
As an adult most of times you enjoy taking your wine while having dinner but unfortunately there is someone who is watching you and they are getting mixed signals. First of all you say alcohol is bad and then you come home and drink it in front of them. What do you tell kids about your wine?
As parents we should start the “drink conversation” when children are nine or 10, says GP Dr Sarah Jarvis, medical adviser to Drinkaware. Answer their questions (‘Have you ever been drunk, Mum’; ‘Can I have a sip of your wine?’), while stressing that alcohol is for adults only and can be damaging to young bodies and brains. “If you engage in this kind of conversation at 11 they are more likely to accept what you say,” explains Dr Jarvis. “Don’t wait till 13 when they think they are already an adult and you know nothing.”
It’s also worth remembering that children do as we do, not as we say. So think before saying you’re desperate for a glass of wine after a hard day’s work, don’t let them overhear stories of drunken nights out, and set a good example with your own consumption (a sobering survey by Drinkaware last month revealed that nearly half of all children aged 10 to 14 had seen their parents drunk).
“I think we all need to be more careful what we say and do in front of children,” says Dr Jarvis. “It’s strange how parents worry so much about children at secondary school and issues like bullying, but they don’t worry about alcohol. They should.”