A Private Wine Tasting Party at My House

January 19, 2008 at 12:10 pm (Thoughts, Winemaking) (, , , , )

At one point, my cellar consisted of cases of nine different wines that I had made. A few were my own fruit concoctions; cranberry, blueberry, and blackberry. Most were from kits; Gewurztraminer, Leibfraumilch, Bergamais, Bergeron Rouge, Pinot Noir, and Merlot.

My wife and I would invite over some friends and I would open a bottle of each variety. Then, starting from the driest (cranberry) and working our way to the sweetest (blueberry), everyone would just taste everything. You have to do this dry to sweet.  If you go the other way, the dry wines won’t taste right.  Cranberry is very tart and interesting, but if you taste it after a sweet blueberry wine, it will taste awful.

We would take our time, have some crackers to clean the palette and some other snacks along the way.  Each taste would be enough to get a feel for the wine but not so much that you drink too much at this point.  Once everyone tried each wine on the list, everyone would grab their favorite bottle.  I find it interesting that no two people ever wanted the same bottle.

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