Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Wine knowledge

You don't have to be a sommelier to impress at a wine-tasting session...


#Always hold the wine glass by its stem. Holding it by the bowl of the glass will heat it up, changing the flavour of the wine.

#Know the five "S"s of wine tasting - see, swirl, sniff, sip and savour.

#Request for your glass to be rinsed with warm water, then explain to your friend, "Dish detergent affects the taste of wine."

#Randomly say things like "Did you know that red grapes are used to make white wine too?"

#When people mention which bank a particular wine is from (only Bordeaux wines in this case), they mean the left or right bank of the Gironde River in Bordeaux, not Maybank or RHB.

#"Dry" in wine terms means a wine that is not sweet, with less than 0.2 percent of natural residual sugar.

#Swirling wines is necessary to better smell and aerate the wine, but don't overdo it or you'll just come across as a poser.

#When "spicy" is used to describe a wine, it usually means the aroma you get a whiff of when you smell the wine - be it cinnamon, liquorice or cloves - and not literally the spices you usually taste in food.

#Throw in terminology like "full-bodied", "tannic" and "viscosity" to make it seem like you really know your stuff.

Enjoy your wine =) Cheers~!

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