Dinner At Home With Friends

A wonderful way to have a successful evening 

Dinner and a Wine Tasting

Dinner with friends (1)

Lots of bottles on the table!

You’ve invited friends over. Bought the food. Cooked a great dinner.    The table is set and looks great! Several bottles of wine are going to be served with dinner. (Put all those bottles on the table opened!) Some a friend gave you, and some just purchased at the supermarket because the fellow who takes care of wine at the store told you that these are pretty good tasting. But . . . you don’t know anything about where they came from or what they taste like.

Time to do some research. My wife and I find that one of the things that charms guests about the entire dinner and evening, is when the host talks about the wines they are drinking. People love it!

So, get on your computer and find information about the winery, the particular wine and year it was made. Tasting notes if available. Soils, winemaker; everything, from the grape type to the weather that year and how it affected the crop. Print the information and as you are talking about a particular wine, hand out what you printed.
Your guests will love it!

And, don’t forget to look at the back of the bottle.  Wineries often put great information about their wine on the back label.

Did you know?  The French names Pinot-Noir and Pinot-Gris come from the color and shape of the grape and cluster.   The French word Pinot translates to English as Pine.  The shape of the clusters of both grapes is similar to a pine cone.  Noir, or dark is the color  coating on the  grapes* in  clusters of the Pinot-Noir grapes, and Gris translates to English as gray, the color coating on the surface of that grape type.  Pinot-Noir is red in color as the juice is left on the grapes after crush, that gives the juice it’s red color and flavors.  In France it is called Burgundy, taking the name from the region it is grown.  

Other countries may only use the name Pinot-Noir.  Pinot-Gris is usually made from the free run juice after crush and is most often a light rose, or pink in color.  Light tasting, dry and a often wonderful summer wine.

*The haze often found on the surface of grapes is a protein that is a natural sweetener! 

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