Rounding up your friends and trying out some wines is pretty easy. I don’t suppose there is actually a wrong way to do it — except maybe at a children’s playground in the middle of the day.
For many years our wine club has followed the same format. It’s been pretty successful for us and you don’t need to know a single thing about wine tzo give
it a go. You just need to be conscious!
First, each of us brings a bottle of wine and an appy or some other food item that the wine should pair well with. We try each wine on its own and with a food that it is recommended to pair with.
If you aren’t sure what foods go with what wines, this information can most often be found on the back of the bottle. Sometimes the winery will have a website with pairing information and recipes and sometimes the liquor store staff can help you with this part.
If all else fails, fancy bread is always in style.
Once we get started, it is a pretty simple process. We try the lighter or sweeter white wines first and work our way through to the reds and dessert wines last.
We try just a bit to start.
You are looking for four separate experiences; look, smell, taste, feel. This is the part where you watch fancy people swish and spit.
We just sip and swallow. No show-off’s here!
Really, just try the wine. What do you smell? What do you taste?
Sometimes you can really smell berries or minerals or taste tobacco. Then try it again with food. Do you like it better that way?
After we have all tried a few sips, we chat about what we taste and if we like it. Then the person who brought the bottle will read the label, front and back, and we’ll chat about that.
Did it ring true? Is it a bunch of marketing hokey-pokey or did the label really help the buyer determine what was in the
Only after we have gone over all of this does the buyer reveal the price. Price point is usually what becomes the deciding factor for me as to whether I’ll buy the wine again.
After all of this, we each rate the wine out of six, an arbitrary number determined years ago, and move on to the next one.
You can see why trying 20 may be a tad heavy-handed for one night . . . eight is a great number of wines to try and a manageable number of guests and glasses to round up in the morning.
After all this we sit back, enjoy a glass or two of our favourites and start planning the next wine night.
Bonnie Bischoff is a Kamloops resident and wine enthusiast whose column appears Fridays in The Daily News. For more of her explorations, visit her blog, Sips in the City, at sipsinthecity.wordpress.com.