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Saturday, May 19, 2012

"Wine Tasting"

Sometimes our lives get so busy that we don't take the time to unwind and do something fun, something that doesn't require much thinking or studying to get a grade. For the past couple of weeks I joined 8 others in an Introduction to Wine Tasting class at the local community college. I enjoy drinking wine both red and white although I'm partial to sweeter wines. So when I saw a class was being offered to learn about the six stages of wine (seeing, swirling, smelling, sipping, savoring and summarize) I signed up quickly.

I eagerly gathered all the materials (4 wine glasses, salt free crackers, bottled water and napkins) and geared up to taste some great wines. I was not disappointed. At each class we savored 9 different types of wines from various places (California, Italy, France, Africa) and my taste buds jumped from reds to whites as soon as the instructor could pour them.  We had loads of fun and learned about the wine tasting process and the difference between the traditional way of doing things (old fashioned press, intervene as little as possible, naming the wine after regions) to the new way of doing things (more scientific, controlling the process, wines named after grape varieties, wine maker gets the credit).

At the end of each class, we were each invited to take a bottle of wine that we had tasted during class. At the first class, I grabbed the 14 Hands, 2009 Merlot (Washington State) which was very good. At the second class, I grabbed the Dr. L (Dr. Loosen), 2009 Riesling, this was my favorite - it was light, sweet and flavorful!

So go out and enjoy life, take a class or two and expand your horizons. I certainly did and can't wait to dive into something new :-)

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