Wine Club Newsletter - June 2018
The Six S’s of Wine
On National Teacher’s Appreciation Day last month, I offered a free wine class to any teacher who wished to learn about the basics of wine appreciation. This reminder of the 6 S’s of tasting wine was well received by my students (teachers). I even got a smiley face and an “A” from one of them.
What does the bottle tell us? Is it from France, Germany, California, or someplace else? What is the varietal? This information can tell us generally what to expect. Pour the wine and check the color. Is it light, dark, brilliant or dull? Are the edges browning or vibrant? Does the wine cling to the glass after swirling?
The first tip to enjoying a wine is ensuring that it’s properly aerated, and swirling it is one way to achieve some aeration if the bottle has just been opened. Swirling is the reason that the wine glasses at a nice wine bar or winery seem gigantic compared to the individual serving of wine–because the shape and size of the glass allows you to swirl without spilling, and for the wine to have the largest air surface.
As you know, our senses of taste and smell are very directly tied. So when you take a good long sniff of something, it will affect how you taste that something in the same moment. This, normally, is a good thing! So, after you get some air into it, stick your nose well into that wine glass (as in, you should be dangerously close to dipping the tip of your nose into the juice!) and take a good long sniff. For some fun smell-testing, put only one nostril in for a sniff, and then the other–does it smell different in each nostril? Different than when we smell with your whole nose? Sometimes you can pick up different smells that way.
Get some air in there! Another part of the aerating process is taking in air as you sip the wine into your mouth. So, as you take in some wine, make it sound like a straw trying to slurp up the last few drops out of a glass–get some air in there! This will continue to make the flavor of the wine more pronounced.
The obvious final step (unless, of course, you’re preserving your alcohol-intake, at which point you take the “Spit” route here) is swallow! This is hard to describe, but as you swallow, do so slowly letting the wine drift over the back of your tongue as it goes down for one last final swoop over the taste buds. So, whether you’re sipping on that first taste from a bottle at home, or at your local wine shop’s weekend tasting event, now you know how to make the most of your tasting and to most accurately discover whether you love something or not.
After you swallow the wine, think about what you have experienced. This is a significant part of the joy, fun, and intellectual process a fine wine will give you. Was the wine true to it’s type? Was it pleasant? Does it need to age to soften the acids? How long would you cellar it? What foods would you pair with it?
The Sparkling Champagne Club
We have exciting news! We have a new addition!
The Sparkling Champagne Club is a newly launched bi-monthly club offering anywhere between 1-3 bottles every other month (6 shipments a year). The number of bottles will vary depending on what we are able to procure and how rare they are! It will be $100* every other month (on average). On occasion there may even be a rare vintage find or a Tête de Cuvee!
Our goal for our members is to experience everything from unique, small, family owned grower-producers to historically regaled larger producers from Champagne and beyond.
Through this bi-monthly journey into the world of Champagne and sparkling wine, club members will not only experience sparkling from the world renowned classic regions, but also lesser known hidden jewels. And of course, to realize that bubbly pairs with everything!
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right” - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Call or e-mail to join in this exciting new WineSellar Wine Club! 858.450.9557 firstname.lastname@example.org