March 5, 2015

Wine Tasting 101

A few weeks ago we headed up to Napa with Kira's parents to do some wine tasting. It was a beautiful Spring-type day! We went to three different wineries, did tastings, and enjoyed each other's company! This was our first time wine tasting together and we definitely learned a lot so we have complied some tips and tricks for those first-time wine tasters!

1. Eat a large breakfast

You will be having so much fun drinking and chatting with friends that you will probably forget to stop to eat! Make sure you fill up beforehand and bring a snake and some water for the drive between wineries.

2. Don't be afraid to ask questions

The people working at the wineries have a lot of great information that they would love to share. They might let you know what flavors you should be smelling/tasting, where you can buy the wine locally, or what's best to pair your wine with.

3. Drink water

While tastings are pretty small, you might be doing up to 5 or 6 tastings per winery which can add up.  Make sure you are drinking water so you don't get dehydrated!

4. Bring your camera

When you are wine tasting it will most likely be in a gorgeous setting, make sure to snap lots of pictures from the day.

5. Let your taste buds wander!

Truly try to taste the different flavors of the wine. Take a nice big whiff of the wine before you taste, then let it sit on your palate for a couple of seconds before swallowing to get the full effect of the flavors. Take your time with it and remember what you like about each one, that way you will learn what you like/don't like about different varieties.

Do you have a favorite type of wine? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Excellent tips!


    1. Thanks Mel! It was such a fun day!

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    1. It really was a blast! Napa Valley is such a great place for wine, we are so lucky we live close!