Drinking wine as an enthusiast or somebody’s who enjoys a glass or two is a journey that you’ll have to partake as a wine drinker. You may be new to wine and want to learn all that you can about wine, without further ado, we can talk wine terms later but one important lesson is
Drinking wine as an enthusiast or somebody’s who enjoys a glass or two is a journey that you’ll have to partake as a wine drinker. You may be new to wine and want to learn all that you can about wine, without further ado, we can talk wine terms later but one important lesson is wine testing! California Wines by Rose is going to share wine tasting tips as practiced by the pros and it can be a great way to refine your palate.
Now that we’re going to do some wine tasting, you’re doing to need the right glass to do the job. Wineware varies, but a good wine glass should be clear so you have look at the wine you’re tasting and the colour. The stem of a wine glass should also be long with a thin rim and big enough for you to swirl the wine. If your tasting champagne or sparkling wine, a flute glass is the best fit.
Let’s get tasting! Here are the four important steps for wine tasting:
Begin by holding your wine by the stem and the wine glass against a white background to judge the colour and clarity of the wine. You’ve often seen sommelier doing this and this helps determine the colour of wine. Judging by the wine colour you can tell if its a red, white or rose wine. Red wines tend to be darker and the colour changes with age, whereas white wines have hues of golden yellow and tend to get dark with age.
Then next thing you need to do is swirl the wine, this aerates the wine and releases aromas. Studies have also show that some wines tend to be dry for the consumer’s taste due to the tannic acids so swirling the glass draws oxygen from the air into the wine. You don’t need to swirl like a maniac, just a swirl a little to release those aromas as you prepare to take you’re sip.
You need to smell the aromas in the wine, place your nose in the glass and take a few deep breaths.Wine aromas are influenced by the grape variety in the wine, the vineyard location and the process in making the wine. You’ll find that older wines don’t have a pronounced aroma as young wines. You need to pay attention to your glass and what aromas you can pick up, here are some tips of aromas :Primary aromas are grape-derivative and include fruits, herbs, and floral notes. Secondary Aromas come from the winemaking practices. The most common aromas are yeast-derivative and are most easy to spot in white wines: cheese rind, nut husk (almond, peanut), or stale beer. And lastly, tertiary Aromas come from aging, usually in bottle, or possibly in oak.
Now you can taste the wine, the most common mistake in wine tasting is jumping all the above steps and tasting first. As you’re tasting the wine can you also tell the texture of the wine? Is it full bodied or medium bodied? The key steps in tasting wine include taste, texture and length. These are a few of the questions you need to determine as you’re tasting the wine. Red wines tend to the full bodied where as white wines are lighter, you need to ask yourself about the particular wine you’re tasting if it embodied what the winemaker set out to achieve. There’s a beginning in wine tasting, a middle and and end and finally you need to conclude about the wine.
The most important part of wine tasting is to enjoy the process and ponder upon the wine during the wine tasting process. Did you enjoy the wine? Was it flavourful, this can be a great activity for you and your friends.
We’ve done enough tasting, pour a glass and relax and the next time you go for a wine tasting event or hosting a few people home for wine, act like the pro you are!
California Wines by Rose has a dedicated wine team that are able to help you learn more about wine. We’ll be introducing our wine tasting series in our store, this is where you can learn and enjoy wine.
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It’s Mother’s Day and it’s the perfect time to spoil your mother or the special woman in your life. Mother’s Day is also a great day to celebrate the hard work it takes to be a mom, it ain’t an easy job. California Wines by Rose has selected the best wines that you could gift
It’s Mother’s Day and it’s the perfect time to spoil your mother or the special woman in your life. Mother’s Day is also a great day to celebrate the hard work it takes to be a mom, it ain’t an easy job. California Wines by Rose has selected the best wines that you could gift this Mother’s Day!
Here are three wines that we’ve selected to gift that special lady in your life:
14 Hands Moscato
This is a great wine for Mother’s Day because, it’s light and smooth, with aromas of white rose and ripe honeydew that are followed on the palate by flavors of peach and tangerine. While lightly sweet at first, ample acidity lends balance, keeping this wine bright and fresh. It’s also a great wine that you could have while eating dinner and because of its sweetness, this Moscato wine makes for a great accompaniment to spicy foods, fruit salads and cheeses. You can also enjoy it alone, after a meal or as an aperitif when chilled.
14 Hands Red Blend Hot To Trot
This is a great wine you could introduce your Mother to, it’s predominantly a blend of Merlot and Syrah grapes, this polished red wine offers aromas of cherry, red currant and tea. With flavors of cherries, ripe berries and plums, balanced by soft and velvety tannins, this smooth easy-drinking wine finishes with hints of toast and mocha. If you’re new to wine drinking, you will enjoy a soft start with this red wine blend, you can serve it with all kinds of food or enjoy on its own on Mother’s Day.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Sweet Riesling Harvest Select
1,600KesBuy Now for Mama!
This is an award winning wine and it should be at the top of your list for Mother’s Day.Harvest Select Riesling is a sweet, fresh and fruity wine that offers rich flavors of ripe peaches balanced with crisp acidity. This riesling goes well with spicy foods, Indian food, Thai food and fruit-based desserts. It will brighten up your fruit salad, crab, Asian dishes or a plate of cheese. It’s simply delicious, award-winning silky and succulent white wine that your Mother deserves.
We do have specialized gift packaging at our stores that would make it custom wine gift.
Please visit our stores at KENRAIL Towers, Westlands, M3 and select the finest American wine for Mama!
Happy Mother’s Day from California Wines Kenya.
Who doesn’t love a party? Need an excuse to throw a party with your friends and family? Well, I’ve got the perfect excuse for you to gather your friends and family and delight in a wine tasting party. Whether you’re serving wine aperitifs or hors d’oeuvres this is new and classy way to entice your
Who doesn’t love a party? Need an excuse to throw a party with your friends and family? Well, I’ve got the perfect excuse for you to gather your friends and family and delight in a wine tasting party. Whether you’re serving wine aperitifs or hors d’oeuvres this is new and classy way to entice your guests palate to experience and learn about new wine. Plus it’s the perfect opportunity to show off those wine tasting lessons you’ve been learning! Here are some tips to get you started on hosting your wine tasting party.
1.Choose a Theme
A theme is very crucial in hosting a wine tasting party and you need to decide which wine regions will you concentrate on. For instance, you can decide to focus on regions that produce world class wines such Napa Valley, California. Let your guests experience a world of wine and explore regions that you like such as South of France wine or Australian wine. Secondly, you could also decide to sample wine a grape variety such as Riesling or Chardonnay from one producer or various wine producers around the world. Choose a theme that your friends will enjoy, you can even decide to focus on women wineries, African wineries.
2.Get Good Food
Most people appreciate good food at a party and you wouldn’t want to serve alcohol to your guests on an empty stomach. Therefore, make sure hors d’oeuvres are available for your guests to have bitings as they do the wine tasting, and it can be used to cleanse their palate. You can also have a platter with an array of crackers, classic cheese, fruits, nuts, jam, cured meats. You may host the wine tasting party during dinner and that’s totally alright, just make sure the wine pairs with the food you’re serving. Get food that you guests will love and ensure there’s plenty to go round, nobody likes a stingy host.
3.Invite Your Guests
The number of guests to invite to your wine tasting is ideally 6 to 12 people whom you can have an intimate interaction with as you discuss wine. Invite guests who have a similar interest and knowledge of wine, you wouldn’t want to invite people who will be ‘know it alls’ and try to educate the entire group or people who have less knowledge and will repeatedly ask questions. Find a balance that all your guests will enjoy and you can send out invite old school method in a card or simply just do an e-invite. Make sure you have enough space to host your guests and suggest transportation for them, Uber and Taxify and even Little Cabs for them.
Make sure you have enough wine supply for your wine tasting party, a bottle of wine can serve about 5-6 glasses. You can serve wines from different price range depending on your budget and the type of guests you have. A good idea is to head down to your wine store and ask them about what type and wine they recommend you serve at your wine tasting and ensure they have plenty in stock.Items that you want to consider as you prepare and plan your wine tasting party include: glassware, corkscrew, ice buckets, spittoon, white napkins. Check out California Wines Kenya that’s perfect to get your start with sufficient stock for your wine party and will assist with food pairing and even accessories such as corkscrews.
The art of hosting a party is having fun with your guests and totally owning the moment! Plan activities that are fun (trivia games, wine questions based on your theme)and have giveaways for your guests, you can invest in a bottle of vintage wine to giveaway. Also, don’t send your guests home empty handed, you can gift each of them a box of chocolates or what you find fitting! Have lots of fun, take photos and the next time you meet they’ll be sure to say, ‘remember that wine party you threw, it was awesome!’
Hosting a wine tasting party is a simple way to introduce your friends to wine that you appreciate from a particular winery. It can also be used to let your fans know what kind of wines you delight in. You can check our stores at KENRAIL TOWERS,M3 to start planning your wine party, our friendly team will be glad to assist to throw a lit party!
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Did you know that wine is always known by its grape variety? This is what sets apart the professionals wine enthusiasts to the amateurs. Curious to know some of the top wine varieties in the world? First, it’s important to understand as wine enthusiast that the term ‘variety’ refers to the vine or grape while varietal
Did you know that wine is always known by its grape variety? This is what sets apart the professionals wine enthusiasts to the amateurs. Curious to know some of the top wine varieties in the world? First, it’s important to understand as wine enthusiast that the term ‘variety’ refers to the vine or grape while varietal refers to the wine produced by a variety. What are some of the common used wine varietals you might ask? You might have them stocked in your wine cabinet right now and they include, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot. It’s important to understand as wine enthusiast that the term ‘variety’ refers to the vine or grape while varietal refers to the wine produced by a variety.
The top 5 wine varieties in the world include:
This is the fabulosity of wines, the Cabernet Sauvignon is responsible for many of the world’s greatest wines and is, arguably, the grandest of all red wine varieties.Cabernet Sauvignon became internationally recognized through its prominence in Bordeaux wines where it is often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. From France, the grape spread across Europe and to the New World where it found new homes in places like California’s Santa Cruz Mountains & Napa Valley.
Chardonnay is the most famous of all white grape varieties, albeit not the most widely planted variety in the world. Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used in the production of white wine. The variety originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France, but is now grown wherever wine is produced, from England to New Zealand. It is also used in Italy to produce sparkling wines like Franciacorta for example. For new and developing wine regions, growing Chardonnay is considered as a “rite of passage” and an easy entry into the international wine market.
Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Its softness and “fleshiness”, combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin.Merlot is also one of the most popular red wine varietals in many markets.This flexibility has helped to make it one of the world’s most planted grape varieties.
Pinot noir is a red wine grape variety and the name may also refer to wines created predominantly from pinot noir grapes. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black. Referring to the pine alluding to the grape variety having tightly clustered, pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit.Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler climates, and the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France.
Pinot noir is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine. The grape’s tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to several viticultural hazards involving rot that require diligent canopy management.Pinot produces mostly lightly colored, medium bodied and low tannin wines that can often go through phases of uneven and unpredictable aging.
Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and sparkling white wines. Riesling wines are usually varietally pure and are seldom oaked.From 2004, Riesling was estimated to be the world’s 20th most grown variety but in terms of importance for quality wines, it is usually included in the top three white wine varieties together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. The character of Riesling wines is greatly influenced by the wine’s place of origin.
Arguably, a good wine enthusiast will walk into a store and confidently say, ‘do you have a Pinot Noir’ because they identify wine from its grape variety. After reading this you understand why saying, ‘red sweet wine’ might not the be correct way to ask for your wine but rather you should identify with the grape variety.Kudos to learning wine basics! Get comfortable and pour yourself a generous glass of wine as a reward well earned or simply buy yourself a bottle.
Looking to get started with wine and want to know all types of wine red, white, rose & fruit wines? This article is great to familiarise yourself with the world of wine as a wine enthusiast. Know what goes into producing a red, white and rose wine and other types of wine. Red Wine What
Looking to get started with wine and want to know all types of wine red, white, rose & fruit wines? This article is great to familiarise yourself with the world of wine as a wine enthusiast. Know what goes into producing a red, white and rose wine and other types of wine.
What goes into making red wine you may ask? Red wine is a favorite ranging from silky and smooth tastes and bold tones. Interestingly, the red wine production process involves extraction of color and flavor components from the grape skin. Red wine is made from dark-colored grape varieties. The actual color of the wine can range from violet, typical of young wines, through red for mature wines, to brown for older red wines. The juice from most purple grapes is actually greenish-white; the red color comes from anthocyanin pigments present in the skin of the grape; exceptions are the relatively uncommon teinturier varieties, which actually have red flesh and produce red juice.
Appreciate an occasional glass of white wine? White wine can be straw-yellow, yellow-green, or yellow-gold. The fermentation of the non-colored grape pulp produces white wine, the grapes from which white wine is produced are typically green or yellow. Some varieties that are well known include Chardonnay, Sauvignon, and Riesling. Dark-skinned grapes may be used to produce white wine if the wine-maker is careful not to let the skin stain the wort during the separation of the pulp-juice. Pinot noir, for example, is commonly used to produce champagne.
Further, dry (non-sweet) white wine is the most common, derived from the complete fermentation of the wort. Sweet wines are produced when the fermentation is interrupted before all the grape sugars are converted into alcohol. Sparkling wines, which are mostly white wines, are produced by not allowing carbon dioxide from the fermentation to escape during fermentation, which takes place in the bottle rather than in the barrel.
When you want to feel special you pop that bottle of rosé but you might be curious about what goes into creating a rosé wine. A rosé wine incorporates some of the color from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify it as a red wine. It may be the oldest known type of wine, as it is the most straightforward to make with the skin contact method. The pink color can range from a pale orange to a vivid near-purple, depending on the varietals used and wine-making techniques. There are three primary ways to produce rosé wine: skin contact (allowing dark grape skins to stain the wort), saignée (removing juice from the must early in fermentation and continuing fermentation of the juice separately), and blending (uncommon and discouraged in most wine growing regions). Rosé wines can be made still, semi-sparkling, or sparkling, with a wide range of sweetness levels from dry Provençal rosé to sweet White Zinfandels and blushes. Rosé wines are made from a wide variety of grapes all over the world.
Did you know you can also enjoy wine from fruits other than grape? Wines from other fruits, such as apples and berries, are usually named after the fruit from which they are produced combined with the word “wine” (for example, apple wine and elderberry wine) and are generically called fruit wine or country wine. Other than the grape varieties traditionally used for wine-making, most fruits naturally lack either sufficient fermentable sugars, relatively low acidity, yeast nutrients needed to promote or maintain fermentation, or a combination of these three characteristics. This is probably one of the main reasons why wine derived from grapes has historically been more prevalent by far than other types, and why specific types of fruit wine have generally been confined to regions in which the fruits were native or introduced for other reasons.
Wine can be classified as an art that you can harness, the process is to be revered and appreciated. It’s one thing to order a glass of wine in your favorite restaurant or savor the taste at home.However, it’s quite important to know what you’re holding in your glass and the first step in appreciating your wine
Wine can be classified as an art that you can harness, the process is to be revered and appreciated. It’s one thing to order a glass of wine in your favorite restaurant or savor the taste at home.However, it’s quite important to know what you’re holding in your glass and the first step in appreciating your wine is knowing key terms such as body, sweetness, acidity, tannin, alcohol, length and balance. This week California Wines by Rose has got you sorted with key wine terms to understand your wine better.
Alcohol gives wine weight, if a wine feels heavy, it often has a higher alcohol content. Weight and fullness of wine on the palate can be light bodied, medium bodied or full bodied. Wines Under 12.5% alcohol considered to be light-bodied where as wines between 12.5% and 13.5% are considered medium-bodied. Good examples of these wines are Rose, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Wine that’s over 13.5% alcohol is considered full-bodied. Some wines that are normally over this alcohol level and considered full-bodied are Zinfandel, Syrah/Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot and Malbec. While the majority of wines over 13.5% alcohol are usually red, Chardonnay is a great example of a white that often can also be considered full-bodied.
Wine sweetness or wine dryness is determined by the amount of sugar in a wine and also by acidity, alcohol content, and the presence of compounds called tannins. How sweet a wine will taste is also controlled by factors such as the acidity and alcohol levels, the amount of tannin present, and whether the wine is sparkling or not. A dry wine can taste sweet if the alcohol level is elevated. Medium and sweet wines have a perception among many consumers of being of lower quality than dry wines. However, many of the world’s great wines have a high level of residual sugar, which is carefully balanced with additional acidity to produce a harmonious result.
Try sipping on a glass of wine, it tastes refreshing and is often described as crisp this is due acidity that plays a role in defining the taste. Acids in wine are an important component in both wine making and the finished product of wine. They are present in both grapes and wine, having direct influences on the color, balance and taste of the wine as well as the growth and vitality of yeast during fermentation and protecting the wine from bacteria. Acidity is sensed on the sides of the tongue and taste almost citric.It occurs naturally in grapes and is important to balance sweetness and white wines tend to have more acidity than red wines.
Tannin is a naturally occurring polyphenol found in plants, seeds, bark, wood, leaves, and fruit skins. As a characteristic of wine, tannin adds both bitterness and astringency, as well as complexity. Wine tannins are most commonly found in red wine, although white wines have tannin from being aged in wooden barrels. Tasted at the back of the tongue and tastes bitter like a strong cup of tea. Also has a drying effect on the gums. It comes from the pips and skins of the grapes and from oak ageing.
Depending on what your body is used to it’s good to checking wine ABV (alcohol by volume ) which will give you a guide to how strong it is. The ABV tells you what percentage of the drink is made up of alcohol. For instance wine with 12% ABV is 12% pure alcohol. The higher the percentage, the more alcohol there is so try opting for lower ABV wines. Alcohol can be felt at the back of the throat, giving a warming sensation. The higher the level of sugar in the grapes before fermentation, the higher potential alcohol the wine will have, hotter countries tend to produce wines higher in alcohol.
Length & Balance
Length is a tasting term to describe how long the taste of a wine persists or lingers on your palate after you have swallowed (or spit, if tasting professionally) the wine. A wine’s length may be described as long, moderate or short. Length gives an indication of quality, the longer the length, the higher the quality. In addition a wine is balanced when all the different components are working in harmony a balanced wine is one where no one component protrudes or awkwardly sticks out. The key components in a wine that should be in balance are alcohol, acidity, tannin, sweetness and fruit concentration or extract. Balance is a sign of quality and his can take time, a wine is mature when it has achieved optimal balance.
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Ever wondered why some wines cost more than others? To put it simply wine is like any other product that competes for the shilling in your pocket. There are several factors that affect price such as, how it is produced, where it is produced, where the grapes were grown, how unique/rare it is all play
Ever wondered why some wines cost more than others? To put it simply wine is like any other product that competes for the shilling in your pocket. There are several factors that affect price such as, how it is produced, where it is produced, where the grapes were grown, how unique/rare it is all play a significant role in dictating the final price of the wine. But price is only an indication of quality when similar wines are being compared. The three main factors that contribute to the price of wine are terroir, production process and time.
Terroir is how a particular region’s climate, soils and aspect (terrain) affect the taste of wine. Some regions are said to have more ‘terroir” than others. If you’re buying wine from the best vineyard in the region then you’d expect to pay top dollar price just as you would with a farmer with the best produce. The terrain where the vineyard is located affects the quality of the grapes and the producer demands more pricing for their wine. For example, Napa Valley has become synonymous with great California wine to consumers all over the world. What makes Napa Valley so unique? Napa grows fabulous grapes on a fabulous terroir, resulting in fabulous wines, such as our Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.
Further, winemakers can choose to produce their wines cheaply or expensively. They might make their wine using low-yield grapes (to ensure they produce wines with full flavour), rather than use the bigger volume high-yield grapes. They might harvest their grapes by hand for gentler handling of the fruit and to be more selective (which means high labour costs) rather than by machine (low labour costs). They could make and ferment their wine in stainless steel tanks, or a combo (stainless steel and oak), or concrete vat or the (expensive) oak barrels. The most coveted wines in the world are aged in oak, and many use new oak (very expensive). All these costs add up and dictate the selling price of the wine. This is why a wine from a quality producer will always be more expensive than a bulk-production wine. For example, our Silver Mountain wines; the grapes are hand-picked, the wine-making process starts with whole berry fermentation, then the wines are aged in oak.
Many quality wines are made to mature over a long period of time before finally reaching their best. As time passes by, and more and more bottles are drunk up, a wine will become increasingly rare, pushing its price higher and higher. That’s why Reserve and Grand Reserve wines are always going to pull a premium price to go with their premium quality. Then there are the astonishingly good Estate wines made in tiny quantities each year, from the outset these wines are rare and of course costly.
To cap it all, there is really no difference between a rare quality wine and a limited edition luxury car, both are desirable commodities and if they are your passion you will be prepared to pay for their quality, rarity and exclusivity and believe they are worth the price paid. And again, how much you pay for a bottle will depend on where you buy it from. There’s a huge difference in price between buying a bottle of wine from a wine shop, or retail store compared to buying the same bottle from a hotel, pub, or restaurant.
Significantly, Kenyan taxes are much higher on legally imported wine than what one would pay for the same wine in the US, Europe or even South Africa, thus the high taxation imposed also impacts on the final price of a bottle.
But Price cannot compete with sound wine knowledge; the more you know about wine and how it is produced, the better you will be at selecting good wine. Visit our store or buy online and you’ll be sure to find a good wine that fits your budget.
This weekend you could be enjoying a glass of wine with your friends and family. Here are some great value wines that you can indulge in without breaking the bank under 1,800-/KES. Chateau Ste. Michelle Sweet Riesling Harvest Select – 1,600KES Buy Now Harvest Select Riesling is a sweet, fresh and fruity wine that
This weekend you could be enjoying a glass of wine with your friends and family. Here are some great value wines that you can indulge in without breaking the bank under 1,800-/KES.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Sweet Riesling Harvest Select – 1,600KES
Harvest Select Riesling is a sweet, fresh and fruity wine that offers rich flavors of ripe peaches balanced with crisp acidity. Drinking this wine is like enjoying a bowl of fruit in a glass! Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. It is also one of the few premium wineries in the world and continues to receive some of the highest accolades and awards in the wine industry. It’s famous for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
14 Hands Red Blend Hot To Trot – 1700KES
Predominantly a blend of Merlot and Syrah grapes, this polished red wine offers aromas of cherry, red currant and tea. With flavors of cherries, ripe berries and plums, balanced by soft and velvety tannins, this smooth easy-drinking wine finishes with hints of toast and mocha. 14 Hands celebrates the spirit of small wild horses that once freely roamed the hills of eastern Washington State.
Red Diamond Merlot – 1,755KES
Red Diamond Merlot is a polished wine that opens with a beautiful, softly-spiced black cherry, berry and ripe plum aromas on the nose with a toasty oak background. Sweet fruit on the palate is complemented by medium-bodied, but firm tannins, with a nice smooth finish.This soft and versatile Merlot goes very well with foods containing pork, or steaks, Nyama Choma and vegetarian dishes. It drinks well alone.
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It’s one thing to enjoy the occasional glass of wine as a wine enthusiast. But another to confidently swirl, smell your glass expertly and muse on the fruity tasting notes of a wine,as you confidently mention during gathering,‘I most prefer the Merlot from the region Napa or Sonoma county . The next time your with
It’s one thing to enjoy the occasional glass of wine as a wine enthusiast. But another to confidently swirl, smell your glass expertly and muse on the fruity tasting notes of a wine,as you confidently mention during gathering,‘I most prefer the Merlot from the region Napa or Sonoma county .
The next time your with a group of friends don’t lag in the conversation, here are 4 steps to be a wine snob that will go a long way to make you an expert.
Before we get started here are a few wine terms that you should familiarize yourself with.
- Varietal: This refers to the type or variety of grape; Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, etch are names of specific grape types.
- Vintage: It’s the year the grapes were grown, not the year the wine was released. Young vintages are more recent years; old vintages less recent.
- Nose: This refers to the way the wine smells when you put your nose to the glass, a key component of the overall drinking experience.
- Palate: This refers to the tastes you experience as you drink the wine (think about this as we discuss the tasting terms below).
- Mouth Feel: This refers to the way the wine feels in your mouth.
Here’s how you can perfect the art of wine snobbery
Step One: Know your region
To define your wine, you must find a region that you love, you can go with American, French or Italian renowned regions. Find a wine from a particular region you enjoy, the region is important because it not only lets you know about the history of the wine but it plays a big role in affecting how grapes grow, quality of the wine produced. This is also important part of being a wine snob is to dropping keywords of the region the wine was produced and having fun ‘educating’ your fans on the region as you drink the wine.
Step Two: Master Ordering and Buying Wine
When you’re at a restaurant and want to order wine here are the three things that you should mention: vintage, variety and region. Please refrain from saying, “I’d like a red sweet or white,” leave that to inexperienced people, you are a wine snob now. Instead this is what you should simply say when the waiter comes to your table, “I’d like to order a bottle of the 2007 California Chardonnay, please.” A good restaurant will have the wine menu featuring the wine from region and date. When buying wine as a wine snob, refrain from buying wine in a box, instead invest in a bottle of great quality wine. You have no excuse to be drinking wine in a box at this stage, make an investment and you can start with visiting California Wines Store for a quality bottle of Wine.
Step Three: Buy the Correct Glassware
If you’re going to be a wine snob invest in the correct glasses at home this does affect the aromas. Red wine is served in a wide glass as it benefits from the oxygen and a wide glass does the trick. White wine goes well in a tall and narrow glass as it doesn’t need oxygen a lot compared to reds. If you want to go the extra mile, buy stemware from renowned glassware Riedel who have perfected the art of drinking wine in a glass. Does it matter you may ask? Yes, it does make a difference in which shape you serve you wine. If you can’t get Riedel glassware, don’t sweat it, instead use a glass that compliments your personal style.
Step Four: Know Where to Buy reasonably Priced Wine
Find a store where you can buy reasonably wine that fits your budget. The Kenyan wine market is growing and there are plenty of wines that are exported. Find a store that will guide you through the process is buying a good value wine. Kenyan wine culture is becoming better but the reality is that a huge percentage can’t differentiate between a 1000 Kes Wine and a 8,000Kes wine. That’s why it’s important to search for a wine store that is artisanal and will guide you correctly and make recommendations based on what you like. Buying wine with stores that want to build a long-term relationship in helping you enjoy quality wine. You can check out California Wines Kenya to guide you through the process of buying wine.
Drinking wine is all about having fun and enjoying yourself, as a wine snob don’t take yourself too seriously. These key bits of information should roll out of your tongue effortlessly, therefore make sure you know about your favorite bottle and can differentiate the different regions. If there’s anything at all I want you to know if your a newbie when it comes to wine is any wine coming out of a box is no-no.
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There’s something charming about gracefully sipping on a glass of Rosé on a sunny afternoon with your group of friends. Wine cocktails are becoming popular and why not try a Rosé Wine cocktail with berries recipe? It’s an elegant cocktail recipe that you can share with a crowd of friends and it’ll be a party favorite.
There’s something charming about gracefully sipping on a glass of Rosé on a sunny afternoon with your group of friends. Wine cocktails are becoming popular and why not try a Rosé Wine cocktail with berries recipe? It’s an elegant cocktail recipe that you can share with a crowd of friends and it’ll be a party favorite. This cocktail is easy to make for a weekend get together with your friends, for a wedding reception, dinner party, or when you truly want to make an eloquent statement.
What you’ll need:
- 1 chilled bottle of Silver Mountain Rose of Pinot Noir
- 1 litre of lemon soda
- 1 frozen pink lemonade
- 1 bag of frozen berries (use what you can find in season: strawberries, blueberries, cranberries raspberries)
How to make it:
In a large bowl combine the wine, berries, and frozen pink lemonade.Then let the flavours mingle in the refrigerator up to one hour. When it’s chilled enough serve in Champagne glasses and top with lemon soda.
Wine tops the list for Valentine’s Day as the go to gift. Whether you heading over for dinner at a friends home or having a dinner date, wine gives you the opportunity to make a bold and eloquent statement.Wine makes for the best valentine gift because it can easily accommodate any budget, shows you care and it’s
This Valentine’s Day go the extra mile and buy a selection of award winning California wines to make a statement and it’ll be appreciated. We’ve put a selection three of great quality California Wines that are thoughtful, tasteful and delicious and will show your sweetheart that you’ve gone the extra mile.
This wine fab for someone that you have a crush on and you want them to know. It’s crisp, dry, a typical south-of-France-style Rosé Wine. Delicate pink color in the eyes, with hints of strawberry, watermelon and a delightful fresh fruit salad taste of blueberry, watermelon, apricot and tangerine.This is great for Valentine’s day to let someone know you are interested in them.
From the moment that a bottle of wine is opened and the wine is exposed to oxygen, it begins to change. This process is referred to as “breathing”. The technical term for the change that occurs in the wine when it is exposed to air is oxidation. If you have ever cut an apple in
From the moment that a bottle of wine is opened and the wine is exposed to oxygen, it begins to change. This process is referred to as “breathing”. The technical term for the change that occurs in the wine when it is exposed to air is oxidation.
If you have ever cut an apple in half and left it out on the kitchen counter for a while, you may have noticed that it begins to turn brown. This is evidence of oxidation. Much the same way that metal oxidizes and turns to rust, fruit oxidizes and changes chemically. If you have had the opportunity to taste the apple when it is first cut open and then again once it has oxidized you would notice that the apple tastes different. I find that after a short oxidation period (maybe an hour or so), the apple will appear to taste sweeter and have lower acidity. If the apple started out too tart or acidic, the breathing period may make the apple taste better due to the lower level of acidity. If the apple started out ripe and sweet to begin with, the breathing period may not be necessary and may actually result in degradation in quality. The exact same principals apply to wines with regard to their tannin, acidity, and “fruitiness”.
The amount of time it may be necessary for a wine to breathe in order to reach its peak depends on the varietal, age and complexity of a particular wine, and perhaps most important, your personal preferences. Oxygen can soften the tannin and help tight, closed wines develop their fruit flavor and balance in a relatively short period of time. Breathing can shorten the ageing process to hours instead of years. If a wine gets too much oxygen, it will fatigue and the fruit will dissipate. Wines that are older will often be more sensitive to the breathing process (i.e. the fruit will dissipate quicker in older wines as they breathe). So the trick to letting wine breathe is finding the balance between softening of tannin and dissipation of fruit.
Of course there is an alternative, let the wine breathe in the glass! Pour the wine in your glass when it is first opened, taste it, wait a while, taste it again, and repeat. You should notice changes in the wine as it continues to breathe.
The breathing process can be sped up by decanting the wine or simply by swirling it in the glass.
Unfortunately, most wines do not come with instructions on whether or not to let the wine breathe prior to serving and for how long. Fortunately most modern, moderately priced wines are ready to drink right away and require very little, if any breathing time.