- Learn and use a logical system for tasting and evaluating wine. It will help you remember, describe and classify the wines that you taste. You’ll no longer be at a loss for words to describe the wines you like. You’ll also be better able to remember which wines you like and why you like them. This helps you make better choices for yourself when buying or ordering wine. By mastering a basic wine vocabulary, you’ll also be and sound more knowledgeable so you can engage in conversation with wine connoisseurs and learn from them.
- Understand the different expressions on a wine label. While it is impossible to learn all the different items on all wine labels in one class, knowing the meaning of some basic expressions will go a long way. When you want to order or buy a wine that you haven’t tasted before, you’ll be able to ask intelligent questions about what matters most to you and even make educated guesses about how a wine will taste.
- Learn about the classical red and white grape varieties, experience and understand their differences. When you taste wines side-by-side, their differences become apparent. That’s the best way to gain hands-on experience and understand what distinguishes Chardonnay from Sauvignon Blanc or Syrah from Cabernet Sauvignon. This works best when the tasting is led by someone who can choose wines that offer classic expressions of the relevant grapes and articulate their differences.
- Explore the basic principles of food and wine pairing. Food and wine interact in a way that alters the taste of both. While the perfect pairing is a personal preference, there are some common combinations that please (or offend) a majority of people. For example, our perception of an orange’s sweetness changes when eaten after having a spoonful of honey, even though in absolute terms the taste of the orange has stayed the same. Likewise, a wedge of lime tastes less sour with salt. Knowing how the food and wine’s components interact with each other will help you make better pairings and avoid those that are unpleasant to most people.
- Develop a plan for venturing away from the safe wine that you always drink. When you know why you like certain wines, it becomes easier and more fun to experiment with new wines while minimizing the risk that you’ll be disappointed.
Cost: $75 including all materials and wines to be tasted.
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Wine 101 on Thursday, May 26th, 2016 (6:30pm – 8:30pm)
Location: Stir Cafe, 16400 Dallas Pkwy #111, Dallas, TX 75248