Wine is for everyone – the rich, the poor and all the people buying houses on HGTV. One of the best ways to experience new wines is to check out wine festivals like the upcoming Virginia Wine Expo or James River Wine Festival. Like your favorite song, wine is completely personal. Why you like a certain type of wine, or what you taste in it is completely up to you, they’re your taste buds after all – no one can ever tell you what you do and don’t taste. Or, no one can tell you you’re lame for liking the overplayed Ke$ha song. Face it, some mornings you just want to wake up feeling like P. Diddy. On that note, here are some tips that will help you enjoy and describe wine, whether you’re at a wine festival, at home or at a Fan restaurant.
Legs – While legs were important to the success of Tina Turner’s career, they don’t necessarily mean a wine is better than any other. Swirl your wine in the glass – some wines form “legs” that go down the glass. Previously, I thought that “good legs” meant “good wine”. Wrong! Legs are just a phenomenon caused by the surface tension of the wine and the evaporation rate of the wine’s alcohol. Legs have nothing to do with a wine’s quality.
Use a white background – when describing the color of wine, hold it up to a white background to determine the true color. Chardonnays might have a blue-ish tone if you hold it up to your friend’s aqua shirt.
Don’t be smelly – Your Chanel No. 5 or Stetson might make you smell delightful, but strong scents can get in the way when you’re trying to smell wine. Smelling wine can be a great way to identify some of its ingredients. Call me old-fashioned but I don’t think I’d be too fond of Axe-infused Merlot.
Buy a bottle – Intrigued by a bottle of wine at a restaurant? Buy a bottle – you don’t have to drink it all in one setting. In Virginia, you can re-cork your wine and drive it home to enjoy later.
Whether you’re going to the Virginia Wine Expo or to the Olive Garden, I hope you enjoy a great bottle of wine. By the way, if you can track it down, the Sunday, February 21 issue of the Richmond Times-Dispatch has a $5 Expo coupon. Whatever you do, have a glass of wine tonight!
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By Kristina Headrick Amongst hordes of wine loving Virginians, I was lucky enough to to attend the 6th Annual Wine Expo this past Saturday. Hosted at the massive Greater Richmond Convention Center, the event benefited FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core hunger relief organization. More than a collection of wineries, the event featured vendors selling specialty foods, art, [...]