According to cV Sommelier Jenny Benzie (Founder of Pour, Sip, Savor! Sommelier Services), here are 3 Ghastly Mistakes To Avoid If You Are Hosting A Wine Tasting…
So, you’ve invited a group of friends over, everyone is bringing a bottle and you want to make sure your wine tasting event occurs without any ‘flaws.’Â Below are a few mistakes to avoid if you are hosting a wine tasting event to ensure you get a ‘Gold Medal!’
Dirty glassware can cause your wine tasting event to go from ‘Brilliant’ to ‘Dull.’ Â Here are a few tips to ensure clean glasses:
- Don’t just pull the glasses from your cabinet or a box – they will have a stale, cardboard smell.
- Don’t wash your glasses with soapy water – this can leave a film.
- Never use a paper towel to dry your glasses – this will leave an ‘off’ odor in the glass (and lint!).
- Rinse your glasses with warm water and gently dry by hand with a polishing cloth.
How can you identify what’s in the glass with distracting smells all around you?Â Here are a couple of ideas to keep your wine tasting area odor-free:
- Do not burn any candles or have plug-in air fresheners in the room.
- Ask your guests (and you!) to refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, after-shave or other scented personal products.
- Do not use chemicals or scented cleaning products on the table where you will be tasting.
- And NO SMOKING!
While some like ‘hot’ tea or ‘iced’ coffee, seldom do they like ‘warm’ white wine or ‘too cold’ red wine. Â Some helpful information on correct temperatures to serve wine:
- Champagne and Sparkling wines: 41-45 degrees F
- Lighter, more delicate whites: 45-50 degrees F; Heavier white wines: 50-55 degrees F.
- Lighter style reds: 55-59 degrees F; Full-bodied reds: 59-64 degrees F
It is easier to ‘warm’ a wine by cupping the glass in your hands than it is to ‘chill’ the wine by diluting it with ice cubes (gasp!).
That’s it for the tips. I hope you’ve found them helpful.Â Remember, wine tasting should be an enjoyable experience and hopefully this advice will help you in preparing your own event!