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Lol Ha Beach Bar - July 24th
You are cordially invited to participate in a Wine Tasting this Friday, July 24, at the Lol-Ha Beach Bar between 6:30 and 7:30. The main objectives are:
Andres Somellera Ramirez, Gerente Alimentos y Bebidas, Hotel Akumal Caribe "LOL-HA" is co-coordinating this “Event”, and he has invited four wine companies/distributors to be there with their wines and informative discussions. The four are:
While the details on the exact wines are not available at this time, there will be red and white wines from Argentina, Chile, France, and Mexico.
The varietals to taste, include:
Andres will also provide an ample supply of cheese and fruit to compliment the various wines. And, the Blues & Jazz Band should be providing some soft, light jazz as background music.
And, please be advised that there isNO COST to be a part of this “Event”.
Getting Started with Wine Tasting & Appreciation
Color can give you a clue as to the age of the wine. White wines generally gain color as they age. Red wines lose color. That is, young red wines are more red or burgundy while older wines tend to show a hint of tawny brown around the rim.
Regardless of age, the colors of wine are just fun to see, ranging from pale yellow-green to ruby red to brick red-brown.
Then put your nose right over the rim of the wine glass and breathe in. Since most of a wine's charm is actually in its smell, rather than its taste, this is important.
Most wines have characteristic aromas of the grapes they are made from, i.e. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, etc. The more experience you gain with different wine varietals, the easier it will be to detect and identify characteristic wine aromas and bouquet.
For starters, your nose will tell you if the wine is pleasing to you and you may sense hints of vanilla, berries, peaches, or even grassy or smokey aromas. Every wine is different and this is all part of the fun of wine appreciation.
You'll notice many things about the wine. How sweet is it? How acidic is it? If it is a red wine, do you notice the tannins? Is it a light, medium or full-bodied wine? How strong is the alcohol? How fruity is it and do you notice other varietal characteristics? How silky or rough does the wine feel? Finally, does the wine feel "balanced" or does one element overpower the others? See more tips below on evaluating wine "taste".
Swallow a small amount if you wish to note any lingering "finish". But if you are tasting a number of wines -- in a winery tasting room, for example -- your host will usually provide a vessel for you to spit out the wine instead of swallowing. (It is not rude.)
The Bottom Line
Wine tasting is harder to describe than it is to do . We suggest just tasting as many different wines as possible. Taste, experience, remember, and above all, enjoy!
What About Tasting Notes?
A wine journal can also be useful to track how a wine is developing, for example, if you buy a case of a particular wine and open a bottle periodically every six months or every year. Wine journals make terrific gifts for wine lovers.
Words for Aromas and Flavors
Words for Body or Weight
Words for Taste
Words for Textures
After you become better at describing the tastes and smells you perceive, you will find that your mind will concoct all types of words to describe your unique wine sensations. Feel free to invent words!
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