“Red, red wine, Stay close to me”
February 10, 2009
Here are five things to remember when you go on a wine tasting tour with your girlfriends (or guy friends, it does not matter)
1) Pack snacks. Everyone knows that food and wine were made for each other and nothing starts a day of early alcohol consumption better than a delicious pic-nick lunch
2) Have a designated driver! No matter how many of those snacks you consume and how stingy the pours may be, no one who has gone through 6 flights of wine should be behind the steering wheel of anything bigger than a Tonka truck. Actually, I take that back…you should avoid Tonka trucks as well. You never know.
3) Do not try anything that starts with the following introduction: “don’t think of this as a wine, think of it as a drink”. Why? Because wine should taste like wine, like dried cherries or Hungarian oak, like steel barrels or apricots, but it should never, ever, under any circumstances taste like Hawaiian tropic tanning oil. Blah. (to both actually)
4) It is hard to determine exactly when you should stop visiting wineries or stop tasting wine. I suggest stopping when you can no longer tell the difference from a pinot gris and a pinot noir or when you think “leather on the nose” is hilarious.
5) When you find a bottle of petite sirah that you love and happens to be offered at a discount, don’t buy all that you can carry. Buy more. You will figure out a way to get it home. Or,your sober driver will figure out a way to get it home. I love sober drivers.
Thank you C,E,G and M for an amazing Sunday.