In the world of wine connoisseurs and casual sippers, the great decant debate is ever-reoccurring.
The question of whether to decant, aerate or pour directly from bottle to glass has been a topic of contention among wine drinkers. Both essentially serve the same purpose, which is to expand the surface area of the wine, allowing more oxygen to interact with the liquid. This softens the harsh tannins and opens up the aromatic profile of the wine. The question really is when to use which method, and for what wines?
The science of pairing wine with food has been studied for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and the general consensus is that they work wonderfully together. What is not an exact science, however, is what traditional holiday meals are served from one family to another. Each could potentially have a different varietal of wine that suits the staple of the meal. To help with this dilemma I have comprised a list of common festive feasts and near perfect wines to pair with them.
Today's blog is by Nathan Dale, Area Sales Manager and WSET Level 3 Certified
I absolutely love Halloween! There is nothing more fun than a bunch of people getting creative with costumes, throwing festive parties, and toasting the chilly fall season. The problem is that it can be difficult to pair wine with such occasions. Is wine appropriate to bring to a Halloween party? Does this wine go well with candy? I spent WAY too much money on my costume, can I still get a good wine for the Monster Mash later? Lucky for you, I have put together some tricks (and treats) that may help you with your Halloween wine dilemma.
There is really no greater pleasure than opening a bottle of fine French Champagne. The 'ppffut' sound made from twisting out the cork. Watching the bubbles rise in the glass to form a perfect mousse.