Chile is quickly becoming a worldwide wine capital. There’s a great opportunity for those in the NY metro area to come in and get to learn a lot about this country’s bounty. Wines of Chile will be hosting their Grand Tasting where they will showcase 60 premium wineries and more than 300 wines that reflect the beauty, character and diversity of Chile.
Did I mention tickets cost $25 bucks? (yup – Twenty Five Dollars for 2.5 hours of delicious wines).
My suggestion when attending these tastings is not to taste willy nilly. Here is the best strategy.
1. Pick a grape or color and stick with it: This way you can really learn what “whites from Chile taste like” or better still what “Chardonnay from Chile” tastes like or best of all what “Sauvignon Blanc from the Casablanca appellation” tastes like. The more you narrow down your choices, the more education you will get out of this type of tasting.
2. Whites before Reds: If you do decide to play around with colors, go from lightest to heaviest: Sauvignon Blanc – Chardonnay – Pinot Noir – Merlot – Carmenere – Syrah – Cabernet Sauvignon. If you’re not sure, just as the winery rep.
3. Questions: Ask as much as you can. The reps are there to tell you all about their wines and they have lots of knowledge. If you see a grape you’ve never tasted before (like Carmenere) ask the rep to tell you a little about the grape while you taste. You will be amazed at everything you can learn.
4. Take pictures: Even if you spit out every wine you taste, you will still end up with a slight buzz. The best way to remember those wines you like is to grab your smart phone and take a picture…and while you’re at it; tweet it.
5. Spit: Yes, I said it…spit. If you don’t you won’t be able to appreciate the nuances of all the wines and this great educational experience will be missed. Save the swallowing for your favorite wines; if you return to a table and tell the rep how much you loved it, they may even be a bit generous with the pour.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Grand Tasting: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
123 West 18th Street (between 6th & 7th St.)
New York, NY 10011
Subway: Accessible by the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, A, C, E, F, L, M, Q, R, N, or W Trains
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