What to Smell For In Wine

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In today’s video Dani points out many different aromas that you can smell in wine. Our sense of smell is one of the most powerful senses out there, linking many aromas to memories. Remember that scene in Ratatouille where the food critic is taken back to his childhood after tasting the ratatouille served to him? You might give credit to the flavors of the food giving him that flashback, but really…its the aromas and his sense of smell doing the work.

This is why smelling your wine before tasting it is so important. Your nose deciphers what is going on in your glass, then your palate just confirms it.

So, how do we train our brains to dig deeper than just smelling “wine”?The easiest way to start is to look for fruit that you might be smelling (and don’t say “grapes!”…most wines do not smell grapey). Do you smell fruit? Ask your brain what kind of fruit. You could be smelling citrus, tropical fruit, red fruit, black fruit, or tree fruit. Then dig deeper…lets say you smell red fruit in your wine. Is it strawberry, cherry, cranberry, raspberry, or redcurrant? Is it unripe, ripe, jammy, baked, dried, or overripe? See where I’m going with all these questions? Just dig deeper and make your brain work a bit. It will be hard at first, but in no time you will be smelling your grandpa’s pipe tobacco or that time you were finger painting in preschool.

You can smell many things in wine besides fruit, so watch the video for some ideas for the next time you smell a wine in front of you!

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Cooking With Wine

Wine has been prominent in cooking since the earliest times, from the ancient Greek writings of Homer to those of the Romans, who consequently spread the teaching throughout Europe. The use of wine in cooking is intended to intensify and augment the flavor and texture of the food. It is not meant to disguise the flavor or quality but rather to enhance it.

How to Pick your Bottle of Wine

You plan to buy wine whether for a party or just for yourself, you need to know the ways of picking up the right selection. Although, the choice is more personal than routine or scientific, there are still some general tips as it is called the three Ps’: Preference, price and pairing. Thus, mastering these tips shall help you in the long term.

How to Order Wine at a Restaurant

You have called over people to your favorite restaurant for an exciting dining experience, and you wish to have the best dining experience. Moreover, dining is not just about the place you are eating at or the environment at the restaurant. It is also about the combination of food and the wine.

Cooking with The Right Wine

Wines are not just for drinking. They can also be used for cooking to add or fortify the flavors in every dish. A good bottle of wine can also make a fine dish even better by trying to enhance the flavors that they invoke.

Cooking With Wine

If you are a gourmet cook in the making then you know what cooking with wine can do for a meal. Cooking with wine adds that special something to a meal that spices cannot, enhancing flavors to some of your favorite recipes.

Wine Food Pairing – Thanksgiving, Share the Tale of Bird Day!

Most Americans in some way, shape or form tend to hold this holiday very dear. I took the opportunity to have a Thanksgiving training session for some Austrian folks. We invited three couples and instructed them to bring only wine, something that would pair nicely with turkey….

Wine Food Pairing – Comfort Foods and Wine

What is it about comfort foods that make them, so, comfortable? Remember, comfort food does not mean low rent! You can live large with comfort food and your favorite wines with just a little experimentation. So, go out there, use your imagination and let wine food pairing be a part of your life.

How To Use Your Oak Wine Rack With Marble Top

When you are storing wine, you are going to want to use something that is not only sleek and stylish, but something that will allow your wine to be stored in the correct manner. By using an oak wine rack with marble top, this can fulfill both of the requirements and allow you to drink wine that tastes great all of the time.

Wine Food Pairing – Turducken, Three Birds in One!

Have fun of trying to stuff a chicken inside a duck, and a duck inside a turkey. YIKES! Sounds naughty just talking about it! I twist and he turns, the turkey is slippery, but not as slippery as the chicken/duck. The whole thing almost slides off the counter top and my husband speaks a few naughty German words, and then, it is in! YEAH!!! VICTORY! Turducken!

Looking For Low Calorie Beer?

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