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September 13, 2005

Die erste Riesling Woche in New York!

wine taste.jpgAfter my recent trip to Napa Valley and predisposition to sugar, I could not resist making QLL readers privy to this sweet wine-tasting event...it is the First Ever Riesling Week in New York sponsored by Wines of Germany. Wine-aficionados call it the "ABC" or "Anything But Chardonnay" trend among wine drinkers which has caused many consumers to look for more variety in their white wine choices.

There will be Grand Tastings in New York today at Thalassa that will feature over 100 German wines, representing eight regions and thirty different German wine producers. Event is open to the public from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with a $25 dollar ticket available for purchase at the door. For more information visist the Riesling Renaissance tasting events at www.germanwineusa.com.

Here are some wine tasting tips that I have cultured from my vineyard excursion:

You can tell much about a wine simply by studying its appearance. The wine should be poured into a clear glass and held in front of a white background such as a tablecloth so that you can examine the colour and clarity. You want to be able to see the weave of the fabric.

Swirling the wine not only allows you to observe the body of the wine ("Good legs" may indicate a thicker body and a higher alcohol content and/or sweetness level) but also releases the molecules in the wine allowing you to smell the aroma.

After swirling your wine, place your nose and lips close to (or into the glass) and take a deep whiff to smell the wine. You will want to experience a pleasing smell. If the smell is particularly strong and unpleasant, this may indicate that the wine has gone bad...for example corked, oxidized, maderized or refermented.

Now take a sip of the wine. You are looking for the balance between sweetness and acidity. Slosh the wine around and draw in some air (like a slurp even). Notice the body and texture of the wine and if it has an aftertaste. How long did the taste last? Was it pleasant?

And just note, a bottle is not bad just because you don't like it. Everyone has their favorite and every type of wine has its special characteristics. It should be palatable, oxygenating, and an intoxicating experience!

Posted by Shari at September 13, 2005 09:47 AM


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