Since you dine at French, Italian, Asian and international restaurants you will learn about affordable, distinctive foreign wines that will show off your wine savvy instead of falling back on the "usual suspects" like Cabernet, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir . You will also find out how to get more pleasure from your glass via proper serving temperature, aeration and glassware. Then learn about problems that should make you say, "take back this wine and bring me another bottle." Along the way, you'll pick up a few foolproof tips for pairing these wines with food, as well as money-saving tips about how to find good values on a wine list.
Discover how different the same grape can taste when the wine is from California and is very fruity, with high alcohol and strong vanilla aromas versus France with subtle fruitiness, complex flavors, lower alcohol and just a dash of vanilla. Taste Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah and compare them to their French counterparts. Taste each pair of wines on a blind basis and everyone guesses which is which. Most people will be amazed to discover that they can identify which wine is which just by SNIFFING the wines! Tasting the wines just confirms it.
Banish your "pairing-noia." Discover four simple, practical tips to be able to pair with flair and confidence. For example, when a food is cooked in a CLEAR liquid like water, chicken broth or olive oil (and the food is therefore, steamed, boiled, fried or eaten raw) -- pick a CLEAR wine, i.e., one with little color like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. The other three tips are just as intuitive and easy to learn. You'll become a pro at pairing in just 60 minutes. For the 5-minute pop quiz, each table forms a team and competes against the others. The Wine Diva awards wine-oriented prizes to the team with the most correct answers.
Today, knowing something about wine is a social skill making you appear more sophisticated to business colleagues and friends. It is also a powerful tool for today's executives providing leverage in business entertaining. So plug up any gaps in your wine knowledge with The Wine Diva's 12 tips that will make you feel more confident, authoritative and adventurous whether you are the host at a dinner, a guest dining out with food and wine lovers, or an attendee at social wine tasting events.
Humor is the key to winning this competition. Guests seated at a table form a team and compete against all the others. Guests taste three wines, a white, red and a sparkling, and select which wine they want to launch in the US. Each team has 40 minutes to:
Then each team stands up and has two minutes to present their wine name, wine label and act out their TV commercial. After every team has presented, the audience votes and the winning team receives wine-oriented prizes from The Wine Diva.
We are all looking for good values when it comes to spending our discretionary income. Here are six strategies to help you find delicious wines without emptying out your wallet. All it takes is a willingness to experiment with new grape varieties, emerging wine regions, second labels and satellite regions.
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