Heading to your first wine-tasting?  Here’s how to make the most of it

Heading to your first wine-tasting? Here’s how to make the most of it


Wine-tasting events can be very enjoyable, especially if they’re experienced with good company. To make the most of a wine-tasting event, there are a number of things to be mindful of, and others to avoid in order to prevent mishaps. Bearing in mind that you are there for the pleasure of the experience but also to learn, it’s important that you are comfortably dressed and well prepared. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind the next time you’d like to attend a wine-tasting:

- Attire, perfume and note taking
Aside from being comfortable it’s also important to keep in mind the likelihood of spills when choosing what to wear for the night. That in mind, it would be ideal to avoid clothing with loose sleeves, and maybe opting for dark colored tops. Additionally, it’s important not to wear perfume to the wine-tasting to avoid it from being a sensory distraction. You’ll also want to be prepared to take notes. You shouldn’t have to struggle the next day trying to remember that third or fourth bottle you tried and really liked.
- Eat First
The assumption is that you are likely to taste a significant number of wines. Knowing that, you’d really want to be completely mindful of the experience without distracting hunger or starting to feel slightly light headed early into the evening. Be sure to have something to eat before attending the event, or even throughout the event if need be.
- Catching and Releasing
In order to experience the wine in the best way possible, taking in air with the mouthful of wine lets you taste but also detect the aromas of the wine. After taking a sip and letting the wine coat the inside of your mouth, you would normally spit it out. Letting go of the wine then leaves you with a window of opportunity to really assess the distinct features of the wine including its texture and finish.

Have you ever noticed how memorable a story can be?
Bring your experience of every bottle to a good end by asking about the story of the winery and that specific wine. By doing so, not only would you be able to appreciate the wine more, but you’ll also be able to make your winetasting experience much more memorable.
 
November 06, 2017 — 209 Lebanese Wine
5 things to completely avoid on a wine date!

5 things to completely avoid on a wine date!

It’s always nice to spend time getting to know one another over a nice meal and a good bottle of wine. While you’re trying to make the best impression on a first date, you might just be treading on thin ice.
Here are 5 things that could take you under:

1. Drinking too much.
You’re a little excited about your date night, and decide on having a drink while getting ready to leave home. You then start drinking during your date, and before you know it, you’re talking about your previous relationships. If anything, there should be an alarm going off here. Don’t worry, provided that you are still somewhat alert, there still is hope for recovery.
2. Offering her a glass, and taking care of the bottle.
This is probably unforgivable unless she explicitly insists on having no more wine. In this case, you can pace your drinking.
3. Playing it cool and ordering a bottle just because it’s expensive.
Now this will just hurt if you don’t know what you’re doing. Most restaurants with a wine list have someone to help you out with your selection. If you know a thing or two about wine, ask for wines with varieties you like, or for those with your preference of being more fruity or dry. If you could really use the help, just ask for a recommendation that pairs well with your food. Asking does make you appear somewhat vulnerable, which can actually impress your date. No one likes a show-off, especially when it goes bad.
4. Making a scene after a spill.
It is never OK to point this out, or make faces. In the case that this happens to your date, you can ask if there’s anything you can do. If she says no, don’t ignore it, but be thoughtful enough to ask what would make her feel more comfortable. If a woman insists on leaving, then it’s time to go.
5. Channeling Socrates.
Now this is where it gets interesting. At this point, your conversation might as well be one from ancient Greece or go to the extreme of an existential crisis. While trying to explain your thoughts on life, you might be drifting off and attempting to solve third world problems, start getting emotional over those who are unfortunate, or even share your momentary thoughts on how this world is doomed. All that said, no one is really prepared to listen, and you have really gone under. Run.

It really doesn’t take much to enjoy a wine date. Make the effort to be in a comfortable setting, pay attention to what you really need to, and the rest comes down to how well you bring out the best you.
 
December 14, 2016 — 209 Lebanese Wine