Featured Post: The Basics of Wine Tasting: How to Properly Taste Wine in Five Easy Steps

Jul 25, 13 Featured Post: The Basics of Wine Tasting: How to Properly Taste Wine in Five Easy Steps

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You know how to drink wine, but do you really know how to taste it? If you’re a novice wine taster, you may not realise that there is actually a complex process involved in helping you appreciate what you are drinking, and it’s important to master this if you are to demonstrate the right etiquette at those all important wine tasting events. The main thing to remember, to ensure that you experience the true flavour of a wine, is that you must sip it while paying full attention to your senses of sight, smell, touch and taste. Remember that your taste awareness is restricted to salty, sweet, sour and bitter and that it’s this mixture of smell and taste that allows you to tell the difference between flavours. There’s more to it than this though, so how do you go about tasting and assessing a glass of wine? Follow our six basic wine tasting tips below and start tasting like a pro… 1. Holding your wine glass: Did you know that there is a specific way of holding your wine glass? Professional wine tasters hold their glass by the stem and not by its bowl because heat coming from their hands will make the wine warm, which will negatively affect their results. 2. Looking at your wine: Hold the glass by the stem; tilt the glass slightly, pour approximately an inch of wine into it and take a look into it either against a white surface or by holding it up to the light. Check to see if the colour of the wine is clear or cloudy. If it’s dark, this is an indication that the flavour of the wine will be more intense. Younger red wines usually have a bright-raspberry colour, whereas older red wines might have a mahogany to brick-like colour. If the wine has traces of cork or sediment in it or appears brown, this will give you a hint as to how old it is because as wine ages it tends to go brown (a natural sign of oxidation). When looking at white wines, check to...

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Judging for the Skyscanner 2012 Airline Wine awards

Oct 04, 12 Judging for the Skyscanner 2012 Airline Wine awards

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Earlier this week I was invited up to Edinburgh, Scotland by the Skyscanner people to take part in a blind tasting to judge the best Economy airline wines. Being a frequent flier, I was intrigued to see how the airline wines stacked up against each other. Truth be told, when I’m flying, all I want it a drinkable wine, the wine tasting part of my brain turns off and I try not to thing about the red wine I’m glugging down with my beef stew and rice. For those of you unfamiliar with Skyscanner, it’s a price comparison flight/travel site. I like Skyscanner a lot and they are my first port of call whenever I’m looking for flights online when I’m planning my holidays. I know it’s sounds like I’m pitching for them but I’ve been using them for the past few years and I’m always happy with the flights their search engines finds for me and usually buy via their site. So, I was pleased when they asked me to participate in the judging. Although we didn’t get to taste at altitude, we were on the 5th floor of the Point Hotel Conference Venue  which has a lovely view of Edinburgh Castle. Tom Cannavan was the judging leader/host and he gave us a few pointers as to what to look for when judging these wines. Mostly, we were looking for wines that were expressive and aromatic. I’ve heard that wine changes a lot up in the air and that wines that are full of fruit and body do best up there, nevertheless, it was with some trepidation that I came along to judge the wines. We tasted through the Whites first. It was a blind tasting and the wines came in a variety of packaging, from Tetra-Pak, to plastic 35 mls to standard 750 mls bottles. I have to admit the first wine we tried was very good indeed. It certainly got my attention. After that, the wines ranged from good quality to non-descript...

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sampling 100 year old port straight from the barrel

[vodpod id=Groupvideo.11234628&w=450&h=325&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] 1st collector for sampling 100 year old port straight from the ba…Follow my videos on vodpod Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Chatting with Etienne Hugel & his fab gewurztraminer

Back before I really knew anything about wine, I do remember scanning the shelves of my local wine shop and the the striking yellow label. No, I’m not talking about Yellow Tail, I’m talking about the yellow label from Alsace, Hugel’s yellow label. The house of Hugel has been making wine in Alsace since 1639, I don’t even know if Australia had been found yet by Capt. Cook or whoever it was that stumbled upon that continent but Hugel were making their rieslings and gewurztraminers way back then. I grabbed  the 12th generation of Hugel to be running the family firm, the charming and amusing Etienne Hugel, at the recent Fells Portfolio tasting in central London for a quick chat. Although Etienne had the entire range on display and I did try a  fair few of them, we compared notes on  what Etienne considers to be Alsace’s and his family’s flagship wine, the Hugel gewurztraminer. Here we are chatting about the latest vintage and the difference between young and old gewurz… [viddler id=9fe1ae3d&w=437&h=392] Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Friendly gruner veltliner

I’ve got a few more videos left from the London International Wine Fair. I know it may seem like they’ll never stop coming but just one or two left. Some people complain that the show is too big, too much, too impersonal but I always have a great time and meet great people. I’ve had the Friendly Gruner Veltliner before, at Bibendum’s tasting at the Saatchi Gallery a few months ago, but here I had the opportunity to speak with the winemaker himself, Laurenz Maria Moser V. As you might be able to tell by the V., Laurenz is a descendent of the famous Lenz Moser clan of Austria. His grandfather was the legendary Professor Doctor Laurenz Moser III, who invented the Lenz Moser Hocherziehung trellising system now used all over Austria. Laurenz decided to branch out a few years ago and focus entirely on gruner veltliner. His goal is to produce “elegant and charming” wines, wines that are subtle and elegant yet still retain the spiciness that gruner is known for without losing it’s playful edge.  To that end, he is currently producing 3 different wines, the Friendly, Charming and Sunny Gruner Veltliners along with the Silver Bullet, a biodynamic gruner like no other. I had a quick chat and tasting with the very elegant and charming Laurenz himself…. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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