Decanters may seem like superfluous (not to mention pricey) wine accessories that are more about pomp and ceremony than actual utility, but decanters do, in fact, serve a technical purpose that can alter a wine considerably and make your wine drinking experience more enjoyable.
Besides their ability to instantly dress up your table, decanters are useful when you’re popping the cork on a wine that is very young and tannic, or alternatively, a wine from an older vintage that has a good amount of age on it and has deposited a lot of sediment. Decanting also oxygenates a wine, letting it bloom, so to speak, and allowing its aromas and flavors to emerge and develop to their fullest expression. (more…)
Editor’s Note: Why is stemware shaped differently? How does a glass affect the way a wine tastes? Can your wine glass improve your drinking experience? Menuism’s Wine Expert Etty Lewensztain introduces you to the various types of stemware, when each should be used, and why. (more…)
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Inclement weather gives way to bursts of sun during the month of March, inspiring us to look forward to the coming of summer. March also happens to be Pinot Noir Month. So, how does a single variety of grape deserve a whole month of appreciation? Perhaps it’s because pinot noir is the perfect complement to spring. (more…)
Wine etiquette has come a long way. In the first installment of wine etiquette FAQs, I wrote about the dos and don’ts of drinking wine in restaurants, covering everything from sniffing corks and sending wine back when it’s spoiled, to bringing your own bottle and letting the sommelier pre-screen your wine for flaws.
This second edition of in the Wine Etiquette FAQ series is all about the rules of the game when sipping vino at wine tasting events. Read on to learn about when to spit or swallow, how to control your alcohol intake at large wine tastings, and which wine tasting faux pas you should avoid at all costs. (more…)
Editor’s Note: Etty Lewensztain first made her mark on The Menuism Blog last fall with the debut of her monthly column, featuring practical tips to help wine lovers enhance their wine drinking experiences. Now we’d like to welcome you to the first installment of Etty’s new monthly video series, which is–you guessed it!–all about vino. (more…)
When it comes to food or drink, it’s always fun to educate yourself and pick up some culinary knowledge when you can. Although not much of a wine drinker, I recently went to a Wine 101 Class and picked up some information from a knowledgeable presenter that I’d love to share with you.
When it comes to sampling your wines, it’s a two part process:
Evaluating the Wines
Info About the Grapes
Those 9 grapes are follows: White Grapes (Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon) and Red Grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah). Other grapes that are also gaining importance include White Grapes like Gewurztraminer, Muscat and Pinot Blanc and Red Grapes like Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Petite Sirah and Tempranillo.
Fermentation of the Wine
Simply, it’s a natural process where yeasts convert natural sugars to alcohol (which stays in the wine) and carbon dioxide (which dissipates).
To read about the whole process, click this Wikipedia link.
To end, here are the final take aways I got:
Overall, it was a fun and informative class and if there happens to be a Wine Class or any other kind of class about food, you should check it and who knows what wonderful tid bits of information you could learn for yourself.