Wine Tasting

Written by daniella

Wine Tasting Component I: Look

The first step you have to undertake in wine tasting is visual. 1. Fill uprepparttar glass up to 1/3 of its volume; never fill it more than half; 2. Holdrepparttar 147484 glass byrepparttar 147485 stem. Initially you may find this too pretentious but there are good reasons for it: а) by doing it this way you can actually observerepparttar 147486 wine in it; b) this will keep your fingerprints offrepparttar 147487 bowl; в)repparttar 147488 heat from your palm will not changerepparttar 147489 temperature ofrepparttar 147490 wine. There’s a good saying by one ofrepparttar 147491 greatest French wine lovers, Emil Painot: Offer someone a glass of wine and you can immediately tell whether he/she is a connoisseur byrepparttar 147492 way they holdrepparttar 147493 glass.” Even though you may not think of yourself as a connoisseur, you could still learn how to holdrepparttar 147494 wine glass. 3. Focus onrepparttar 147495 color intensity andrepparttar 147496 transparency ofrepparttar 147497 liquid. a)repparttar 147498 color ofrepparttar 147499 wine, and more specifically its nuances, are best observed on a white background. б)repparttar 147500 wine’s intensity is best judged by holdingrepparttar 147501 glass without slanting it and looking atrepparttar 147502 liquid from above; 4. Next comesrepparttar 147503 swirling ofrepparttar 147504 glass. This can also seem too pretentious or even dangerous if you have a full glass or a white top. But this movement is important since it prepares you forrepparttar 147505 next step in wine tasting –repparttar 147506 Taste. The easiest way to swirlrepparttar 147507 glass is to place it on a table or other even surface, and to swirl your hand while holdingrepparttar 147508 glass byrepparttar 147509 stem. Swirl hard and haverepparttar 147510 wine almost touchrepparttar 147511 rim ofrepparttar 147512 glass. Then stop. The wine leaves tiny traces with irregular shapes onrepparttar 147513 inside ofrepparttar 147514 glass. Some “experts” then read them with as much zeal as coffee-tellers. The truth is however, that they are just an indicator forrepparttar 147515 quality ofrepparttar 147516 wine –repparttar 147517 more alcohol a wine has,repparttar 147518 more wine traces it forms. What doesrepparttar 147519 color ofrepparttar 147520 wine tell us? The wine’s color tells us many things about its character. First,repparttar 147521 color showsrepparttar 147522 grape variety. Let’s take two popular varieties as examples – cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir. Cabernet’s grapes are smaller, with a thicker and darker skin than those of pinot noir. As a result,repparttar 147523 color of wines made from cabernet sauvignon is usually described as violet to dark whilerepparttar 147524 color of wines made from pinot noir is associated with ruby. Second,repparttar 147525 color is influenced byrepparttar 147526 climatic conditions. A hot summer and dry fall result in ripe grapes, with a dark, intense color. A cold summer and rainy fall will produce undeveloped grapes with a lighter color. Third, wine-making practices also have an influence onrepparttar 147527 color of wine. For red wine,repparttar 147528 grapes are fermented withrepparttar 147529 skin. Sincerepparttar 147530 coloring agents are inrepparttar 147531 grape skin, and not inrepparttar 147532 juice,repparttar 147533 longerrepparttar 147534 process of maceration, i.e.repparttar 147535 longerrepparttar 147536 skin stays withrepparttar 147537 juice,repparttar 147538 darkerrepparttar 147539 wine color will be. Fourth,repparttar 147540 process of wine aging also has an influence onrepparttar 147541 color of wine. The young red wines are rich in coloring agents and that makes their color denser and fuller. Inrepparttar 147542 course of time chemical reactions take place inrepparttar 147543 bottle and a sediment is formed atrepparttar 147544 bottom. The wine’s color gets lighter and is often described as brick or amber. Let’s go through an example: you pour yourself a glass of red wine and after carefully observing it, you notice a full granite color, good density, and not so good transparency. What conclusions can you draw? Well, you can safely say thatrepparttar 147545 wine is: - from cabernet sauvignon grapes; - from a Southern region; - relatively young; - from a good yield; - thatrepparttar 147546 wine-maker has gone for a good long maceration. If you knowrepparttar 147547 wine, compare what you know with what you see: mayberepparttar 147548 wine has a very full color andrepparttar 147549 yield has been bad – this speaks of a good wine-making technique; or mayberepparttar 147550 wine is too pale for its age – this speaks for undeveloped grape or poor wine-making technique.

Product Review -- Gourmet to Go

Written by Altha Sood

This busy mom has her hands full in coordinating both her family duties and representing two businesses, Kat's Coffees & More and Gourmet to Go. Her personal website, "Go Buy Gourmet" is under construction and should be completed very soon. However, if you would like to contact her about business opportunities,repparttar product line(s) and/or gift ideas, you should email her at Marissa gladly sent me a nice sample packet of no-bake cheesecake mix flavored "French Vanilla Cinnamon". This item is fromrepparttar 147340 Kat's Coffees & More. As I love being inrepparttar 147341 kitchen cooking a variety of foods, I have always been hesitant to prepare no-bake or jello-type cheesecake mixes. However, I decided to expand my "taste buds" and added cheesecake to my Sunday dinner menu forrepparttar 147342 family. Believe it or not....the dessert was a hit! Everybody loved

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