The Art of Wine Drinking
Wine Clubs and Wine Tasting
Wine is a fermented alcoholic grape extract. It is the perfect party and socialising accessory, they come in white, red or rose. This beverage is also an investment and, like leather, it really becomes premium with age. This is why bottles are sought as collectors' items and old-fashioned vineyards are tout le rage.
Purchasing wine is one thing, appreciating wine is an art form but once you've gotten into it you won't mind adding 40 per cent to your dinner billing on the beverage. If you've fallen in love with wine, you may wish to indulge more. Check out the Cellars Wine Club and treat yourself to their wide selection of international wines.
Some basic rules:
NEVER drink on an empty stomach. If you do, and you're with a man, it suggests that your date did not buy you dinner and thinks that you are a cheap date, or he is stingy, which is definitely not a good sign, but this is another issue to be dealt with.
NEVER mix and match. You must not mix styles and particular labels, and the same rule must apply with spiked beverages. Go for beer, hard spirits, or wine. Choose one kind and stick with it.
NEVER go further than the woozy, light-headed phase. At the vomiting and fainting phase you cease to give the impression of being even remotely alluring, and the hangover will counteract any enjoyment experienced.
DON'T try to match a man drink for drink if you have no idea of your limits. A woman's capacity is typically lower.
Don't join drinking competitions, except if it is your intention either to collapse, or be carried home oblivious to the world.
Appreciating Wine Tasting Events
Wine tasting, sniffing and spitting may occur to you as pretentious but, before you scoff, there is a method to this hobby. A wine-tasting gathering resembles choosing a fantastic shoe, with plenty of various styles and brands offered. You have to try a few to find out what best appeals to you, your taste, and your emotions. That said, the spitting bit should be skipped in restaurants, bars and any non-wine-tasting events.
Hold the open wine bottle and pour a small sample into the glass. Raise the glass to your lips. Close your eyes. Leisurely move the glass under your nose and breathe in deeply. Allow your mind to transport you on a journey to that aroma: to the rich terracotta of the wide landscape, the rolling terrain, the women with their peasant blouses, and their skirts trailing along the winding path . . . Wine tells a tale, you should listen and indulge it to understand it at its best.
A really exceptional bottle can delight your taste buds and psyche. This is why wine is so enthralling and addictive, and so potentially luxurious.