Valentine’s Dinner and Wine Appreciation 101Posted on: February 1, 2016 at 5:46 am
C Boutique Hotel offers wines from My Wine, the best Italian wines selected by Giuseppe Rondini, Corp. With Baguio as backdrop for delicious food cooked from the heart and wines hand-picked by Giuseppe Rondini, with a 30-year background in the study and selection of wines from all over Italy, are sure to make a night of fine romance.
However, a night of wine and fine dining can be intimidating, too, especially for newbies. What will all the wine jargon, how is one to know if the wine is good or bad?
How does one appreciate wines? To keep it simple, wines are judged by their sight, taste, and smell.
Sight. We first eat with our eyes, they say. It is the same with wines. What color is our wine, how bright are its hues, or how clear is it? To look closely at our wine, fill the wine glass up to a third and hold it up by the stem against a white background. Use a your napkin or table cloth. Tilt the glass slightly and bring it towards the light to appreciate its various shades. An astute sommelier or experienced wine drinker can spot faults or inconsistencies just by looking at the wine, then confirming it by smelling and tasting. But remember that there is no pressure on you in this area – you are here to learn, taste, and appreciate.
Smell. We also taste through our nose. As the aromas reach our nose, and our olfactory bulb, and then our brain, our taste deepens. What aroma and bouquet do we smell and taste as we inhale our wine? Is it flowery, fruity, earthy? Giuseppe Rondini says, the “persistence of aromas is an indication of quality, particularly in the lingering bouquet of a mature wine, but in a young, fruity wine, it is not always an essential factor.”
Taste. And this is what it all boils down to, isn’t it? Try swirling the wine in your mouth and on your palate. Sweet, acidic, salty, buttery? Try breathing through your nose as you swirl, then swallow the wine. All senses should come together to bring maximum enjoyment. As saliva mixes with the wine, chemical changes occur, also as the wine slightly evaporates, aerates, and warms in the mouth. “The terms finish and aftertaste are sometimes used synonymously by wine tastes,” explains Rondini, “But for the sake of clarity, finish refers to the final sensation of wine on the palate, and aftertaste to the flavor that impressions that remain after it is swallowed or spit.” He continues, “A good wine is described as having length when the clean, balanced, complete finish linger in the aftertaste.”
So try some wines and explore the different tastes and sensations with the tips above. But more important than anything wine jargon is to trust your own taste and instinct. Just like anything, wines are a matter of taste and to each her own pleasure!