Delight Your Senses at the Mumbai Wine Fest 09

Delight your senses at the Mumbai Wine Tasting Festival! Enjoy the splendid view of the ocean, the harbour and the Gateway of India, an elegant informal open air fun filled weekend!
Educate your palate and let your taste buds soar, find out which wine you like the best.
Over 100 + wines to sample. Be a Wine Snob – wine appreciation talks by Tulleeho Wine Academy.
Exclusive Cheese Tasting by ABC Farms, Pune – sample Gouda , Edam Ball, Cheddar, Parmesan, Feta, etc.
Wine accessories- glasses, racks, cellars, etc.
Karaoke by Ossie and Live Music by Muzik Machine
A few boating companies will be there too!

Dates: 7 & 8 November 2009
Time: 11.00am to 10.00pm
Venue: The Pier,
Bombay Presidency Radio Club,
Apollo Bunder,
Colaba,
Mumbai 400005

For more info, visit:
http://www.mumbaiwinefest.in

How to Taste Wine
Learning how to taste wines is a straightforward adventure that will deepen your appreciation for both wines and winemakers. Look, smell, taste – starting with your basic senses and expanding from there you will learn how to taste wines like the pros in no time! Keep in mind that you can smell thousands of unique scents, but your taste perception is limited to salty, sweet, sour and bitter. It is the combination of smell and taste that allows you to discern flavor. Here’s How:

Look: Check out the Color and Clarity.

Pour a glass of wine into a suitable wine glass. Then take a good look at the wine. Tilt the glass away from you and check out the color of the wine from the rim edges to the middle of the glass (it’s helpful to have a white background – either paper, napkin or a white tablecloth).

What color is it? Look beyond red, white or blush. If it’s a red wine is the color maroon, purple, ruby, garnet, red, brick or even brownish? If it’s a white wine is it clear, pale yellow, straw-like, light green, golden, amber or brown in appearance?
Still Looking: Move on to the wine’s opacity. Is the wine watery or dark, translucent or opaque, dull or brilliant, cloudy or clear? Can you see sediment? Tilt your glass a bit, give it a little swirl – look again, is there sediment, bits of cork or any other floaters? An older red wine will be more translucent than younger red wines.

Smell: Our sense of smell is critical in properly analyzing a glass of wine. To get a good impression of your wine’s aroma, gently swirl your glass (this helps vaporize some of the wine’s alcohol and release more of its natural aromas) and then take a quick whiff to gain a first impression.
Still Smelling: Now stick your nose down into the glass and take a deep inhale through your nose. Gently swirl the wine and let the aromas mix and mingle, and sniff again.

Taste: Finally, take a taste. Start with a small sip and let it roll around your tongue. There are three stages of taste: the Attack phase, the Evolution phase and the Finish.

The Attack Phase is the initial impression that the wine makes on your palate. The Attack is comprised of four pieces of the wine puzzle: alcohol content, tannin levels, acidity and residual sugar. These four puzzle pieces display initial sensations on the palate.

The Evolution Phase is next, also called the mid-palate or middle range phase, this is the wine’s actual taste on the palate.

The Finish is appropriately labeled as the final phase. The wine’s finish is how long the flavor impression lasts after it is swallowed.

After you have taken the time to taste your wine, you might record some of your impressions. Did you like the wine overall? Was it sweet, sour or bitter? How was the wine’s acidity? Was it well balanced? Does it taste better with cheese, bread or a heavy meal? Will you buy it again? If so, jot the wine’s name, producer and vintage year down for future reference.

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