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FOUR TIPS FOR TASTING WINE

A proper tasting includes:

  • Pour the wine at an appropriate temperature.
  • Use quality glassware that allows you to effectively look and taste wine.
  • Taste in an environment which is free from extremes (i.e. temp/smells/strong food or perfumes etc.)
  • Take notes for future reference.

FOOD & WINE PAIRINGS TIPS

Pair Sweet Foods with Sweeter Wines
Wine that's equally or less sweet than the food can make the combination taste sour.

Pair Rich Foods with Full-Bodied or Crisp Wines
Full-bodied wines complement rich foods, while crisp wines cut through the fat and provide a tasty contrast.

Pair Light Foods with Light Wines
Neither the food nor the wine overpowers the flavors or textures of the other.

Pair Spicy Foods with Sweet or Light Wines
The acid in light wine and the sugar in sweet wine cool the fire of the dish.

Pair Strongly Flavored Foods with Bold Wines
Neither the food nor the wine overpowers the flavors or textures of the other.

 

Red Wine Pairing Chart

 

White & Rosé Wine Pairing Chart

GLASSWARE

Have appropriate glassware for the types of wine you will be serving.

  • White wine tends to be served in tulip shaped glasses
  • Red wines are served in rounded and larger bowl glasses

A suitable all-purpose wine glass should hold 1o ounces, be transparent, and have a slight curve at the top.


WINE TEMPERATURES

Red wines are typically served at below normal room temperature (14c - 18c), while white wines are served slightly chilled (10c-12c)

White and Rosé wine, place it in the refrigerator for 2 hours to chill properly.  If the wine has been in the refrigerator for some time, remove it 20 minutes before serving.

Sparkling wine should be chilled.  Served directly from the refrigerator, or place in an ice bucket.  Never put a sparkling wine bottle in the freezer.

If you don't have enough refrigerator space, place the bottle in an ice bucket filled with water and ice for about 20 minutes


HOW MUCH WINE TO BUY

  • Determine the number or guests that will be coming to your event
  • Number of guests x number of hours = number of servings
  • Once you know the number of servings you will need, you can calculate the amount of wine to purchase

750ml Bottle = 5 Servings

1.5L Bottle = 10 Servings


ENJOY YOUR WINE!