December is almost here and the festivities have already started. I am ending my November in style after attending a wine tasting event organized by Slater & Whitaker. Now, I know wine can be a complex issue ranging from the type of wine, to the glass down to the sip. With so much complexity around it we do not enjoy wine as much as we should. So I wrote this tiny guide to make your next wine occasion a little bit easier and enjoyable for you and your friends and family.
Five Tips for Choosing Wines this Christmas
- Let Your Food Be Your Guide: On many occasions we go to a restaurant and we quickly ask for the usual wine we always have, at times you order for a full-bodied wine and have it while you wait for your meal. More often than not you ruin your appetite. To avoid this always ask your waiter to help pair your wine with what you just ordered or head over to Slater and Whitaker page to see how they have paired meals and wine.
- Avoid “By the Glass” Wines if Possible: If you are at a restaurant and you are more than four, it makes most sense to ask for wine by the bottle. Wine from the bottle actually tastes better than wine from a tap. The aroma from a bottle is much better than that from the tap.
- Try before you buy! Wine should be a pleasurable experience for you and your friends hence it is imperative that you taste it before you buy it. The good news is that vendors like Mister Wok will offer wine tasting to make sure you don’t make the wrong decision.
- Don’t break the bank: What matters is that you love the taste of the wine you have at hand. The price tag on the wine doesn’t always make it a great wine.
- Consider the season and time of day: Red wine is best for cold seasons like now because it really warms you up. White wine tastes best on a hot day when served chilled.
I hope you are still with me 🙂
Five Wine Tasting Tips
- Swirl the wine glass by holding the stem and smell the wine. Don’t be afraid to really get into it. Stick your whole nose in the glass, and try to pick out aroma. What fruits are you smelling?
- Pat attention to how the wine feels in your mouth. Some wines are more acidic than others and you can tell which wine you like better. Does the wine dry your mouth?
- Don’t worry if you’re smelling things that nobody else is. This is a very subjective topic so nothing is wrong.
- Don’t chug the entire glass of wine when wine tasting otherwise you will not make it the end 😉
- Enjoy the process. Don’t take it too seriously. Wine tasting should be fun!!
Photography by Mia Muhoro